Best Buy and Target are under fire: Why GLBT rights groups have them in their sights

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    Jul 31, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    Consumers are lashing out at the two popular chains despite a history of inclusiveness and support of our community. Why? Apparently they made contributions to a group supporting a candidate with an agenda of limiting civil rights of GLBT people.

    Here's a link to the full story on ABC News:

    It's unfortunate that two of my favorite stores have decided to put themselves in the political spotlight through corporate donations. But at least now I know. I guess it's just more incentive to shop local. Check out this YouTube video of a grandmother standing up for our rights in a big way!


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    Jul 31, 2010 1:41 AM GMT
    For those of you so inclined here's a link to sign HRC's open letter to Target & Best Buy
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    Jul 31, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    I'm hearing this, and I'm waiting to learn more. Sometimes first-reads are deceptive. I'd rather not believe it, but the truth is what I want.

    I agree that Target has previously been very gay-friendly, earning a high rating from HRC. Indeed, I myself saw their marching unit in Twin Cities Pride for a number of years, one of the largest there, over a hundred red-shirted Target employees parading down Hennepin Avenue. And their corporate booth in Loring Park for the festival was the biggest, among the many hundreds around the lake, and their give-aways the best.

    And here in Florida, they have contributed to our HIV/AIDS ride that I do. In fact, as I'm typing this, a bicycle donated from Target, for which we're selling raffle tickets for the SMART Ride, is sitting in this office not 2 feet from me.

    So I don't know what to think. I want to hear more, and see what the Target response is. Maybe the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing. Right-wingers are constantly trying to infiltrate and subvert every aspect of American life, and perhaps a few got into positions of influence within Target. I would counsel patience until we see what happens next. But they need to act quickly.
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    Jul 31, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    i want her to be my facebook friend
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    Aug 01, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    It's true, unfortunately. Target in particular has been a great ally. Definitely get to or HRC to sign petitions to let them know that we are paying attention. It is about Minnesota politics (both companies are based there, apparently). I would not, however, go into a Target and hassle the employees. They have nothing to do with it.