Queerty is better as a member
I am quite disappointed that this is the first time I have seen a story about Gold’s management being so politically anti-gay — how is it with all the news about companies like San Diego Marriott to Chick-Fil-A, that a story about a company which is heavily supported by the gay community, is getting shafted by that company?
While boycots can/have become a dime-a-dozen, this is a case where a boycot could be very effective. Fuck Golds.
Seriously Mike… it was ALL over the gay media.
I actually knew this was coming back in June, i work out here and and know almost all of their staff who are part of the community, when the donation was made this almost destroyed their company and reputation.
I had been trying to get them to be able to vendor on SFSU campus when i was told they were blacklisted by Queer Alliance and i was like WTF, then i found out why and had them address follow up with QA. I think this is a really good move for them. Don is a really great guy and has been working hard with my organization to make their facilities more disability friendly even before the laws were passed on ADA laws. The staff at Castro really cares about their staff and clients. The local gyms donate a lot of money to not for profit organizations and the LGBTQQYIA community, very happy to see this move forward. Kudos
@The Real Mike in Asheville:
Dont worry Mike, some of us didnt even know this happened till after we were notified by LGBT groups that they were blacklisted. That said, i dont think it should have effected individual gyms as it did like the ones in Castro and SOMA, I have always known them to be part of this community and a huge supporter of it so when i found out i very quickly got to the bottom line. But we shouldnt blame individual companies for something a corporate person above them does, cept in rare circumstances. Don immediately issues a press statement after it was done and took a stand and proud to see the stance they took and followed through with.
Good for Gold’s Gym in NoCal!
Queerty should learn a lesson as it pertains to supporting corporations that hate on gays, ie Coors.
As a proud gay man and new body builder (started at 52 and loving it !) I would like to say this is a great business and social decision. My gym (Wynnfitness in Toronto Canada) is completely supportive of everyone who makes a committment to their health. Gay, straight, “disabled”, young, old, male, female…it’s a great place to sweat like a pig. A gym should be pro-people. All people. Hell, I’m even featured on their before-and-after advertising series with my big old rainbow flag tattoo on proud display on my biceps. (waving prouder and getting bigger all the time!)
This is a totally appropriate response to corporately sponsored anti-gay donations. Not only does it hold corporations responsible for political donations made directly by the company, it underlines the ability of gay-oriented businesses and their customers to carry on and succeed on their own
Now, the gay ownership of the franchises in downtown Los Angeles, North Hollywood, and Hollywood (of which, I am a member) need to follow suit.
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