The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Blames Unions For The Ongoing LGBT Boycotts. WTF?

Andy over at has posted a letter that he recieved from The Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

For those of you who might not remember, the hotels owner sleazeball Doug Hyatt gave $125,000 to the Prop 8 campaign to overturn gay marriage in California because his “catholic roots” are gainst it. (But that didn;t stop him from divorcing his wife and hiding his money so she couldn;t get it in the settlement)  Anyway, since then the LGBT Community has been boycotting the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego and rightfully so.

This weekend the American Historical Association is holding its annual convention at the hotel, unfortunately it is a LARGE convention and they booked the rooms well before Prop 8 went to vote and Manchesters donation became public but the AHA does plan to include forums on same-sex marriage as part of its agenda. and in a memo (via Rex Wockner) The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an affiliate society of the American Historical Association, tells its members that it “stands in full solidarity with the local community in San Diego and with the goals of the boycott organizers” and urging them to “act up”:

“We ask that conference participants take all opportunities possible to clearly and visibly express their opposition to Manchester’s actions, and that those participating in and attending the mini-conference on historical perspectives on same-sex marriage take the opportunity to act up inside the hotel in solidarity with those organizing and observing the boycott.”

Bravo to The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History.  (You can read the full pdf. memo HERE.)

Well The Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego released a statement to Towleroad regarding the planned demonstrations in which it states that the LGBT Community boycott and demostrations are being manipulated by the Unions which the Hyatt is having problems with because its a cheap ass company.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego would like to acknowledge the activities taking place this weekend both inside and outside our hotel property.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego welcomes the American Historical Association (AHA) to our hotel. The AHA has confirmed a block of more than 4,000 room nights. The AHA Executive Committee honored their contract with Hyatt and they decided not to bow to the pressure of outside groups to cancel their convention. The AHA is including numerous sessions on their schedule regarding same-sex marriage issues in a variety of contexts. These sessions have also been made available to the public.

There are a number of outside organizations that are intentionally targeting Manchester Grand Hyatt under the guise of the equality movement with a hidden Union agenda. This is both misleading to the public and to the activists that respect and follow the organizations and their leadership. Hyatt has a significant history of support for the LGBT community, spanning several years with multiple awards and recognitions, which is unparalleled in the hospitality business.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego will continue to welcome and celebrate guests and patrons of all backgrounds, faiths and orientations – as we also respect and support constructive exhibitions of free speech. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego looks forward to welcoming our guests from the American Historical Association and appreciates their loyalty 

The above statement looks to me like its from from Hyatt Corp and the Mgmt of that hotel. Yes, the money  money was donated by the owner of the building and although I can understand Hyatt wanting to distance themselves from Manchester, no one believes, and it is disingenuous to suggest, that it is in any way about Unions.   That in itself is a very low blow from the Hyatt Corp suggusting that the Unions are manipulating these boycotts.

It will be a cold day in hell before I stay at ANY Hyatt again.  That I can assure you.


Will Kohler

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