El Paso gay club the OP apologizes after part-owner attends Trump rally

El Paso News
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The CEO of a local gay nightclub is apologizing after one of the club’s part-owners attended President Trump’s rally in El Paso. 

Johnny Alcantar, one of five owners of the Old Plantation, known as the OP, posted a photo of himself on Instagram smiling alongside a group holding a Trump banner. Alcantar also posted a video story. 

The images drew immediate criticism from local drag performers and members of the LGBT community, given the President’s record on transgender rights and his alliances with anti-LGBT groups.

Angry posts on Facebookone shared hundreds of timescalled for a boycott of the OP, a club that just reopened late last summer after being closed for several years.

KTSM spoke with Alcantar by phone who apologized and said he only attended the rally to see a sitting president. 

“It was never my intention to hurt anyone,” Alcantar said. “I didn’t know the stuff that Trump was passing.”

“I don’t agree with everything that Donald Trump says,” he continued, “But I have to support our President because he’s our current president; I don’t have any other choice.”

Alcantar added he has gay friends and family members. 

The CEO of the OP, Mark Adkins, released a statement reading, in part: 

“To all of our fellow patrons, and LGBT members. We apologize for any confusion going through your heads at this time. We want to make one thing as clear as crystal: The Old Plantation Nightclub does NOT support Trump’s views or opinions ESPECIALLY towards our LGBT community. The OP was built by and built for the LGBT community and everyone should already know that.”

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