What are your reactions to what happened to the Mississippi lesbian and her senior prom on The Ellen's show?


  • Mar 19, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    I would like to get your thoughts/reactions to the girl who stood up to the Mississippi Board of Education. Would you, as consumers, buy more products, become more loyal, to companies that take action in showing their supports for the GLBT community?

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-19-mississippi-prom-gay-teen_N.htm?csp=34
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    Mar 19, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    majoranimalsloverz saidI would like to get your thoughts/reactions to the girl who stood up to the Mississippi Board of Education. Would you, as consumers, buy more products, become more loyal, to companies that take action in showing their supports for the GLBT community?

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-19-mississippi-prom-gay-teen_N.htm?csp=34


    "Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres called Fulton, Miss., teen Constance McMillen part of a new generation of leaders for her stand for gay rights and presented her with a $30,000 college scholarship check.
    DeGeneres, who is gay, had McMillen as a guest on her syndicated show that aired Friday.

    "I admire you so much," she told the 18-year-old senior from Itawamba Agricultural High School. "When I was your age I never would have had the strength to do what you are doing." ...

    DeGeneres said she had offered to pay for a private prom for McMillen and her classmates, but McMillen said she wanted the school district to hold the dance.

    Instead, DeGeneres presented her with an oversized $30,000 check from the website Tonic.com, which describes itself as a "digital media company dedicated to promoting the good that happens each day around the world." Tonic.com also offered McMillen a summer internship in New York City, DeGeneres said.

    The website is raising money for a second-chance prom for students in Mississippi that would include gay and lesbian students. The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition is organizing the dance, but has not released any details about it."

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    Mar 19, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    Of course,icon_exclaim.gif
    We should all support the businesses in our corner....
    I love you ellen, THANK YOU.icon_exclaim.gif

  • Mar 19, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    jgymnast733 saidOf course,icon_exclaim.gif
    We should all support the businesses in our corner....
    I love you ellen, THANK YOU.icon_exclaim.gif


    For the GLBT community, supporting these companies are likely given. My question is would you buy more or become more loyal, if you are already a customer or even encourage your straight friends to check out these companies?
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    Mar 19, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    jgymnast733 saidOf course,icon_exclaim.gif
    We should all support the businesses in our corner....
    I love you ellen, THANK YOU.icon_exclaim.gif

    Yes! That's what my partner & I do. A new sponsor of The SMART Ride to Key West this year, which raises money for HIV/AIDS charities (and which my partner helped to found 6 years ago), is Tire Kingdom, who have already signed on for SMART Ride 7.

    And so guess what our car needed when we returned from Key West, after the ride in January? New tires! And where did we get them? Tire Kingdom. And my partner sent their CEO a letter, on official letterhead, thanking him for their support, and letting him know our purchase decision was influenced by their SMART Ride support.

    http://tirekingdom.com/

    And today we had lunch at Rosie's in Wilton Manors, FL, because the owners, friends of ours, donated 10s of thousands of dollars in free meals to the Ride, and fielded an employee rider team that raised over $30,000. Then there's the Chic Optique, where we buy our eyeglasses, because the lesbian owners had a rider team that raised $15,000, the girls themselves on Crew and likewise friends of ours. We also shop Target, a Ride sponsor, and buy our cars from a Ford dealer that provides the vehicle support for free, and so it goes.

    I think it's very important to reward our friends & family, and to deny our opponents any of our money & business. Brava, Ellen, and congrats to Tonic.com!
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    Mar 19, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    majoranimalsloverz said
    jgymnast733 saidOf course,icon_exclaim.gif
    We should all support the businesses in our corner....
    I love you ellen, THANK YOU.icon_exclaim.gif


    For the GLBT community, supporting these companies are likely given. My question is would you buy more or become more loyal, if you are already a customer or even encourage your straight friends to check out these companies?

    Yes in deed....
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    Mar 20, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    majoranimalsloverz said
    jgymnast733 saidOf course,icon_exclaim.gif
    We should all support the businesses in our corner....
    I love you ellen, THANK YOU.icon_exclaim.gif


    For the GLBT community, supporting these companies are likely given. My question is would you buy more or become more loyal, if you are already a customer or even encourage your straight friends to check out these companies?
    Yes.