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Which Corporations Have Bought into “Out & Equal’s” Agenda?

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

A followup to AFTAH’s exclusive special report on Out & Equal’s radical agenda…

From the Out & Equal website:

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is proud to display our ever-increasing list of corporations who support LGBT workplace equality by encouraging and fostering their own employee resource groups (ERGs). With such valuable workplace groups in place, employees in one ERG can turn to leaders in other groups to share resources and establish good workplace practices for LGBT employees. LGBT employees trust their employers are keeping their interests in mind when making key business decisions that affect all employees…

True Out & Equal Workplace Leaders

The following companies have already joined the Out & Equal ERG Registry:

Aetna — Agilent Technologies — Air Products and Chemicals — Alcatel-Lucent — Alliant Energy
Ameriprise Financial — AMR/American Airlines — AOL — AstraZeneca — AT&T

Bain and Company — Bank of America — Barclays Capital — Best Buy — Boeing
Booz Allen Hamilton — BP — Bristol-Myers Squibb — Bryan Cave LLP — BT

Cargill — Caterpillar Inc. — CH2M Hill — Charles Schwab — Chase — Chevron — Chubb
Cingular Wireless — Cisco Systems — Citigroup — Clorox — Coca-Cola — Consolidated Edison
Convergys — Coors — Credit Suisse — CSAA — Cummins — CUNA Mutual Group

DaimlerChrysler — Deloitte — Deutsche Bank — Diamond — Disney — Dow — DuPont

Eastman Kodak Company — Equality Cincinnati — Ernst & Young, LLP

Faegre & Benson, LLP — Fairview Health Services — Finger Lakes LGBT Workplace Alliance
Ford
— Freescale

Gap Inc. — GE — GM — Google

Hallmark — Harris — Hewitt — Honeywell — HP — HSBC

IBM — ING — Intel — ITT Space Systems Division

James Madison University — JCPenney — Johnson & Johnson — JPMorgan Chase

Kaiser Permanente — Kimberly-Clark — KPMG LLP — Kraft Foods

Lockheed Martin

McDermott Will & Emery LLP — McDonald’s — McGraw-Hill — Medtronic — Mellon Financial
Merck Merrill Lynch — Microsoft — Morgan Stanley — Motorola

National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE — Nationwide — NCR
New York Life Insurance Co. — Nike, Inc. — Novartis

Owens Corning

PepsiCo — Pershing — Pfizer — Portland General Electric — Pratt & Whitney
PricewaterhouseCoopers — Principal Financial Group — Procter & Gamble — PSEG

Raytheon Company — Reuters

Safeway Inc — Shaw’s Supermarkets — Shell — SODEXHO — Space Coast Advocates’ Network
Starbucks Coffee Company — State Farm Insurance — Sun Microsystems — SUPERVALU

Teamsters — Texas Instruments — Thomson West — Time Warner — Toyota — Tropicana

University of Michigan Health System — University of Rochester — University of Virginia

Verizon — Visa

Wachovia — Waggener Edstrom Worldwide — WalMart — Wells Fargo — Wyeth

Wal-Mart Contributes 5% Of Online Sales Via DC Homosexual Community Center Website

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

A hat tip to our friends at American Family Association:

In a show of support to help homosexuals legalize same-sex “marriage,” Wal-Mart has agreed to automatically donate 5% of online sales directly to the Washington DC Community Center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People. The cash donation will come from all online purchases made at Wal-Mart through the homosexual group’s web site. This move follows Wal-Mart’s joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and agreeing to give generous financial help to that group.

AFA says that Wal-Mart also gave a generous cash donation to the Northwest Arkansas GLBT Community Center.

AFA is calling for a boycott of Wal-Mart on the Friday following Thanksgiving, which is typically the biggest shopping day of the year.

To sign a pledge to participate in the one-day boycott,
click HERE.

Note from Americans for Truth – Wal-Mart is not the only company participating in this program. Other familiar retailers include:

  • 1-800-Flowers (6%)
  • Amazon (5%)
  • Avon (8%)
  • Barnes and Noble (5%)
  • Disney Store (5%)
  • FTD (6%)
  • Gap (5%)
  • Hallmark (12%)
  • Office Max (4%)
  • REI (5%)
  • Staples (3%)
  • Toys R Us (via Amazon, 5%)
  • Verizon Online DSL ($40)

For a complete list of companies donating money from purchases to promote homosexuality, click HERE.

FOX News & Wal-Mart Sponsor National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Convention This Weekend

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

By Peter LaBarbera

Fox News and Wal-mart are among the high-level ($10,000) sponsors of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s (NLGJA) 2006 Convention in Miami (Sept 7-10 at Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel). Every year, the NLGJA garners hundreds of thousands of dollars in Big Media sponsorships for its convention; this year it appears (based on the sponsorship list below) that the total is around half a milliion dollars in corporate support.

The NLGJA bills itself as merely a professional organization for journalists who “happen to be gay,” as the liberal cliche goes. But the organization advocates a pro-homosexual “spinning” of the news not unlike the activist group GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Note, for example, the NLGJA’s advice to the media regarding coverage of Lance Bass, the ‘N Sync band member who recently publicly revealed his homosexuality:

  • The term “gay” is the preferred adjective that has largely replaced “homosexual” in referring to men who are sexually and affectionally attracted to other men. “Homosexual” should be used only if “heterosexual” would be used in parallel constructions, such as in medical contexts.
  • Whether in headlines, teases, or body copy, try to avoid using forms of the word “admit,” which is typically used in the context of something shameful or illegal. Some examples of less potentially charged words are “announce,” “disclose” and “say.”

