Exxon updated company guidance on what flags can be displayed outside its offices, banning “external position flags” such as PRIDE and Black Lives Matter, according to the policy seen by Bloomberg News. In response, members of Exxon’s PRIDE Houston Chapter are refusing to represent the company at the city’s June 25 Pride celebration, according to an employee group email.
“Corporate leadership took exception to a rainbow flag being flown at our facilities” last year, Exxon’s PRIDE Houston employee group wrote in the email Thursday. “PRIDE was informed the justification was centered on the need for the corporation to maintain ‘neutrality.’”
“The updated flag protocol is intended to clarify the use of the ExxonMobil branded company flag and not intended to diminish our commitment to diversity and support for employee resource groups,” Tracey Gunnlaugsson, vice president of human resources, said in a statement. “We’re committed to keeping an open, honest, and inclusive workplace for all of our employees, and we’re saddened that any employee would think otherwise.”
In 1978, when I thought of creating a flag for the gay movement (at Harvey Milk’s request) there was no other international symbol for us than the pink triangle, which the Nazis used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps. Even though the pink triangle was and still is a powerful symbol, it was very much forced upon us. I almost instantly thought of using the rainbow. To me, it was the only thing that could really express our diversity, beauty and our joy. I was astounded nobody had thought of making a rainbow flag before because it seemed like such an obvious symbol for us. A true flag is not something you can really design.
“A true flag is torn from the soul of the people. A flag is something that everyone owns and that’s why they work. The rainbow flag is like other flags in that sense, it belongs to the people.” – Gilbert Baker
Any other version of Bakes’s original design is an insult not only to Gilbert Baker and his memory, but also to the LGBT community itself.
A North Side Chicago Catholic priest burned a gay-friendly flag rainbow flag outside his Avondale church last week — against the wishes of the cardinal and the archdiocese claiming that he is trying to minimize the clergy sex-abuse crisis.
The priest, Father Paul Kalchik said the banner, featuring a cross superimposed over a rainbow, had been featured prominently in the sanctuary at Resurrection Catholic Church but had been taken down and was forgotten in storage at the parish at 3043 N. Francisco for more than a decade.
Kalchik retrieved the banner from storage and then led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag was burned inside a portable fire pit placed the schoolyard next to the church.
“That banner and what it stood for doesn’t belong to the Archdiocese or Cardinal Cupich. It belongs to the people of this parish who paid for it,” Kalchik said. “What have we done wrong other than destroy a piece of propaganda that was used to put out a message other than what the church is about?”
Kalchik— who claims he was sexually abused by a neighbor as a child, and again by a priest when he began working for the church at 19 — says the sex-abuse crisis plaguing the church is “definitely a gay thing.”
In a church bulletin dated Sept. 2, Kalchik announced that he planned to burn the flag Sept. 29 for “the Feast of Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.” But a few days later, the archdiocese told him to stop the action after officials were notified of his plans. Kalchik was thretened with “canonical penalties” if he went through with the flag burning.
According to a software developer the Apple Watch Gay Pride face displaying the rainbow flag has purportedly been “hardcoded” by the tech giant not to show up in Russia.
“The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale,” tweeted Guilherme Rambo, a developer who writes for the website 9to5Mac.
Rambo also tweeted lines of code purportedly related to the disablement of the Pride watch face in Russia.
In June, Apple released the new Watch face to celebrate Pride. The tech giant also updated its Pride Edition Woven Nylon Watch band with a new rainbow stripe. Similar to the first version of the rainbow Watch band, Apple is donating a portion of the proceeds to number of LGBT advocacy organizations,
Apple has not replied to a request for comment on this story.
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The sweet rainbow image has been violated, raped by the deluded and fraudulent, and it now serves too often as a garish signpost for slavery to grave homosexual sin. It’s clear God did not intend for the rainbow to represent rebellion, iniquity and division. So how did this precious symbol become the banner, with few objections, for human depravity, lust, defiance and heresy?
Rainbow flags are flown in America from some government buildings, at some of our embassies, and these colors on several occasions even lit up our White House (under the former regime, thank God). From shameful pride parades to hats, T-shirts, wristbands and buttons sold at Target or Walmart, sexual deviance is being colorfully and arrogantly proclaimed from America’s rooftops.
We can all agree that some logos and trademarks carry enormous meaning. The mightiest logo of all time is the cross, where Christ shed His blood for the world’s sin and God transformed the tool of torturous execution – what Satan intended for destruction and permanent humiliation –into eternal hope for all who would believe in Jesus.
Can we trademark the rainbow? Of course, it’s probably impossible and perhaps even inappropriate. The rainbow stands as God’s covenant with all mankind – not just those who believe in Him now, because some of these flagrant sinners will repent, which is our constant prayer.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that even highly distasteful names and trademarks constitute protected speech. So maybe the rainbow couldn’t be trademarked by believers, but why wouldn’t offensive speech/symbol protection extend to crosses in public parks? If some spiritually blinded people can’t see the beauty of the cross, but instead fear it, that is indeed their problem. – Linda Harvey of the Columbus, OH hate group Mission: America
Over the weekend “Batshit” Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association who once claimed that gay men were the Nazis responsible for the holocaust was once again off his meds when after the sad news of the death of Gilbert Baker, the designer of the rainbow flag Fisher tweeted: ‘Worst example of cultural appropriation ever: LGBTs stole the rainbow from God. It’s his. He invented it. Gen. 9:11-17. Give it back.’
The tweet has been re-tweeted over 6,000 times and prompted over 3,000 replies the majority of which was bad.
As you can see below I was not allowed to Tweet back. Fischer the cowardly little bitch BLOCKED me from his account.
Richmond’s Federal Reserve Bank, which just happens to be a PRIVATE banking business has decided at the request of thier LGBT employee group PRISM that for the entire month of June they will fly the Rainbow Flag outside the bank under the stars and stripes.
Chief operating officer at the bank Sally Green has stated that: “We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen. We are flying the “Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion.”
The Reverend Jesse Jackson has a long record of support for LGBT rights, including when he ran for President of the United States and his speech at the LGBT March on Washington in 1987.
So it comes as quite a surprise that this week a wrongful termination and discrimination complaint against the civil rights leader with the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Rights by Tommy R. Bennett who worked at Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition from July 11, 2007 to Dec. 23,2009 as the national director of community affairs. Bennet includes shocking allegations about Jackson’s behavior toward the openly gay staffer including an allegation that the civil rights leader propositioned him.
Bennet claims that Jackson fired him because he was gay and he wouldn’t do humiliating tasks like allegedly being summoned to Jackson’s home or hotel room after hours , packing his clothes, buying his underwear, deodorant, and believe it or not his Viagra and Cialis, oh and and cleaning his room.
Bennett claims he had to escort women to Jackson’s room and clean up after the sexual rendezvous. If you are grossed out by that, the allegations get worse. Bennett claims Jackson summoned him to his hotel room one night at 1a.m. to take notes. In the complaint, “When Mr. Bennett arrived, Rev. Jackson was dressed only in his briefs and a v-neck t-shirt.” Bennett alleges Jackson was sexually excited. The magazine asked him how did he know Jackson was allegedly aroused? Bennett claims he can tell by his look and how he was breathing.
Bennett wants $98,300 for back pay, front pay and loss of benefits; $350,000 for emotional distress and punitive damages; and an amendment of Rainbow PUSH’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity