The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association prides itself as being “the world’s leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBTQ travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way.” But on July 5, following an email announcing its latest member businesses, the organization was met with gasps and shock from many within the LGBTQ community. Three Trump properties have been added to its ranks of “successful businesses supporting LGBTQ tourism.”
IGLTA has long kept a database of international businesses that support the queer community, meant to be a useful tool for travelers who understand the power of their “pink dollar.”
So with an undeniable connection between Trump properties and the anti–LGBTQ administration of current U.S. President Donald Trump, what are the Trump SoHo New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and Trump International Hotel & Tower New York doing on such a list?
The three Trump properties joined the ranks of the “LGBTQ-friendly businesses” lauded by IGLTA last month, June, also known as Pride month in the United States — and, yes, the irony is palpable.
As has been covered extensively, Trump refused to do the LGBTQ community the honor of acknowledging June as Pride Month, making him the first president since George W. Bush to fail to do so. (Bill Clinton began the tradition, and Barack Obama set the additional precedent of a White House reception.)
It’s well-known that despite the large number of buildings baring Donald Trump’s last name, the real estate developer and current president does not in fact own all of those properties. In Manhattan alone, 17 buildings have the Trump name emblazoned upon them, but the man owns very few of them.
Still, many are outraged at the revelation of IGLTA’s addition of the properties to its ranks, citing the move as “tone deaf.”
UPDATE, July 5, 8 p.m. PST: We have since discovered a Change.org petition — created six years ago — asking the IGLTA board to “dump Trump properties,” citing his anti-equality views. The month following that petition’s creation, the board planned to meet to discuss whether Trump properties should lose their membership.
We’ll have continued coverage of the story as it progresses.