Monday, June 13, 2005

When People Can't Accept Change

A dear friend just sent me an email asking me what's the deal with my recent posts concerning LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues. He is dying to know because -as one of the founding "mothers" of TLF (The Library Foundation) and currently active in several support groups - he's been asking for volunteers eversince. He also wants to know what orgs I'm active in.
Mother dear, (I just have to respond to this publicly) no I am not affiliated with ANY organized groups as of yet. I guess I'm not ready for it. But the advocacy is strong in me. I just help out in my own little way. (p.s.: Anyone out there who's willing to be Mother's protege, just let me know).

Anyway, here's another article I found. The last line is hilarious.

Anti-Gay Group Launches Ford Boycott by Doreen Brandt Washington Bureau (link)
(Washington) The conservative Christian group America Family Association launched a nationwide boycott of Ford Motor Company on Tuesday over the automaker's support for LGBT issues.

The announcement of the boycott came two weeks after AFA began a similar action against Kraft Foods - stopping just short of calling for a full boycott -for sponsoring the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago.

Ford's line of vehicles includes Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo, Jaguar, Mazda and Land Rover.

AFA has set up a website to encourage its members to register for the boycott.

"If one looks for the company which has done the most to affirm and promote the homosexual lifestyle, he would be hard-pressed to find a company which has done more than Ford Motor Company," AFA Chair Donald E. Wildmon notes on the website.

"While this is hardly known to the general population, it is well known by numerous homosexual organizations. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign (a national homosexual organization whose goal is homosexual marriage) gave Ford a 100% corporate rating."

AFA also denounces the company for supporting GLAAD, saying "Ford believes the effort to legalize homosexual marriage by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is so important that the company is giving GLAAD up to $1,000 for every Jaguar or Land Rover (both Ford products) purchased this year."

It also notes that "Volvo has donated $500 to the Human Rights Campaign when a vehicle is purchased or leased."

The conservative group also complains that Ford recognizes domestic partners in its company policy, gave $5,000 last year to Detroit's Pride celebration, and regularly advertises in the gay media.

The Mississippi-based AFA claims more than 2.2 million members.

"I urge you to take action today. Sign the petition to boycott Ford. Call your local Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo, Jaguar, Mazda and/or Land Rover dealer (all are part of Ford Motor Company) and inform them you will not be buying a Ford product until they stop their promotion of the homosexual movement and homosexual marriage," Wildman says in email to AFA members.

The AFA is one of the largest and most well funded organizations battling LGBT civil rights and same-sex marriage in the nation.

Last week it ended a 9-year boycott of the Walt Disney Co. declaring success, although Disney says that its policies have not changed.

The AFA launched the boycott in 1996 when the company began giving benefits to the domestic partners of gay employees. It denounced Disney for Gay Days at DisneyWorld in Orlando and a similar event at Disneyland in California and attacked the company for gay positive films - especially from its Miramax division.

Last month AFA announced victory over giant consumer products company Proctor & Gamble.

The P&G boycott stemmed from the company's support for the repeal of an anti-gay law in Cincinnati, where its world headquarters are located, and from its LGBT-positive advertising.

According to AFA, P&G had spent over $8.2 million in only six months last year to advertise on Will and Grace and $2 million for spots on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

As a result of the boycott most of that advertising was cancelled according to the AFA - an assertion denied by P&G.

Despite the action against Kraft, the company reaffirmed its commitment to the Gay Games according to Games co-vice chair Kevin Boyer.

The AFA has a long history of opposing LGBT civil rights. It is a leading supporter of the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban same-sex marriage and helped pass amendments to bar gay marriage in 11 states last November.

In January, it declared popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants to be gay. AFA was angry that the character was used in a video for schools aimed at combating discrimination.

© 2005

Just another proof that dinosaurs didn't die out in the "mass extinction". Some of them are alive and roaring, using their peanut sized brains and lobbying for a cause to "protect" their way of life.

Accept it or not, LGBT issues are becoming mainstream. Eventually, there will come a time when it shouldn't be even considered an "LGBT" issue anymore, rather, a part of the human issue. I'm looking forward to that.

[Music of the Moment: What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong ]
[Mood: wearing my battle regalia ]


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