For the last two weeks, Starbucks workers have taken to social media to report that the company is no longer allowing Pride decorations in-store. This seems to be the first year the publicly “pro-LGBTQ+” company has taken this kind “anti-LGBTQ+” stance.
Starbucks has banned Pride decorations in its stores halfway through Pride Month, the company’s workers union claimed Tuesday, in a stunning cave to far-right anti-LGBTQ fury. There has been a wave of ultra-conservative pushback against companies that express support for equal rights.
It started when Bud Light did a campaign with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney in March, but things really kicked off when Target displayed its Pride swimwear collection. Target said it would pull back its Pride merchandise in response to the outcry. Starbucks is the latest to fall.
Starbucks has always adopted a pro-LGBTQ stance, at least in public. This year, they even partnered with artist Tim Singleton to design a series of special Pride-themed tumblers.
After Tea Party and NRA lunatic’s have co-opted Starbucks stores around the country by enjoying Low-fat Venti Mocha Lattes while opening carrying guns at what they call Starbucks Appreciation Days because it’s current store policy had been to default to local gun laws, including “open carry” regulations. Starbucks has had enough and is changing it’s policy and telling them to keep their guns out of its stores.
In an interview, CEO Howard Schultz said the decision to ask customers to stop bringing guns into stores came as a result of the growing frequency of “Starbucks Appreciation Days” in recent months, in which gun rights advocates turn up at Starbucks cafes with firearms. Last month, for example, the company closed down a store in Newtown, Conn., for the day after learning that gun rights advocates planned to hold a “Starbucks Appreciation Day” at the location. The store was near the school where a gunman killed 20 children and six women. Schultz said the events mischaracterized the company’s stance on the issue and the demonstrations “have made our customers uncomfortable.” Schultz hopes people will honor the request not to bring in guns but says the company will nevertheless serve those who do. “We will not ask you to leave,” he said.
Peet’s Coffee and Tea and California Pizza Kitchen ban guns from their stores altogether. Disney also forbids guns in its theme parks, and Costco does not allow its members to carry them openly in its stores.
Starbucks will publish full-page ads in major newspapers tomorrow to publicize their request.
In my opinion, you see someone walk into a Starbucks or any other store with a weapon, everyone should start calling 911 to report a madman with a gun.
Attention LGBT advocates and allies. When you want to make a clear, concise point to a bigot and homophobe about their stance on equality, take a lesson from the CEO of Starbucks and tell them where the door is and how fast they can leave. Here’s more:
At Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting in Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz told off an investor who tried to argue that the company’s support for gay marriage is bad for business.
Schultz replied bluntly that Starbucks’s endorsement of marriage equality wasn’t about making money, but about the principle of diversity.
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,” Schultz said, to applause from the audience.
Pastor Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church wanted to make a statement about Starbucks stand on LGBT Equality and same sex marriage and support the extreme christian rights “Dump Starbucks” campaign to not buy anymore Starbucks and boycott the chain.
Well it seems that Pastor Bob either took the point too literally or is too stupid to realize that they didn’t meant to actually go out and BUY a cup of Starbucks and then dump it. LOL
Oh and if you notice in the video. It looks like he added cream and sugar to the coffee and drank some before he dumped it.
“Starbucks has voluntarily decided — as a corporation — to associate its brand with a major political issue, the CEO just confirmed. I was in the room. I heard him. Customers across the world have a right to know that contrary to the promises made by the corporation in the Middle East and elsewhere, Starbucks does subsidize political causes. Drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee, sadly, means supporting gay marriage. Speak out, and stop being invisible to powerful men like Schultz. The business of America may or may not be business, but the business of corporations is to make an honest profit by serving all their customers well, both those who favor and those who oppose gay marriage.” – Maggie Gallagher – Real Clear Politics.
Moo moo…. Blah blah…..
Considering that Maggie’s and the National Organization for Marriage scam operation is largely a Roman Catholic and Mormon front operation – and that Mormons don’t even drink coffee, a good chunk of her little base of supporters wouldn’t be at Starbucks anyway and their other few followers have no fucking idea what a Starbucks Venti MochaFrappuccino let alone be willing to spend 5 bucks on it anyway. Its not really a great loss for Starbucks.
PLEASE be sure to go sign the “Thank You Starbucks” card for standing up for same sex marriage As of now they have ten times the number of signatures that have signed NOM’s boycott pledge. Go sign it.
To: U.S. partners
Date: January 24, 2012
Re: A Message from Kalen Holmes: Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality
Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.
This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.
For the last 20 years, our benefits program has offered domestic partner benefits in the U.S. These benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and alternative health care coverage. All partners (part-time and full-time) in all work locations, whether in a store, a roasting plant or a corporate office, adhere to the same eligibility requirements for health coverage and have access to the same comprehensive health plans.
We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.
We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.
Big ole Daddy Bear Alec Baldwin made the above tweet this morning and some people are bent over the fact that he used the word “Queen” Why I’ll never know. Some Starbuck barrista’s DO have total attitude problems especially considering what they do for a living which is nobel and all but not a status symbol and I am sure there are some “queens” who work there especially in NYC.
Let’s face it, we all encounter Queens during the course of our day. And in this case, Queen and attitude seem to go hand-in-hand … as they frequently do. I find that people who have a problem with the term Queen are usually attitudey Queens that are afraid someone is going to call them oit for thier bitchiness.
Anything bearly Jack Donaghy wants to call me is fine. C’mon he’s a total ally of the gay community.
After ctaching flack this summer because of the Starbucks manager berated and fired a gay employee. Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, who was scheduled to deliver a talk Friday titled “How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul” during the annual leadership summit sponsored by Willow Creek Community Mega- Church has cancelled.
Asher Huey of Washington, D.C., criticized Schultz for agreeing to appear at a church with a longstanding membership in Exodus International, a ministry that believes homosexual behavior is destructive and Christians can “grow into heterosexuality.”
“The church that is sponsoring the event … has a long history of anti-gay persecution,” wrote Huey, who gathered more than 700 signatures at www.change.org.
Willow Creek has ended its “official” association with Exidus International and has re-evaluated its healing ministries for people facing addiction, divorce, cancer or sexual identity issues
Alan Chambers, president of the Orlando-based Exodus International has stated that “Willow Creek and other organizations are afraid of the backlash” but that “Willow Creek officials say they remain supportive of Exodus but do not want to be formally affiliated.”
Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church says he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a choice or that it could be fixed. But he did believe Scripture calls for gays and lesbians to be celibate,