LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - Alfie Petit is a popular drag queen performer, Arial Trampway, whose show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs was a big hit until he was fired in October claiming anti-gay discrimination.
In the interest of full disclosure, our FOX 11 assistant news director, David Reese, was involved in launching Alfie’s show.
Alfie said, “They came and they asked me to do a show, and I said yes…and within a few weeks the actual owner said he didn’t want a drag show there.”
Spokesperson Michael Ralke said, “The majority owner of the hotel that owns the corporation and the franchise brought in Hard Rock International in June 2016 to run the hotel. They’ve had drag shows in their own properties, and so they wanted to bring a show in. They weren’t sure what they wanted, but they finally agreed it’d be great to do a brunch, and they wanted to help improve the relations with the gay and lesbian community in Palm Springs because there had been some bad blood.”
They brought Alfie in to produce a show, and it became very popular. After this, all the promotions were taken away, so he used his own means to promote the show. The show was also moved away from the lobby area to a less desirable location on the second floor. They were told by workers at the hotel who heard management saying if they knew a show like his would be coming to the hotel, they would have never approved it. Then, they heard management wanted to limit the number of gay events at the hotel and ‘didn’t want his hotel to turn gay’.
Ralke said all they are asking for is acknowledgement, and that this was an injustice. They want to show that this happened and that Arial has been damaged because the show was popular and could have run for 10 years.
A statement from Andra Capriac, a former owner at the hotel reads, "While I haven’t been involved in the hotel operations for a long time now, I know that the hotel has always prided itself on being inclusive of everyone, regardless of orientation, identification, race, etc. [We] have no idea why we’re named in the lawsuit and we don’t appreciate being improperly dragged into this dispute."
What’s next for Alfie? He’s not performing at the moment. You can find Alfie on Facebook here or on Twitter here.
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