A man in Chickasha, Oklahoma was doing some late-night shopping at his local Walmart with his boyfriend when a curious janitor stopped him to ask questions about homosexuality. The man, Jonathan Pacheco, engaged with the Walmart employee but realized that things were going south when the janitor said that in his Bible, “it is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” that “duh” old argument against the sins of homosexuality. The unnamed employee then told Pacheco that he wasn’t allowed in his store and told him to leave. Pacheco laughed the incident off after reporting it to two different store managers, but was concerned that neither took down any information. Said Pacheco to The Express-Star, “I feel like I can’t go anywhere now. Out of all the stores I go to, Walmart is the one that is prejudiced against someone’s sexual orientation. I mean, come on.” A spokesperson for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. confirmed the company is investigating the incident. “We are still in the process of talking to all who were involved. As soon as we are finished we will take the appropriate measures.” Which means what, exactly? How about just firing the guy? (via Toweleroad)
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I read this yesterday and decided to save the post until today. I can’t tell you how much this pasta story has swelled in the last 24 hours. If you haven’t seen it by now, here’s the lowdown: The Chairman of the privately-owned company, Barilla, Guido Barilla, got himself into some hot water when he told an Italian radio show that the company “likes the traditional family.” And therefore, you’re not going to see any gays in Barilla’s advertising. And if gays don’t like it, “they can always go eat someone else’s pasta.” The company tried to backtrack later: “With reference to statements made yesterday, I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they have hurt the sensibilities of some people. In the interview I simply wanted to highlight the central role of the woman in the family.” Barilla added that he has “the utmost respect for any person, without distinction of any kind,” and “the greatest respect for gays and for the freedom of expression of anyone.” OK. So people were pretty pissed off and Italian gay rights advocates, including members of the Italian parliament, are now calling for a boycott of Barilla (#boicottabarilla #boycottbarilla). However, Italian “family” advocates are siding with Barilla over gay families, which they claim are not “natural.” Those same family advocates claim that criticizing Barilla for its attack on gays is an attack on “civil liberties.” Well, it might be “thin” spaghetti, but who needs the carbs anyway. Basta! UPDATE: Ronzoni responded to a fan post on Facebook with the following message: “Just like pasta, we believe families come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and orientations. We feel it is important to represent diversity in our advertising and will continue to do so in the future.” Ronzoni it is! (via America Blog)
Carly Rae Jepsen has never really been on my radar. Yes, her song was an earworm and she looks like Barbie Benton, but other than that? Meh. But my tune has changed toward this woman, as she cancelled a huge show over the summer for the Boy Scouts of America. Why? Because of their controversial ban on openly gay scouts and scout leaders. She said,”I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.” She was booked to do the show with Train, who also backed out stating that they will gladly perform for them as soon as they reverse their anti-gay policies. Thank you so very much. Stances like these result in change. It takes time, but it will happen. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
While Chick-Fil-A protesters do their thing across the USA, Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino decided to actually step up and block the fast-food giant from opening in his town because of its homophobic ways. The mayor told the Boston Herald that he doesn’t want a business in the city “that discriminates against a population.” Thank you, Mayor, truly.