APA’s Council of Representatives voted to move its August meeting out of the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel.In response to a donation to the Proposition 8 campaign by the owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Doug Manchester, a number of APA divisions and members voiced concerns about APA’s use of the hotel during its annual meeting.
“Today’s decision allows council to make an important statement that it stands in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies in protest of Mr. Manchester’s political views,” said APA President Carol D. Goodheart, EdD. “Members of our council will now not be faced with having to choose between their responsibilities as members of council and their wish to express their opposition to Mr. Manchester’s action by not entering his hotel.”
Early last year, APA learned that Manchester had contributed $125,000 to Proposition 8, the effort to overturn the California Supreme Court ruling providing marriage equity for same-sex couples. APA is not calling for a general boycott of the hotel but will make every effort to provide choices to members or groups who do not want to use the Hyatt. Other lodging and meeting space will be available.
“It is important that we be respectful of the decisions of individuals — those who choose to stay at the Hyatt and those who do not,” said Goodheart.
In addition, APA plans to use the meeting to highlight the association’s policy statement in support of same-sex marriage and the science that supports that position.