Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thanks for the Heads up BoxTurtle!

Starbucks Says Approve Ref. 71

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2009

StarbucksThis comes to us via SLOG:

In a statement, the company said that approving R-71 “ensures that basic benefits and important protections are not taken away from committed couples, so they are able to take care of each other, especially in times of crisis.” Starbucks wants voters to approve the measure “because it is aligned with our business practices, providing domestic partner benefits, and one of our core values of treating people with respect and dignity.” [emphasis in SLOG's post]

Starbucks hasn’t contributed to the campaign, but they did send this message out to their employees. Starbucks has 3,000 employees in its Seattle headquarters and maintains 667 stores in Washington state, and each of them got this statement. That’s quite a venti.

Starbucks’ endorsement follows similar appeals from Microsoft, Boeing, Nike, and many other companies that employ large numbers of people in the Pacific Northwest.

With all the attention being paid to Maine, Washington’s LGBT citizens are feeling ignored. Karen Ocamb says they’re sweating bullets because they may well lose their hard-won Domestic Partnerships. Please show them your love by donating to Approve Ref. 71 today.


Subject: Weekly Reader: LGBT politics, Rosie, & holding hands

The past week has been huge for forward progress in LGBT political news. Between the administration's clarified definition of "family," HHS's announcement of the creation of an LGBT senior resource center, HUD's new study on LGBT discrimination in housing, and the Senate's passage of hate crimes legislation, the fundies must be going apoplectic. We, however, kept delivering some of the best LGBT content on the web like these gems:

Bilerico Nation
Martinis With Fred Phelps
Filed by: Peter Monn and Alex Paredes (Bilerico-Indiana);

Norfolk Country Club Bars Same-Sex Family Membership in Vote
Filed by: Michael Hamar (Bilerico-DC);

Dan Gelber Garners LGBT Endorsement in hotly contested FL AG race
Filed by: Nadine Smith (Bilerico-Florida);

Equality Across America wants you
Filed by: Diane Silver;

My Cleaning Trolley, just in case real cleaning wasn't fun enough
Filed by: Alex Blaze;

The APLA AIDS Walk, the Age of Aquarius, and people like me
Filed by: Karen Ocamb;

Click Here To Email 36 U.S. Representatives Unconfirmed on ENDA
Filed by: Dr. Jillian T. Weiss;

High School Hand Holding as Punishment... with a Dash of Internalized Homophobia
Filed by: Waymon Hudson;

Sexy and queer religious imagery
Filed by: Alex Blaze;

Glee star Corey Monteith thinks you're the jazz
Filed by: Bil Browning;

Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind
Filed by: Steve Ralls;

Rosie and Kelli Working on Their Issues; So Is the Media
Filed by: Dana Rudolph;

Inside baseball: The all-male college "gay problem"
Filed by: Austen Crowder;

Histórica aprobación de ley federal para prevenir crímenes de odio
Filed by: Pedro Julio Serrano;

Top 10 Out Gay Male Pop Stars
Filed by: Phil Reese;

Obama administration moves forward on LGBT rights via HUD & HHS
Filed by: Bil Browning;

Hate crimes passes Senate: Goes to President's desk
Filed by: Bil Browning;

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