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  1. TampaZeke
    August 14, 2013

    And they went on and on about how they have a long record of supporting the gay community because they put up a Stoli sign at this Pride parade or a banner at that gay event but failed to mention that they don’t even have gay inclusive anti-discrimination policies at the company.

    I get so sick and tired of companies claiming that they support us because they market to us and let us buy their product!

    • Jim Burroway
      August 14, 2013

      Bad week for Stoli, yes, but Queerty’s shilling for them is a disgrace.

  2. TomTallis
    August 14, 2013

    “In lieu of the national Stoli boycott by some in the LGBT community, GayCities has convinced SPI (Stoli’s parent company) to donate $5 for each person whom RSVP’s and attends…”

    Whom??? Really?

  3. DN
    August 14, 2013

    As I said on JMG, if I was ambivalent about putting Stoli out of my life, this cinches the deal. And as I said on BTB, Timothy was dead-on a couple weeks ago with the argument that there’s a vast difference between supporting gays and marketing to gays.

    As I said at the time, “Stoli does not support gays. We support them.” And paraphrasing Joel McHale on Community, “If it was Mexicans buying Stoli, SPI would be riding around on donkeys.”

  4. Sterling Ericsson
    August 15, 2013

    While I do completely agree that this competition really doesn’t have anything to do with them supporting the LGBT community.

    However, that doesn’t change the fact that they have done so much for the LGBT community over the years and it is completely disingenuous to act otherwise. They have spent millions of dollars not just on promotionals as people claim, but also in funding for organizations, non-profits, and pride parades. Without them, the San Diego Pride Parade likely would have never happened, as SPI Group was one of the crucial original funders.

    They spent money directly out of their own pocket to fund a documentary series about the LGBT community called Be Real.

  5. AlexH
    August 15, 2013

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel like being a winner of a male beauty contest for Stoli (or any other product) and then being an underwear model for Andrew Christian is a booby prize?

    Is this what gay men aspire to be?

    • Jim Burroway
      August 15, 2013

      Is it just me or does anyone else feel like being a winner of a female beauty contest for Donald Trump and then being a model for (anyone) is a booby prize?

      Is this what straight women aspire to be?

      Yes, a few of them.

  6. Timothy Kincaid
    August 15, 2013

    actually the female winner would be the booby prize, the male winner would be the booty prize.

  7. AlexH
    August 16, 2013


    Unfortunately, with the exception of Vanessa Williams & Lynda Carter (and maybe Mary Ann Mobley?), most beauty queens end up, I’m not sure where…

    Female super models are a different breed and I can see how they can turn that into an actual career.

    This might be an urban legend, but I heard that some men would make more money doing gay porn (becoming “exclusives” for say Falcon) then they would actually working the runway.

    I guess it was inevitable in our community’s evolution at least here in the States; we have become the new women.

    And by that I mean advertisers have now honed in on us telling us how to pump and primp and how to be objectified by the male gaze. The ironic thing is that actually shows the progress we’ve made into the mainstream.

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