The recent events at Yotel have left many in New York’s LGBT community disturbed. Not only did the incident occur during Pride Month, but also a week before NYC’s own Pride Week commences. Enter the Anti-Violence Project (AVP), an important non-profit organization that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and their allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. And AVP plans to do just that this evening.
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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.