An LGBT social club is opening in San Francisco, however many LGBT advocates aren’t too pleased with who is behind the new establishment.
According to the Huffington Post, “Yass,” will be opening its doors to the public in the spring of 2018 in San Francisco’s Mission District. As mentioned on the club’s official site, some of the amenities included in one’s membership to the club are access to “hangout spots,” in the city and “library workspaces.”
“Bars, clubs, and apps can be a sugar rush. We love them too, but sometimes we’re looking for more,” Yass’ site reads. “Imagine instead, walking into a room filled with the queer role models you never had. Yass is this space.”
Despite what the space is offering to the LGBT community, many individuals have expressed their anger due to its ties with Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.
According to the Huff Post, the 50-year-old man, who is openly gay, donated 1.25 million to Trump’s election campaign and believes the president stands for LGBT rights, as he stated in a January interview for the New York Times.
Many have been vocal on their disapproval of the new social club that is being opened including, David Campos, Mission District’s former election supervisor. For Campos and several others, a club that supports the Trump administration does not serve the LGBT community.
“This is a president who has tried to disenfranchise members of the LGBT community,” Campos told The Guardian in a interview last week. “When a gay man essentially becomes a tool of someone who is prosecuting people, that gay man needs to be called out.”
For Yass’s founder and CEO Brian Tran although he acknowledges Thiel as a “controversial figure,” he believes their intentions of creating the club are well.
“My commitment is to serving the queer community and their needs. And that is separate from what individuals at Founders Fund believe,” he told The Guardian. “I don’t know what his real intentions are, and it’s hard to make a judgment … Undeniably, he has made a large impact in our economy.”