FROM THE New York Daily News:

In a statement, Anthony Picolia said he was “excited” to be a part of the New Hampshire Pride Fest, set for Aug. 11 in Manchester. “In both my personal and professional life, I have had and continue to have positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community,” he continued. “It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

Well done, Anthony Picolia.

Live free or die trying.

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