Members of the community have reached out to the WeHo Times with concerns that Fiesta Cantina, the restaurant and bar located at in the heart of WeHo’s Boystown, has been hosting mixers for a political group known for their open support of President Trump.
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, a queer political organization, are currently selling tickets for their next mixer on Friday, May 24, at the WeHo restaurant located on 8865 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood.
According to a representative for Fiesta Cantina who asked not to be identified, the bar does not take any political position, nor do they support any specific political party or group.
“We don’t discriminate against any political group, we want to make sure that we include all members of our community,” they said. “As a business we are just trying to create a safe and non-judgmental space.”
The Los Angeles chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans was unavailable for comment at the time of publication; however, this is not the first mixer Fiesta Cantina has hosted for the pro-Trump group. According to their website, Log Cabin Los Angeles has been having mixers at the popular gay bar for several years. They even held a 2016 election victory party at the upbeat Mexican restaurant known for happy-hour specials, a rooftop deck and large TVs.
Following the 2016 victory of President Trump the group released the following statement:
“The Los Angeles Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans proudly endorses Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America. Needless to say, this has been a wild election year, and Donald Trump has been anything but a conventional candidate. But our chapter is excited to unite behind Trump as the most pro-LGBT candidate in our Party’s history, and help defeat Hillary Clinton on November 8th!”
This information is, however, in staunch contrast to the administration’s actions since Mr. Trump assumed office.
According to an article published by the Washington Blade, the Trump administration plans to block a bill that would protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, commonly known as the Equality Act. This comes after expanding so-called religious freedom protections for health care workers at the beginning of the month. The added protections would penalize health care institutions with the loss of federal funding for failing to protect the religious beliefs of their employees.
President Trump is also known for his transgender military ban which took effect in April and prohibits transgender persons from serving in the United States Armed Forces if they have transitioned from the gender they were assigned at birth. The ban likewise prohibits service members from acting or appearing transgender with regards to uniform and other military standards for their gender assigned at birth.
Moreover, the FBI has reported a rise in hate crimes since Mr. Trump took office. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting program, UCR, jumped 17 percent from 2016 to 2017. UCR stated in their annual Hate Crime Statistics report that they received 7,175 reports of hate crimes in 2017 from law enforcement compared to 6,121 in 2016.
Sunset Restaurant Management Group, the corporate umbrella company that owns Fiesta Cantina as well other Cabo-themed bars, was contacted for comment regarding the mixers. An employee who also wished to remain anonymous said they were not involved in booking the group. This however does no align with what a representative of the bar said as, according to them, all reservations go through their website which is run by the corporate office.
Admission for the Log Cabin Republicans mixer at Fiesta Cantina range from $10-$15, depending on membership. The event is starring acclaimed street artist Sabo.