Robert Dyas, a UK retailer founded in London in 1872 that sells housewares, small electrical appliances, gardening products, kitchenwares, DIY, and consumer electronics has produced a well intention yet confusing Christmas advert which has left many people confused.
The commercial titled “We’re Robert Dyas and we’re gay. And straight. And bi…”, features members of staff and shoppers showing off goods at the store.
The first to appear on screen is gay employee Marcus (pictured above), who tells viewers: “I like going out with my friends and playing volleyball. I also like showing our gay and straight customers our funky range of Christmas gifts.”
I’m sure you do Marcus. I’m sure you do. *Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge”
Fortune 500 company and consumer giant Johnson & Johnson whose well-known products include Band-Aid, Tylenol, Johnson’s baby products,, and many more in association with Walgreens is launching a nationwide anti-bullying program called Care with Pride to support Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and its anti-bullying efforts in schools across the country.
With half of all children bullied at some point in their school years, including 90% of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender) youth, Care with Pride will address these staggering statistics through national media, regional events and digital resources that raise awareness and promote the Safe Schools Action Pack.
“As a Corporation that is committed to the health and care for all people, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is focused on continuing to uphold diversity and equality through a range of efforts externally as well as within our own organization,” said Scott Creighton, Global Vice President, Marketing Excellence Group, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. “By partnering with PFLAG, we are helping to further their very important work to end bullying and create safer schools for all children.”
As part of the program:
Johnson & Johnson will provide a minimum of $200K, and up to $300K to PFLAG’s Cultivating Respect, Safe Schools for All initiative
Johnson & Johnson is providing a Safe Schools Action Pack that provides $65 in coupons/rebates for multiple Johnson & Johnson brands — a dollar from each redeemed at Walgreens goes to PFLAG, check this site for more info
Walgreens will set up Care with Pride retail displays in 500 stores across the country — high visibility outside of typical “gay spaces” for a program like this
A significant presence at 40+ Pride festivals through Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens and PFLAG booths
This is the first time that not one, but two Fortune 50 companies have stepped forward to rasise funds for an LGBT organization and is a great response from both Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens on the issue of bullying in schools, especially among LGBT youth.
Back2Stonewall.com reader Chuck contacted Home Depot as soon as he received the American Family Association email blast Friday evening in which the anti-gay hate group claimed that The Home Depot has caved into its boycott of the last 2 years because of the home repair giants support for the LGBT community and causes.
Chuck, who keeps tabs on the AFA wrote to The Home Depot Corporate Ofices to ask if any of the AFA’s claims were true, and this was the reply he received:
We have never changed our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all people, and we have no intention of doing so. Nor have we changed our apron policy or the guidelines for our Foundation?s charitable giving.
Samantha F. DeVaney The Home Depot Corporate Office 2455 Paces Ferry Rd. Atlanta, GA. 30339 1-800-553-3199
So the AFA has lied. Shocking no. But for what ends? To cause trouble between the LGBT Community and Home Depot perhaps? Or just perhaps to make it seem to thier evil minions that they are winning a war that they can’t win so they can receive more right wing welfare donations.
Whatever it is its imperative as Chuck points out that Home Depot should be made aware of the support and thanks they have from the LGBT community for not giving into not to the AFA.
Let Home Depot know how you feel! Silence will only result in these changes actually being implemented.
Hanna and John Hartnett, the owner and manager of Atlantic City’s Maloney’s Uptown Bar are upset because the opening the new sports bar has been described as a “gay-friendly” bar.
The Hartnett’s blame Geoff Rosenberger, who unsuccessfully tried to purchase the bar.
