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August 16, 2011

The LGBT Community, Our Friends, Family and Our Allies Will Not Be Bullied By False Prophets

Washington, DC: The Christian Values Network, who have changed their name to CGBG, is asking retailers to feel sorry for them. Their donations are down, and they need some money! They accuse me of being an activist who is bullying giant corporate entities into saying no to hate! Can you imagine that? People and corporations aren't supporting their mission? I wonder why?

"At a time when charitable giving is down, a small group of activists wants to shut down options for people to help others based on their religious views," said Jed Trosper, CEO of CGBG. "Retailers are being manipulated by a bullying campaign fueled by false information. We urge them to review the facts and remain neutral on these issues by maintaining or reestablishing their relationships with all potential customers, regardless of the customers' beliefs." 

This "bullying" campaign just started, and yes we do want to shut you down. Your hate and vitriol is politically motivated. You ask retailers to review the facts. They have been reviewing all the facts, and that's why they chose to sever ties with your organization. If you want to talk about facts, I will be more than happy to start with scripture - and end with scientific facts. I don't think you would recognize a fact if it was staring at you in the face. You use lies, misinformation, and innuendo, to spread your propaganda. Bring it on man - you've taken on the wrong person.  I will not give up!

My response to CGBG is as follows:

When someone shops online, and uses the Christian Values Network, aka CGBG, a percentage of the sale goes to anti-gay groups. While I consider organizations like the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and Summit Ministries as hate groups that fail to embrace Christian values, how the Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes these groups, is immaterial. It is a fact that these extremist Christian cabals lie and incite hatred directed toward the LGBT community. They spread misinformation, and cite bogus studies, to diminish who we are, and who we love, and this is completely unacceptable.

No one is being bullied. As much as I like the image of me as a well dressed, modern day, Norma Rae, out eradicating exploitation, and ending evil homophobia, and bullying the bullies who have been attacking anyone who is perceived to be different, or looks and acts differently, in the theocratic country that exists in your minds - in truth you will find quite the opposite. I don't know why CVN/CBGB is so shocked that retailers do not share the narrow homophobic views of some of the organizations you support, and a name change isn't going to subvert the LGBT campaign. 

Religious leaders, and politicians, have been hiding behind scripture to justify their homophobia, their fears, and their lies, for too long. This is hate and intolerance no matter how you slice it. No one is entitled to a free pass to bully and condemn a group of people just because they were born with an immutable trait. That is hateful behavior, and yet these groups collect tax free donations to spread misinformation and lies about your neighbor, your co-worker, your family member, or your friend.

Call me what you will, and threaten me with what you want, and keep harassing me with your daily threatening phone calls, the bottom line is that I'm committed to calling irresponsible lying bigots out. Matthew 12:37 says 'For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.'

If corporate entities like Target, Sprint, and Petco, want the LGBT dollar, they have to do better. We have choices in this country, and ultimately I'm confident the LGBT community, and our allies, will continue to stand together and rise up against intolerance, hate and divisive rhetoric. 

Politicians like Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, alleged religious leaders like Tony Perkins, and FOF founder Dr. James Dobson, and the companies that are still affiliated with this CGBG organization, are all promoting intolerance. This issue tears families apart, promotes bullying in schools, and costs good young people their lives. It's time to stop the nonsense, and I hope that the LGBT community and the American people will stand with me, to stop these hate mongers from doing more damage to the psyche of our nation."

As of today there are 50 online retail stores that are no longer a part of CGBG, since I started contacting these companies. 

  1. Abe's of Maine
  2. Aeropostale
  3. American Greetings
  4. AT&T (Bell South)
  5. Avis Rent A Car
  6. Barney's New York
  7. Best Buy
  8. BJ's Wholesale Club
  9. Budget Rent-A-Car
  10. Budget Truck Rental
  11. Cherry Moon Farms
  12. Christopher & Banks
  13. Closet Organizer Source
  14. Dick's Sporting Goods
  16. ESPRIT
  17. Everyday Outfitters
  18. Expedia
  19. Factory Outlet Store
  20. Gordons Jewelers
  21. Groupon
  23. HP Home
  24. Magellan's
  25. Modells
  28. NHL
  29. Park Plaza Hotels
  30. PC Connection
  31. Petscriptions
  32. Priceline
  33. Proflowers
  34. Radio Shack
  35. Radisson Hotels
  36. Red Envelope
  37. Resume Zapper
  38. Sam's Club
  39. Sandal's Resorts
  40. Sesame Street
  41. Shari's Berries
  43. Spa Look
  44. Sports Authority
  47. Tracy Porter
  48. Travelocity
  49. Walgreen's
  50. Westin Hotels