Rosie O’Donnell will not be staying at the Trump Chicago hotel while she tapes her new talk show for the Oprah Winfrey Network, a rep for O’Donnell told The Advocate on Tuesday.
Last week, O’Donnell mentioned on a radio show that she was going to stay at the Trump property while looking at real estate options.
But that was before the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called for a boycott of all of Trump’s businesses because of his position against LGBT rights.
“Rosie O’Donnell has sent an important message to the majority of Americans — gay and straight — who don’t agree with Donald Trump’s statements against marriage equality for all loving and committed couples,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.
“Fair-minded people should think twice about supporting a businessman who courts our dollars but advocates denying gay and lesbian couples protections that all families need to take care of each other.”
GLAAD has launched the “Tune Out Trump” campaign, calling on the LGBT community and its allies to boycott his his television shows, hotels, resorts, and golf courses.
“Trump is sending the message to the 1 million gay couples who are raising approximately 2 million kids in the United States that they shouldn’t be treated equally,” said GLAAD.
“He wants their viewership for his shows and their money at his properties — gay and lesbian travelers spend an estimated $17 billion a year for tourism — but Trump doesn’t want to allow them the same dignity and respect as all loving couples and families. This is both an unfair and unwise business practice.”
In an interview with the the Des Moines Register in March, Trump was asked his position on marriage and civil benefits for gays. “As of this moment, I would say no and no,” he replied.