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08/29/2007

Inn gives Pete earlier checkout time than he'd have like

by Jeremy Hooper

 Right Images LabarberaLast week we told you that Peter LaBarbera (pic.) will be throwing the first annual fundraising dinner for his extremely anti-gay Americans For Truth group on Saturday, October 6. Well, Pete has apparently been forced to change the date and location of the event after the local Holiday Inn cancelled his plans:

Holiday Inn dumps Christian banquet; group says anti-Christian discrimination at play [ONN]

Now that's a turndown service!

In response, MrLabs claims the cancellation was made because he warned the hotel staff that his event might be protested by gay activists, which the hotel feared would bring them negative publicity. However, considering that (a) the event was to feature both an "ex-gay" and a parent who has made a national crusade out of trying to keep gay acceptance from being taught in public schools, and (b) we disagree with 97.9% of what we've ever known to come forth from Peter LaBarbera's mouth, somehow we have a hard time believing that the possibility of a few gays protesting the extreme bias that's fostered by Pete's group was what the hotel feared would bring the negative publicity.

We've put both calls and emails in to a few Holiday Inn staffers, so we'll let you know if they get back to us with more. In the meantime, Pete seems to be looking for an alternate venue for his par-tay. if anyone knows of an alternate location where we gays can stand outside and protest the mean-spirited discrimination that Peter will be hiding behind the guise of religious compassion Pete can hold his soiree, please let us know.

**UPDATE, 8/30: This from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Holiday Inn Select General Manager Dennis Igoe called LaBarbera's allegations of discrimination "ludicrous."

"We took a look at what we had at the hotel on the same evening. We had a wedding in the other ballroom," Igoe said. "For the safety and security of all of our employees and guests, we decided that it is not a function that we wanted to have, based upon the potential of having a protest."

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I heard Pete's evening gown will be a satin Vera Wang number.

Posted by: Franc | Aug 31, 2007 12:31:40 AM

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