While it is true that the “mainstream” (read: dominant liberal) media is so pro-homosexuality these days that it is hard to discern between media activism and plain old homosexual-group activism, that does not make it right. The media should play it down the middle on homosexuality and other controversial issues, not serve as a cheerleader for the “gay rights” cause.

Yet over the years, NLGJA members have repeatedly suggested that covering “both sides” of homosexuality-related issues is like quoting the KKK on stories about African Americans–a preposterous analogy especially considering that Blacks and minorities poll stronger against “gay marriage” than whites. Thus, if you think the Lance Bass advice above is tendentious, try this from NLGJA National President Eric Hegedus (a page designer for the Philadelphia Inquirer), who repeats the spurious white supremacist comparison on the journalist group’s website (emphasis added):

How appropriate is it to quote interviewees whose ideas could be considered homophobic?… Certainly, news organizations have written extensively about white supremacists and other hate groups. For instance, in October we saw a flurry of stories about 13-year-old twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who use entertainment to promote the supremacist movement (“Young singers spread racist hate,” said a headline on the ABC News Web site). But I doubt that any journalist is adding them to a source contact list for bringing “balance” to future stories about reparations, interracial marriage, the Holocaust or immigration. That same ethic needs to extend to LGBT coverage, too.

Although not all NLGJA members may share Hegedus’ view on this, clearly the NLGJA is an activist organization with a strong institutional bias against those espousing traditionalist views on homosexuality.

Our question for Fox News executives is: if you are truly “fair and balanced,” will you now give an equal and corresponding grant to Americans for Truth or another pro-family organization, say, Accuracy in Media, that counters the ubiquitous pro-“gay” spin in the media? We’ll be awaiting your answer.

The following are corporate sponsors for this year’s NLGJA conference in Miami:

“Groundbreaker Level” – $35,000

• Miami Herald
• El Nuevo Herald
• McClatchy Co

“Headliner Level” – $25,000

• Planet Out
• Harrah’s
• Jet Blue

“Editorial Level” – $15,000

• MGM Mirage
• BELO
• CBS
• CNN
• Gannett Foundation
• Hearst Corp
• Coca Cola
• Orbitz
• US Newswire
• ESPN
• Verizon
• Microsoft

“Feature Level” – $10,000

• NBC Universal
• Key West
• Gilead
• Toyota
• IBM
• Passport
• (illegible)
• Bloomberg
• Wal-Mart – [That’s right, the same Wal-Mart that recently gave $25,000 to National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring NLGJA–Ed.]
• Sam’s Club
• Fox News

“News Brief Level” – $5,000

• ABC News
• GM
• Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
• Hill & Knowlton
• Kimpton Hotels
• Nielson Media Research
• Q Syndicate
• UBS
• China Grill

“Source Level” – up to $5,000

• Los Angeles Times
• Page & Author
• South Florida Black Journalists Association
• South Florida Sun-Sentinel
• Washington Post
• Tribune Company

San Diego City Council Shames Itself Over Pride

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Excerpted from City Council Shames Itself Over Pride, by Nicholas Owen, published Aug 2006, in San Diego News Notes:

By Nicholas Owen

…The July 29 parade lasted over three hours and included 185 contingents. Many entries featured scantily clad participants, mostly men, gyrating suggestively to loud, throbbing music. Float titles included “In Dmood for Decadence.” Simulated sex acts were performed in several entries, and many advertised gay bars, pornography vendors, and male prostitution businesses. A rider in the Rentboy.com convertible flashed the devil sign with his hand. Handouts to parade spectators included condoms, sexual lubricant samples, and literature promoting a pornographic web site. Numerous trash receptacles bearing the slogan “Got lube?” (advertising an anal sex lubricant) were placed along the parade route and in the festival venue inside Balboa Park.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a drag queen group in outlandish outfits parodying Catholic women religious, carried an “Asylum of the Tortured Heart” banner, mocking Catholic devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the Gay Pride festival, they provided crowd control and received an award for the “most outrageous contingent.”

A woman who was topless except for pasties walked alongside the parade. A man wearing a body thong covering only his genitals roller-skated by parade watchers in defiance of municipal code which prohibits nudity on public lands and defines it as being “devoid of an opaque covering which covers the genitals, pubic hair, buttocks, perineum, anus or anal region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the areola thereof of any female person.”

Several law enforcement and government agencies participated in the parade or had a booth at the festival, including San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender, the San Diego Fire Department, the Chula Vista Police Department, the Oceanside Police Department, the Harbor Police, and the San Diego Regional Airport Authority.

[S]ponsors included Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo Bank, Cox Communications, Viejas Casino, Sparkletts Water, Starbucks Coffee, Verizon, Sirius Satellite Radio Sempra Energy, iSOLD It, Great American Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, Travelocity, Yahoo, Smirnoff, Bud Light, Avis Car Rentals, Glaceau Vitamin Water, and the Old Globe Theatre.

Participating churches and synagogues included All Saints Parish and Saint John the Beloved Cathedral of the Catholic Church of America (not affiliated with the true Catholic Church); Dignity, another group using the Catholic label but not sanctioned by the Catholic Church; Christ Chapel of North Park; Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral; Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad; Temple Emanu-El and the Metropolitan Community Church, founded by a homosexual “leatherman.” Participating schools included San Diego State University, UCSD, Cal State University San Marcos, and the San Diego Cooperative Charter School.

Continue reading in San Diego News Notes…


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