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AFA boycotts the Home Depot

Timothy Kincaid

July 21st, 2010

It must be boycott season, cuz the American Family Association has named their latest target. This year the featured business will be Home Depot.

Home Depot, the lumber/hardware mega-store, refused to acquiesce to AFA’s demands that they ban all employees from participating in gay pride:

“At the end of the day here, we’re not going to send anything out that forbids our associates to be involved in these pride festivals in any way.” – July 15, 2010

Well if Home Depot isn’t going to get control over their employees on their own time, then by golly AFA will.

So here’s what I predict will happen.

1. AFA will auto-email Home Depot pre-fab letters from their member list declaring that they will not shop at Home Depot.

2. Home Depot’s stock will go up. (I still haven’t figured out why this happens)

3. At some point Home Depot will agree to some tiny concession of no material concern.

4. AFA will declare victory and call off the boycott.

In the meanwhile, I’ve been meaning to change my sticking front door-knob… maybe it’s time.

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Dustin Manuel
July 21st, 2010 | LINK

I think I feel a sudden urge to remodel my apartment…or at least get some tools or something.

In addition to it being completely ridiculous that a company the size of Home Depot ban employees from participating in any gay event, not all the top leadership would want to ban it! One of their longstanding board members, who happens to be my grandfather, thinks that Proposition 8 was one of the dumbest things to ever happen in politics!

Oh, and I’m proud to say that my family helps support organizations like HRC, the Frameline GLBT film festival, and the Academy of Friends HIV/AIDS fund-raising event in San Francisco!

AFA can go boycott Home Depot all they way…and I’ll keep sending all my friends there!

Bernie
July 21st, 2010 | LINK

Oh, I think I shall open a charge account with them tomorrow. I may just even buy some of their stock.

Come on AFA! At this rate you’ll have nobody left to shop from. Why are you people such antithical bigoted Christians? Such cowards to boot, they don’t even have a way to contact them via the website. Such fearless bigots, indeed.

May God Bless us all!

Lindoro Almaviva
July 21st, 2010 | LINK

Well, there are some things I need to get, so I’ll skip Menard’s and head right to HD

MattNYC
July 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Mixed feelings. It was the HD CEO who was caught on tape claiming that any corporation that wasn’t giving 100% of their money to Republicans was failing in their duties to maximize shareholder value. We’ve tried to only shop at Lowes, ever since.

Al W.
July 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Heh, makes me feel better about the $157.80 I spent there last night!

Oh, and the funny thing about those auto-form emails? They’re easily blocked by any end user with a couple of simple commands in Outlook, which is the staple of corporate email. When my company started getting a deluge of those things from whoever was pissed at us that time, we got an email from our group vice president telling us to do a few simple steps and just block them all. About two minutes later, presto, no more nuisance form emails!

TW
July 22nd, 2010 | LINK

SHAME on Home Depot for exposing children to nudity and immoral settings.
Any store that does not support family values is NOT a place that will get MY money. HD used to be my favorite place to shop for tools and home improvement needs. Not anymore. I’ll go to Lowe’s. SHAME on them.

TJMcFisty
July 22nd, 2010 | LINK

TW, Lowe’s has sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policy and likes Teh Gay just fine.

They are a better choice, however, for the non-contractor given their focus on fashion grade items for plumbing, electrical, etc. My big gay husband appreciates your business.

to TW
July 22nd, 2010 | LINK

My local Lowe’s has several homosexual employees. TW, your local Lowe’s may have homosexual employees also, so I would check that out first before committing to switching your business. Actually employing homosexuals is much worse than allowing employees to go to homosexual pride festivals. Making an income allows these sinful people to carry on with their immoral lifestyle. So, on balance, you may be better off staying at your local Home Depot.

Unless they also employ homosexuals.

So, I guess my tip is: Only go to places that don’t allow homosexuals to work there. Cracker Barrel restaurants used to not allow homosexuals to work there, so maybe that’s a start.

Also, I’ve asked the Post Office to have a non-homosexual deliver my mail, as a matter of Christian civil rights. You might do the same.

In Christ,
Peter

(PS: This is parody.)

Ben in Atlanta
July 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Here in Hooterville we even have lesbians working at Ace Hardware. I haven’t ever not seen LGBT people shopping or working in Home Depot or Lowe’s. We are legion.

James Savik
July 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Do you know who the AFA is? They are a bunch of inbred religious fanatics from Tupelo, MS (home town of Elvis).

AFA makes their living off of extorting money from businesses. If the business tells them where to go, they protest and make trouble for them- Just like Jessie Jackson Jr except its run by homophobic maniacs. It is a protection racket.

Who gives a rat’s behind what they think?

Think I’ll go drop a few Grand at Home Depot just because they are cool enough to be on the AFA’s list.

ZRAinSWVA
July 24th, 2010 | LINK

Speaking of post offices, our local branch has an employee who is in the process of transitioning. I admire her for her bravery and fortitude (and determination!) given the very public nature of her job.

With regards to both Home Depot and Lowe’s, my experience has always been that they are very helpful, even to this not-so-macho, not so terribly well informed on matters pertaining to home-projects homo. And based on personal appearances, it at least appears that both are not hesitant to hire either lesbians or gays!

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