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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 09:32 AM
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Don't Buy Here: 10 Companies That Hate The Gays
http://www.queerty.com/dont-buy-here-10-companies-that-... /

With the economy ever tanking, now is as good a time as any to take stock of where your gay dollars are going. You may not have much (or, thanks to prudent investing in gold and shares in Mr. Hobo J. Poverschmidt's Hobo Sticks Emporium, you may have quite a bit), so why spend it on companies whose executives use their cash to fund anti-gay bills or who refuse their gay employees the same benefits as their straight co-workers? With legislators using the economy as an excuse not to move on gay rights bills, we present this list so that you can vote with your dollar and hit homophobic executives where it hurts most.
These are the 10 worst companies for gays and lesbians, chosen for their national influence, prominence, history of corporate bigotry and the likelihood you can do something about it. Not a single one of them deserves a nickel.
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 09:36 AM
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1. I haven't done business with any of these companies in quite a while
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 09:51 AM
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2. Thank you for the list - I will skip Autozone from now on. nt
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Tarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 10:15 AM
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3. Well, it is a top 9 now, acocrding to the info about Brown-Forman Corp.
Which is good, since giving up JD and Finlandia would not be tough. :)
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 10:33 AM
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4. I knew about most of them
and have already been honoring the boycott because they have antiwoman and antiworker policies as well.

I always ask what weasel is ending up with my hard earned (& hard inherited) dollars. If I don't like the answer, I shut my wallet and walk away.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 11:41 AM
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5. Also, if you look down in the comments section, a manager of the pizza co. speaks up.
He says that the asshat founder sold the company over a decade ago. I don't know if this founder still gets any of the profits via stock dividends, or not.

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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 01:02 PM
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6. I can't click this at work -- can someone post the 10 companies?
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 02:56 PM
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7. Here you go
10. A-1 Self Storage Company
9. AutoZone Inc.
8. Brown-Forman Corp.
7. Cinemark
6. Dominos Pizza
5. Salvation Army
4. Manchester Grand Resorts
3. Urban Outfitters
2. Walmart Stores Inc.
1. ExxonMobil
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 03:28 PM
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8. Domino's hasn't been owned by that Catholic Fundie freak in many years
Edited on Fri Mar-06-09 03:28 PM by LostinVA
Although their pizza still sucks.

Urban Outfitters really surprises me.

What was the reasoning for them and Exxon?
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 04:25 PM
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11. Here you go (again) :)
They also wrote a blurb about Brown-Forman:
8. Brown-Forman Corp.

A Fortune 1000 Company, Brown-Forman distributes Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodkas, Herradura Tequila, Sonoma-Cutrer Wines, Fetzer Wines, Korbel Champagne, Bolla Wines, Bonterra Wines, but provides no comfort to its gay and lesbian employees, refusing even basic domestic partner benefits.

How They're Faring: B.F. is currently trading at $41.70, up marginally from their mid-November 52 week low of $38 dollars, but over the past 10 years has had an average of 8.3% growth annually.

What You Can Do: This one makes the list because it's so easy for you to make a difference. Stop drinking the brands Brown-Forman distributes. If you're out at a gay bar and see a bottle of SoCo or Jack Daniels on the shelf (which you will at just about any gay bar), let them know that they're serving up their whiskey with a chaser of hate and ask them to consider taking it down off the shelfthough you may want to do this the next day while sober and not while loudly screaming at your bartender. With so many gay-friendly liquor companies, there's no reason to put Brown-Forman booze in your gullet.

UPDATE: Sean Wachsman, P.R. Manager for Southern Comfort writes:

"I noticed you have included Brown-Forman on this list, so I wanted to provide you with some updated information. Brown-Forman began offering domestic partner benefits in January 2009, amended our EEO policy to include gender identity or expression and have created a GLBT Resource Group, among other GLBT efforts.

These changes reflect a genuine desire, on the part of our leadership, to create an inclusive organization. We hope you will provide this current information to your readers and revise your top 10 list by removing Brown-Forman


3. Urban Outfitters (with one caveat)

As we were putting this list together, we knew Urban Outfitters, whose chairman, Richard Hayne, regularly supports anti-gay legislation and GOP candidates who vote against gay rights, was going to be on the list. In November, the company quickly removed t-shirts supporting gay marriage from their stores. However, one small glimmer of change occurred last week when the store announced that the t-shirts were back and that 100 percent of its "Marriage Equality" t-shirt sales are going to Equality California and National Center for Lesbian Rights, both major players in the upcoming Supreme Court hearing in California.

How They're Faring:Urban Outfitters has lost more than 50% of its stock value this year, trading now at just over $16.

What You Can Do: A boycott against Urban Outfitters has been going on for years, but the recent t-shirt decision gives gays and lesbians the opportunity to use the carrot as well as the stick. Write to Urban Outfitters and thank them for their decision to support gay rights organizations.

1. ExxonMobil

Rated a 0 by the HRC on gay and lesbian worker's rights, ExxonMobil is the largest Fortune 500 company to offer no domestic partner benefits. In 1999, when the two companies merged, they eliminated domestic-partner benefits for same-sex partners. The company also consistently refuses to ban discrimination based on orientation and gender identity, except where required by law.

How They're Faring: While the rest of the economy is tanking, ExxonMobil tankers, laden with liquid gold, have helped the company reap record profits. On Monday, major brokerage firm Deutsche Bank upgraded Exxon Mobil Corp. from a 'hold' to a 'buy'.

What You Can Do: Take public transportation to work. You'll not only be hurting big oil's anti-gay employment practices, you'll be helping the environment as well.

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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 04:28 PM
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12. Thanks!!!
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 10:04 PM
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15. Yeah, it's hard for me to boycott a place that makes food I don't want to eat anyway...
:P
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:19 AM
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16. either Exxon or Mobil had domestic partnership benefits
but after the merger, the new company did away with them
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lifesbeautifulmagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 03:46 PM
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9. add Rockstar energy drink to that list
Someone posted in the comments section of that story, Rockstar is owned by Michael Savage's wife.

No reason to ever, ever buy that crap.
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 08:54 PM
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14. An even better reason to boycott Rockstar..
Is that it tastes like gasoline and is ridiculously overpriced. It also makes a terrible mixer.

Red Bull and Rip-It's for me, thank you very much.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 03:51 PM
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10. You should add Curves to the list
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 05:06 PM
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13. I relayed this article to our local Stonewall Dems
We are having a campaign coming up
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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 04:55 AM
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17. I guess Cinemark is the only one I have supported.
I certainly knew all about the Salvation Army, even thought the Salvation Army apologists deny they're homophobic.

I've probably put some Exxon in the car at some point on a trip.

But where I live, you basically have Chevron, Shell and Arco.

Anyway, a hearty fuck you to all of the companies on the list.
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Runcible Spoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 03:24 AM
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18. I would also add Coor's.
I think that the kind of people who think Coor's and Domino's are tasty are beyond help tho :evilfrown:
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