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What Amtrak’s $250K LGBT Ad Campaign Has to Say About … Discrimination?

Amtrak, the train service taxpayers pay for you to ride, is courting queers with a $250,000 summer advertising campaign. Naturally Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, sees the news as a perfect opportunity to rail against hate crimes protections or something.

“We have to look at why they are targeting this community,” says Lafferty. “It is important to understand that this segment of the population has a lot of disposable income, and advertisers know this. It is absolutely not true that gays are unable to get jobs because they are discriminated against. This group is awash in money.”

By that logic, we can use Christian-targeted advertising to show how much money that community has, and why they shouldn’t be protected either, right?

By:           JD
On:           Jul 1, 2010
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  • 10 Comments
    • slobone
      slobone

      More of the brilliant logic we’ve come to expect from these people…

      Jul 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tallskin
      Tallskin

      queerty says” Amtrak, the train service taxpayers pay for you to ride”

      Bit of a silly comment as ALL railways in the world are subsidised by taxpayers, not one makes a profit. Even the UK with its privatised railway network receives billions of pounds a year from the UK taxpayers to pay the fucking shareholders of the private companies!!

      Of course in the UK rail travel is outrageously expensive despite the subsidy from the taxpayer, but other countries, like France have an amazing and cheap rail system at a fraction of the cost to the traveller.

      Jul 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.Single
      L.Single

      To follow on Tallskin’s comment, do 4 lane divided highways build themselves? Are all of our highways fully funded by tolls paid for by the people who use them? No, they are also SUBSIDIZED by the government.

      Jul 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James
      James

      And continuing L.Single’s comment: the government also subsidizes airline travel.

      Jul 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jon (yeah, that one)
      Jon (yeah, that one)

      but. . .but . . I love riding the amtrak. It’s not cheap, but reasonable, and I wouldn’t be able to visit relatives without it.

      So now TVC thinks that Gay people shouldn’t be allowed to pay for transportation to visit family? Do they just not want to admit that gay people pay taxes like everyone else?

      What about all those gay folks running the trains as engineers and (seriously bad) coffee servers?

      Jul 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      “We have to look at why they are targeting this community,” says Lafferty. “It is important to understand that this segment of the population has a lot of disposable income, and advertisers know this. It is absolutely not true that gays are unable to get jobs because they are discriminated against. This group is awash in money.”

      ad·ver·tis·ing? ?/?ædv?r?ta?z??/ Show Spelled[ad-ver-tahy-zing] Show IPA
      –noun
      1.the act or practice of calling public attention to one’s product, service, need, etc., esp. by paid announcements in newspapers and magazines, over radio or television, on billboards, etc.: to get more customers by advertising.

      Andrea honey, your comment is exactaly why they are advertising towards the Gays……….We have money and we tend to like to spend it. Advertising kinda sorta encourages that sorta thing……

      And we really don’t feel sorry that your miserable hatefilled existence dooms you to your life in that mobile home on blocks………and yea we tend to be awash in money, if we wanted we could even afford that double wide trailer you get all wet over every time you drive into your trailer park in your ’89 Tarus………..

      Jul 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jon (yeah, that one)
      Jon (yeah, that one)

      @PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: copy/past and speak for yourself. . .some of us gay families have to be frugal & enjoy the freaking trains. I’m glad that you have that mysterious “disposable income” we always hear about.

      I’ll go look under my home now for those mobile home blocks. .I didn’t know a house built in 1890 was mobile, I guess the carriage house should have been a clue.

      Jul 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paschal
      Paschal

      Not all gay people are rich, in case somebody didn’t realise. There are rich women yet sexist practices are still unacceptable.

      Jul 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clint
      Clint

      I use amtrak for the very OPPOSITE reason. I DON’T have money and can’t afford a frikkin car.

      Jul 2, 2010 at 1:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaliberGuy
      CaliberGuy

      Nice, but it’s still cheaper for me to drive and pay to park the place that they would want me to pay to ride!

      I to thought would like to know where the gay money is falling in out of the sky I seem to have missed being awash in it, or did some one from the TVC confiscate my copy while I was sleeping?

      Jul 3, 2010 at 9:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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