Tag: Yotel Gay Bashing
This weekend millions will come to New York City to celebrate Gay Pride. It will also mark two weeks since Jamie Ranieri and her friend reported they were harassed by two men who spat out homophobic slurs and later attacked the nightlife personality and her gay friend. Now, Ranieri is proud to be standing up against YOTEL New York since the futuristic hotel’s management refuses to issue an apology for the incident and the way it was handled. GaySocialites.com spoke with her exclusively in this follow-up.
After reporting that a bias attack took place over the weekend at a bar located inside YOTEL New York, GaySocialites.com spoke exclusively with a representative authorized to speak on behalf of the hotel who said his organization is committed to supporting the LGBT community, especially considering that many members of his organization fit into that demographic.
Although Geoffrey Mills, Yotel’s Managing Director, wasn’t present when the incident occurred, he was briefed on the sequence of events by reviewing the surveillance video shot on cameras placed throughout the bar and taking testimony from staff members working that night. He also said he has been in contact with those involved in the incident to gather their side of the story and regain their loyalty as customers.
Mills, however, admits the incident didn’t exactly unfold without flaws.
“I think mistakes were made by several people,” he said.
Team Coverage by Charles Winters and Thomas Bistritz
A man says he was taunted and attacked for being gay while having a cocktail at a bar located in a swanky hotel just one block from Manhattan’s first gay-themed hotel near Times Square. New York nightlife personality Jamie Ranieri was actually partying with the victim and jumped in to help when the staff at Yotel did not. GaySocialites.com spoke with her exclusively about the incident. Our senior editors, Charles Winters and Thomas Bistritz, provide team coverage.