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‘Star Trek Discovery’ star Wilson Cruz leading boycott of Equinox over Stephen Ross fundraiser for Donald Trump

Equinox owner Stephen Ross is slated to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump on Friday, but leftists have organized a petition on Change.org with Star Trek: Discovery star Wilson Cruz-Echevarria creating the petition.

The petition on Change.org is calling for Equinox to cut ties with Trump support, saying Equinox gym is a place that seemingly supports an inclusive and diverse viewpoint. “We joined this gym because we believed it shared our values,” wrote petition creator Wilson Cruz-Echevarria. “We believed it was a safe space for people like us. We believed that we were supporting a company that was inclusive, accepting and celebrating our diversity and supporting our physical and mental health as a community.”

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It continues: “You have a MORAL obligation to be all of those things for your members. Supporting this administration and the myriad of ways in which it undermines and endangers members of our communities is UNACCEPTABLE and if this fundraiser indeed does take place we will be looking for another gym to give our money to and we will be calling on our networks of LGBTQ and POC friends to do the same.”

Cruz is gay, a host for the Youth Zone, an online community at Gay.com for LGBT youth, most known for Trek role.

Ross is the majority owner of Related Companies, the parent company of Equinox Fitness, which owns Equinox gyms, along with SoulCycle, PURE Yoga and Blink Fitness.

The fundraiser will take place on Friday in Southampton, New York, and Trump is expected to be in attendance.

All proceeds will benefit Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Tickets for Ross’ fundraiser, which is one of many taking place in the Hamptons this weekend, begin at $100,000 and cap at $250,000. The lowest price tier invites attendees to lunch and a photo-op with the sitting president.

A spokesperson for Equinox and SoulCycle issued the following statement to The Advocate:  “Neither Equinox nor SoulCycle have anything to do with the event later this week and do not support it. As is consistent with our policies, no company profits are used to fund politicians. We are committed to all our members and the communities we live in. We believe in tolerance and equality, and will always stay true to those values. Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of either business.”

The Hornet writes “The Equinox gym chain had previously been considered a supporter of the LGBTQ community.”

The Advocate added “Equinox has branded itself as an LGBTQ ally, partnering with the House Ballroom community and supporting charities like House Lives Matter to assist marginalized people. However, the news of Ross’s fundraising for Trump — whose administration has actively worked to roll back LGBTQ rights — will likely overshadow any such efforts.”

They touted this fascist practice on the outlet: “Boycotts are a common tactic among members of the LGBTQ community and its allies to protest businesses and business owners supporting antigay bigotry. Chick-fil-A and the Beverly Hills Hotel have both recently faced boycotts. ”

“The idea that Ross is asking $100,000 to $250,000 from people to host an alleged criminal who seeks my oppression is not just offensive, it’s dangerous,” @erepstein on Twitter, encouraging more outrage and protest.

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