State Farm will turn 100 years old next month, June which is PRIDE month. And for years State Farm has been a very good ally and supporter. Then State Farm has proved it’s actually a shitty neighbor when the Illinois-based corporation’s chief diversity officer sent an email to employees, stating it was dropping its “support of a philanthropic program, GenderCool,” saying it “has been the subject of news and customer inquiries.”
The program helps put LGBTQ-inclusive books into libraries and schools.
Via Raw Story:
According to chief diversity officer Victor Terry: “This program that included books about gender identity was intended to promote inclusivity,. “We will no longer support that program.” And in an apparent bowing down to rising far right-wing extremism and anti-LGBT hate, the diversity expert declared, “conversations about gender and identity should happen at home with parents.”
Veteran activist and journalist Michelangelo Signorile, host calls State Farm’s actions “grotesque as LGBT rights are backsliding across the country. Now companies joining Ron DeSantis, MAGA and the ‘don’t say gay’ purge.”
State Farm in the past has made strong statements in support of LGBT equality and diversity. Just last June they tweeted: “We believe no one should be afraid to celebrate who they are. Let’s support our LGBTQ+ neighbors and show our Pride together!”
‘Find a spine’: State Farm criticized after celebrating Pride then dropping program supporting LGBTQ books in schools #LGBTQ #LGBTrights #GayHistory #LGBTQEquality #LGBTQEducation #Education #Schools #Pride🏳️🌈 #DontSayGay #EqualityAct #LGBTrights— McG 🇺🇲🐝🏳️🌈🖖 (@Foxmental_X) May 24, 2022