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Ford Motor Company Endorses Homophobia, Heineken and Sam Adams Boycott It

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Mar 15, 2014
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  • 7 Comments
    • bjohnmasters
      bjohnmasters

      If Ford were sponsoring an AFA or FRC event, I’d agree with the headline, but I’m not sure am in agreement with this perspective on their sponsorship of a long running parade that celebrates something totally unrelated anything gay.

      Should gay groups be allowed to march if other groups get to march under their banners…sure. Am I glad some corporate sponsors have said “no”…absolutely.

      But there is a stretch between sponsoring a parade and endorsing homophobia (unless said parade, as noted, is the creation of AFA or FRC or their ilk, and for the express purpose of promoting animus towards gay people.

      Mar 15, 2014 at 11:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      I’m still waiting to see openly gay groups marching in NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, or the NYC Columbus Day, Puerto Rican Day, West Indian Day, Pulaski Day, Steuben Day, parades etc.

      It does seem a bit strange that it is only the St Patrick’s Day parade where it is so important to have openly gay groups marching. Let’s have gay representation in ALL NYC parades—not just some.

      Mar 15, 2014 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • liandro
      liandro

      I think perhaps you both are missing the point, or missing some information, regarding the Boston parade. The parade, a private one, is organized and run by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which is in turn run by a bunch of old white conservative guys. The gay group that wanted to march was the LGBT Veterans for Equality, an affiliate of Mass Equality (the folks who helped bring us same-sex marriage). Another group that has also been refused entry into the parade is Veterans for Peace.

      So the organizers, all veterans, sponsoring a parade for Irish veterans, is actually rejecting more than just LGBT veterans, but those veterans who differ politically from them as well. It’s a bunch of reactionaries who are using the status as a private organization to push their own political agendas, one of which is gays suck (ok, pun intended) and another is that war is glorious.

      It may be run by a private organization, but with taxpayer money being used for security and cleanup, and with millions predicted to attend, this is really a public event, and thus exclusion of ANY veteran’s organization should be anathema–and it is to some corporations, many politicians, and tens of thousands of the public.

      I hope you can see that this is different situation from those other parades you mention, Kieran.

      Mar 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bobmister250
      bobmister250

      This headline couldn’t be more misleading. Saying that Ford is endorsing homophobia because they are sponsoring a parade with homophobic organizers is like saying Mercedes is anti-Semitic for talking about their heritage on the Autobahn(because Hitler created the Autobahn). It’s such a stretch that it no longer makes sense. Ford has a long history of being LGBT-friendly. Not only have they scored a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for many years, they have been offering domestic partner benefits for their employees since the 1990s. They also have an employee resource group called Ford GLOBE for LGBT employees and allies. Also in the Detroit area they have literally donated millions over the years to LGBT causes and charities. Before you smear one of our community’s best corporate allies, please do your research. I know Queerty is not anywhere near The New York Times, but you’re at least better than this.

      Mar 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • liandro
      liandro

      @bobmister250: I agree, bobmister. Misleading headlines (whether in substance or tone) are all too common on newsy websites. Writing catchy and engaging headlnes is not easy, but that’s no excuse.

      Still, while Ford scores real high on HRC (and good for them), I wish they had bowed out; would have sent an even stronger signal. But given what you said, hard to come down on them.

      Mar 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike

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      Mar 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronbo
      Ronbo

      @bjohnmasters:

      Dude,
      Ford’s sponsorship of Russian-style bigotry is NOTHING in which to take pride. Show some self-respect AND spine; the drag queens at Stonewall showed you how to do it.

      Mar 16, 2014 at 9:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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