“He has no right to be saying anything about how this place is a gay-friendly bar or any say about what happens with this place,” John Hartnett said Saturday as he took a break from last-minute preparations for the soft opening planned for later that evening. “Every bar in Atlantic City is gay friendly, but at the same time I don’t want to labeled as a gay bar
Rosenberger, an Atlantic City advocate and real estate broker, wanted to buy the property and open a gay bar, but he and his business partners were unable to obtain financing. But last fall, Rosenberger was in discussions about the property announced that they would open a gay bar the name Hookups on the property as soon as they obtain the proper licensing
Since then, Hartnett has feared the gay-bar buzz would hurt his business if his bar were to reopen. “I let it go over my head until I read in the paper the same day I’m trying to open the doors that Maloney’s Uptown is a gay bar,” Hartnett said.
Last week, Rosenberger, who is active in the renewal of Atlantic City and another business partner approached Hartnetts about working as promoters, but nothing was ever approved, Hartnett said. Both businessmen were told they could invite their friends to the opening, but not to promote the bar as a gay bar, Hartnett said. (Continued…….)
The National Coalition of American Nuns have come out swinging and have released a statement earlier this week that accused the US Conference of Catholic Bishops of acting like “blinded Pharisees” as they continued to wage war against marriage equality without acknowledging the recent tragic LGBT bullying and suicide events that have swept across America.
“The US Catholic Bishops failed to make a single statement regarding these tragic, preventable deaths,” says the statement; adding that despite more than a month having passed since the news of the deaths of Asher Brown, Billy Lucas, Tyler Clementi and a number of other gay teens suicides broke “not one bishop’s voice was raised”.
The National Coalition of American Nuns statement goes on to harshly criticise the bishops for failing to “condemn a culture where youths are bullied for being who God created them to be and are sometimes pushed by society’s judgments to attempt suicide.”
Way to go sisters. Grab your rulers and go get those bastards! [source]
The group’s Rainbow Europe Country Index says Sweden is the only European nation that passes all the group’s tests in areas such as anti-discrimination protections, recognition of same-sex partnerships and parenting, hate-crime and hate-speech laws, plus equal age-of-consent laws.
“Our congratulations to (Sweden) for making sure its legislation and practices are fully inclusive and respectful of human rights of LGB people,” said ILGA-Europe board chair Martin K.I. Christensen.
“Sadly, despite advances in many parts of Europe, we still experience human rights violations of LGB people in Europe. This year Russia and Ukraine are on the bottom on our index.” Other poorly ranked countries include Armenia, Belarus, Cyprus, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland and Turkey.
Rounding out the top five highest-ranked were Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Spain.
After twenty-five years of deliberation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council has abolished its anti-gay policies, effective immediately.
Discussions at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly last summer, the ELCA will now allow people in same-sex relationships to serve as rostered leaders. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) human beings are no longer considered abominations but blessed church members with full standing. Same-sex partners and families can now fully participate in the ELCA Pension Plan. And best of all, the ELCA is reinstating people who were removed from ministry positions because they were truthful and came out of the closet, as well as those who conducted holy unions for non-heterosexual couples. The ELCA has practiced restorative justice.
The Lutherans have broken away from religious bigotry and will now set an example for the rest of the fundamentalist world
The ELCA conducted itself with grace and dignity. The ELCA members didn’t wage war in public with one another. There was no public outcry that diminished everyone while they worked their way through a quarter century of discussion.
The ELCA press release about the decision reads: Marin Luther would be proud.
These actions are important because they are a major milestone along the journey of full inclusion. We have a policy that recognizes the gifts of its members […] and that will allow the return of those who have been removed or alienated […]. [There will] be new life in the church through new leaders. […] [W]e have lifted up crucial questions for the church: What is the relationship of sexuality to salvation in Christ? What is the diversity in God’s wondrous creation? What is sinful? […] Who continues to face barriers to ministry and mission? How do we journey together faithfully, in spite of so many differences? What some people have dismissed as a narrow issue has both opened up and profoundly deepened our moral and theological life.
P.S. I was raised and am a Lutheran. If you are seeking an alternative to Catholism check Lutheranism out. (The ELCA, NOT The Missouri Synod still live in caves) No more confusion about which Saint to pray to. No more false belief that the Pope is getting to heaven before you, and best of all. You confess SILENTLY to yourself during the service and all is forgiven! Check it out!