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.
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.