When the Gaylord Hotel closed down on February 10, 2018, the city’s gay community was left to cope with the loss of the oldest gay-owned hotel in the city.
The Gaylord closed its doors on January 25, 2019.
The city’s tourism and hospitality industry is still reeling from the loss and it was hoped that the hotel would be reopened, but now it looks like the gay community will have to wait until the end of the year to have their rooms back.
A new LGBT Pride event, titled The Pride of New York, was held on Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gaylords’ closing.
It was attended by more than 250 people from the city, with more than 300 people from across the country, who came to pay tribute to the Gayladys original employees.
This year’s event was organized by the LGBT community, with several local businesses, including the gay bars and restaurants, participating in the event.
A group of former Gaylords employees, who have come to the city to pay their respects, were present at the event, along with former staff members of the hotel.
The former employees were invited to pay homage to the gay staff who worked there for more than 50 years.
A former Gaylord employee who wished to remain anonymous told The Hindu, “We are so proud of our former Gayladies, the ones who have been here for so long.
It is our duty to honor them and their families, and we will do everything in our power to honor their legacy in the future.”
The Gaylords original staff members will be paid tribute during a vigil on Saturday at 8 a.m. on Sunday at the Gaylest Hotel, located at the corner of 16th Avenue and Broadway.