And now the union is extending its anti-MMA effforts to complaining that a local gay and lesbian community center is honoring the UFC.
The union often creates a fictitious anti-MMA organization that purports to do good, while their real intention is to unionize a casino chain, where the workers don't want to unionize. Thus this time the complaints are not coming from the United Allied Group of LGBTQQIA Patriots Against Violence and Cat Juggling, but rather from the union itself.
Yesenia Amaro from the Las Vegas Review Journal has the story.
Last spring, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada recognized the UFC as its corporation of the year.
In a letter dated Sept. 16, the Culinary union told the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada’s Board of Directors that it’s “alarmed that the Center is honoring the Ultimate Fighting Championship as the corporation of the year.”
“Not only are the owners of the UFC embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with the Culinary Union over casino properties, Station Casinos, which provides no benefits to domestic partners through their 2013 health plan, but the UFC has a history of tolerating offensive comments by fighters and company representatives, including anti-gay and misogynistic remarks,” the letter says.
Ryan Marquardt, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, said the UFC donated about $200,000 to the center in early 2012. The award by the center to the UFC was presented in late April or early May of this year.
The center will not reconsider rescinding its recognition of the UFC, he said Monday.
Raymond Wilmer, president of the center’s board of directors, said in a statement that “the partnership between the center and UFC is unlike any other joint effort” they have.
“From the outset of our partnership, the participation by UFC in the life of the center has been about more than just funding,” he said. “They have had an impressive presence at significant events, and they have ensured that this participation has been inclusive and has included the highest level of leadership of UFC. The center, in turn, has committed ourselves to supporting UFC’s long-standing efforts to ensure that their operation is fully supportive of equality and the LGBT community.”