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GLAAD's Statement on Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego -

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 5:56 AM

From: Jess Durfee, Chair, SDCounty Democratic Party

Subject: Re: GLAAD's Statement on Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - "Pride Rocks"

Note: Good for GLAAD. Date: April 22,[masked]:29:31 PM PDT

For Immediate Release

Marc McCarthy
Senior Director of Communications
(323)[masked] P
[address removed]


Los Angeles, April 22, 2008 - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) immediately withdrew today from the "Pride Rocks" event scheduled to take place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, owned by San Diego businessman Doug Manchester.

GLAAD has an existing relationship with Global Hyatt Corporation and is continuing to participate in other Hyatt "Pride Rocks" events this summer, but does not and will not have a relationship with the individual hotel property owned by Mr. Manchester.

"Mr. Manchester's decision to fund an initiative that would hurt loving, committed gay couples makes it impossible for us to continue to be associated with any promotion of his venue," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "GLAAD strongly encourages members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to speak as one and to withdraw their support from this venue's event as well."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit

From: Jess Durfee, Chair, SDCounty Democratic Party
Subject: Shame on PlanetOut & GLAAD
Date: April 22,[masked]:30:40 PM PDT

Please forward and distribute this widely and call upon PlanetOut and GLAAD to disaffiliate themselves from Doug Manchester!!!

Jess Durfee
Co-Chair, LGBT Caucus
California Democratic Party

PlanetOut (which owns The Advocate,, etc.) is hosting a "Pride

Rocks" party at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in July.


The Manchester Grand Hyatt is owned by Doug Manchester, who donated
$125,000 to the Protect Marriage folks who are trying to amend the state

Union-Tribune news story on that here: and below/


In addition, GLAAD has partnered with the Manchester Grand Hyatt (and 25
other Hyatts) to offer a Pride 2008 "GLAAD Package."




Neither the PlanetOut party nor the GLAAD Package are affiliated with the
San Diego LGBT Pride organization.

Contact PlanetOut:
Contact GLAAD:

More Metro news

Developer is foe of same-sex marriage

Manchester, others help fund initiative

By Bill Ainsworth
March 15, 2008
Developer Doug Manchester and other prominent San Diego County businessmen have given significant financial support to an initiative that would ban same-sex marriage targeted for the November statewide ballot.

Douglas Manchester
Manchester's $125,000 donation has prompted a gay-rights activist to urge a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the Manchester-owned San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina.

In addition to Manchester, Mission Valley developer Terry Caster has donated $162,500; Robert Hoehn, owner of Hoehn Motors in Carlsbad, has given $25,000; and La Jolla businessman Roger Benson has given $50,000, state records show.

Manchester said he was motivated by his strong Catholic faith.

?I personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman,? he said.

Donations from San Diego residents make up a significant part of the $1 million raised for the initiative.


That has allowed the campaign to hire professional signature gatherers to help collect the 700,000 signatures needed to qualify the constitutional amendment for the ballot, said Andrew Pugno, an attorney for, which is sponsoring the amendment.
Pugno believes his group will have enough signatures to make the ballot, but it will be close. The group expects to turn signatures in next month. Past efforts relying almost exclusively on volunteer signature gatherers have failed.

Keith Gran, a gay-rights activist and global project manager for a medical device company, said he is outraged by Manchester's donation.

?He's paying people to add a bigoted, discriminatory amendment to the constitution,? Gran said. ?I think that's appalling. I think people ought to know that.?

In 2000, Proposition 22, a statute banning same-sex marriage, was approved by 61 percent of California voters. A constitutional amendment is less vulnerable to legal challenge.

Supporters of the new initiative effort said they believe any boycott would fail.

?Support for traditional marriage is a mainstream view,? Pugno said. ?I can't imagine that efforts to boycott businesses with mainstream views are going to be successful.?

Manchester said his hotels and restaurants welcome gays and lesbians as employees and as customers. ?I don't want to offend anybody,? he said.

But Manchester said he decided to donate because he has heard that schools that teach that marriage is between a man and a woman could be sued for discriminating against gays and lesbians.

?When they say that we cannot say that a marriage is between a man and a woman, that's where I draw the line,? Manchester said.

Manchester said he was encouraged by his friend Caster.

Caster, who heads Caster Cos., which owns A-1 Self-Storage and other commercial properties, said he believes that marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to society.

?Without solid marriage, you are going to have a sick society,? he said.

Pugno said he believes that donations for the initiative have increased because the California Supreme Court is weighing a lawsuit on the legality of same-sex marriage.

News of Manchester's contribution has been circulating throughout the gay and lesbian community for several weeks. State Sen. Christine Kehoe, a San Diego Democrat who is a lesbian, said she was disappointed by Manchester.

?I was surprised that Doug Manchester would make such an enormous contribution to try to deny a small group of Californians their civil rights,? Kehoe said.

Gran has contacted officials with the Hyatt Corp., which operates the Manchester Grand Hyatt, to discuss the issue.

Hyatt employees plan to meet next week with the Greater San Diego Business Association, which promotes businesses owned by gays and lesbians.

?We are looking for them to put some distance between themselves and Doug Manchester,? said Joyce Marieb, chief executive officer of the business association.

Ken Dolan, a sales representative at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, said the Hyatt Corp. has a good record in supporting and hiring gays and lesbians.

?We are friendly to the (gay and lesbian) community,? Dolan said. ?As a hotel, we had nothing to do with the contribution. We are trying to move ahead.?

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