As the manager of the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando Castellano sometimes comes across groups he politically disagrees with. But unlike most members of the LGBT community, when those groups decide to rent the War Memorial, it’s his job to work with them and make sure their needs are met.
The experience, he said, can be frustrating. But he believes in separating his work from his personal life and he believes in letting everyone speak their mind – even if the group’s message “does not bode well for the LGBT community.”
“I have to deal with it right up front and face-to-face. The bottom line is everybody is entitled to say what they wish. Sometimes, you have to bite your tongue and let things roll.”
Previously the auditorium manager for the Miami Dade County Auditorium, Castellano said his sexual orientation is actually part of the reason he’s so open. “I’m more open to a wider variety of people and accepting of all types of events. This profession is pretty open minded.”
It’s also one that provides him with a rare look into the sexuality of others. “Through the years, I’ve met a lot of people in the entertainment industry who still aren’t out. Each person has to make their own determination for what’s best with them.”