The owner of a gay bar in El Paso, Texas, has come under fire by members of the LGBTQ community for attending a President Donald Trump 2020 campaign rally in his city Monday night
Johnny Alcantar, one of five owners of The Old Plantation (known as the OP), shared a photo of himself at the rally holding up a Trump banner alongside other Trump supporters.
Puta Kahlo, a local drag queen, noticed the post and shared it via social media saying he was “disgusted.”
“Y’all, straight people are the first to try to profit off of our community and our art but won’t hesitate to support a man who has called trans people burdens, hasn’t done shit for community but try to erase us, degraded women, and perpetuated racist and xenophobic rhetoric. It’s so easy to buy a space and slap the OP’s name on it – but how much do you REALLY know about us and what have you done for the community? ‘Cause right about now, your position is looking pretty questionable.”
Owner and CEO of the Old Plantation, Mark Adkins, apologized in a statement saying, “The Old Plantation Nightclub does NOT support Trump’s views or opinions especially towards our LGBTQ community.”
Adkins went on to say Alcantar is a minority stakeholder in the club and does not “represent The Old Plantation, its ownership or our community in any way.”
The statement went on to claim that Alcantar had been spoken to about the Instagram post and he “expressed his regret for posting about the rally on social media and his fundamental lack of knowledge about the ways in which Trump’s administration is working to stifle the rights of the LGBTQ community, as well as the rights of others in the greater El Paso community.”
“It’s very easy to forget how to express and show love and respect when politicians, including our own president, are spreading division through their words and policies. We have faith, however, that love will always win,” the statement added.
Alcantar told local station KTSM that he only attended the rally to see a sitting president.
“It was never my intention to hurt anyone,” Alcantar said. “I didn’t know the stuff that Trump was passing.”
“I don’t agree with everything that Donald Trump says,” he added, “But I have to support our President because he’s our current president; I don’t have any other choice.”
Alcantar also mentioned he “has gay friends and family members.”
Some members of the El Paso LGBTQ community are calling for a boycott of the club which just recently reopened.