Carl Paladino Was Landlord To Gay Bars; Son Ran One
New York candidate for governor Carl Paladino, notorious for gay-bashing, rented to two gay clubs in downtown Buffalo. One of the clubs was run by his son, William. Paladino criticized opponent Andrew Cuomo’s parenting for taking his daughters to a gay parade, because gays there “wear Speedos and grind against each other.” Who knew Paladino was in the gay bar business?
…a club named Cobalt operated as a gay bar in 2004 and most of 2005 and was run by Paladino’s son, William. It was housed in a building owned by one of Paladino’s many companies, Huron Group LLC…
…license records also showed that the other club, Buddies II, operated under the name Queen City Entertainment in another Paladino building in 2005 and 2006.
Buddies II described itself as a “bar where anyone and everyone is welcome (and) prejudices are left at the door,” the [New York Daily] News said.
While there is no evidence of Speedos in the picture here, the Flickr tag on it says it’s “some of the cute guys from Buddies II (the local bear/leather bar).” The photo is from “Buffalo Pride 2006.” Sounds very much like a parade.