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Just in time to kick-off of the holiday shopping season, HRC is releasing our annual buyers guide that rates hundreds of popular American brands on their businesses’ treatment of LGBT employees. “Buying for Equality 2010” divides businesses and their consumer products into red, yellow and green categories based on their score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a nationally recognized benchmark of LGBT inclusion. The guide — previous versions of which have been viewed and downloaded more than 300,000 times — is available for download and viewing online at www.hrc.org/buyersguide.

The LGBT community is estimated to have $712 billion in buying power this year, according to research by Witeck-Combs Communications and MarketResearch.com. A recent study by Witeck-Combs/Harris Interactive also found that 78 percent of LGBT people are extremely or very likely to consider brands that are known to provide equal workplace benefits for their employees, including LGBT workers.

Said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese:

“Congress is currently considering the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a critical piece of workplace legislation that will include our community. Until all LGBT Americans get fair treatment in the workplace, we must support businesses that support us. By purchasing products from businesses that support LGBT equality, shoppers send a clear message to businesses that their support, or lack thereof, will directly impact their bottom line.”

“From determining which car to purchase, to the right holiday gift for the kids, to everyday grocery shopping, this guide harnesses the power of equality-minded shoppers. At this moment it’s critically important that businesses hear that their customers support businesses that support us,” said Solmonese.

Fair-minded consumers are also encouraged to write to businesses to either thank them for their support, ask them revise their policies, or encourage them to participate in the Corporate Equality Index. More information can be found at www.hrc.org/consumeradvocacy.

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Anti-Prop 8 protestors targeted the Lakewood, CA franchise of El Pollo Loco on November 22nd 2008, after linking the restaurant to a Yes on 8 contribution made by a Long Beach businessman. More than a dozen protestors carried signs reading “Bigot,” “Stop the H8,” and “Franchise Owner Against Civil Rights.” Despite the fact that El Pollo Loco made no contributions to either side in the Prop 8 campaign, the protest is another in a series of demonstrations targeting businesses employing individuals or owned by individuals who supported Prop 8.

Roland Spongberg, president of WKS Restaurant Corporation which operates the El Pollo Loco franchise, told the Long Beach Report: “I am surprised by the personal attacks, surprised that some, it seems, want to affect your livelihood, your ability to make a living. I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Customers so far appear undeterred by the protests, with customer Ken Baker of Long Beach telling a reporter: “I don’t like chicken, but I saw the [anti-Prop 8] signs…[The demonstrators’ signs] were like a big billboard telling me where I should have lunch today.”

El Pollo Loco franchises operated by WKS Restaurant Corporation (by area code):

El Pollo Loco #3525 16940 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91343-3526 (818) 895-1680
El Pollo Loco #3532 10651 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344 (818) 831-4044
El Pollo Loco #3467 4544 Saugus Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 990-7655

El Pollo Loco #3526 3925 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 665-1333
El Pollo Loco #3504 5151 State University Dr. CSULA Golden Eagle Bldg. Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 343-6728
El Pollo Loco #3507 1360 W. Imperial Hwy. Los Angeles, CA 90029 (323) 757-8229
El Pollo Loco #3528 6929 Eastern Av. Bell Gardens, CA 90201 (323) 771-5544‎

El Pollo Loco #3531 3008 Sepulveda Blvd. W. Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 444-0010
El Pollo Loco #3461 7639 Garvey Ave. Rosemead, CA 91770 (626) 307-4394

El Pollo Loco #3457 2727 Carson St. Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 496-1664
El Pollo Loco #3455 1212 S. Bellflower Blvd. CSULB-Student Union Bldg. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 985-2361
El Pollo Loco #3448 16707 Pioneer Blvd. Artesia, CA 90701 (562) 924-6918
El Pollo Loco #3392 2200 Clark Ave. Long Beach, CA 90815 (562) 494-9691
El Pollo Loco #3322 3502 Cerritos Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (562) 626-8388
El Pollo Loco #3545 3425 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804 (562) 494-1343
El Pollo Loco #3488 11601 Carson St. Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 924-2250

El Pollo Loco #3494 40468 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 304-7082
El Pollo Loco #3521 32451 State Hwy 79. Temecula, CA 92592 (951)302-2611
El Pollo Loco #3495 117 W. Nuevo Road. Perris, CA 92571 (951) 943-4626
El Pollo Loco #3477 31550 Grape St. Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 (951) 245-1542

El Pollo Loco #3458 2232 S. Bristol St. Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 474-2120
El Pollo Loco #3490 21212 Bake Pkwy. Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949) 454-8312

El Pollo Loco #3453 120 No. Euclid. Fullerton, CA 92832 (714) 871-5852

El Pollo Loco #3371 8200 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93311 (661) 831-9443
El Pollo Loco #3476 2000 White Lane. Bakersfield, CA 93304 (661) 396-7639
El Pollo Loco #3475 3701 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 322-4887

El Pollo Loco #3506 1090 S. Mt. Vernon. Colton, CA 92324 (909) 777-0045

El Pollo Loco #3565 4330 Genessee Ave. San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 278-0355
El Pollo Loco #3564 8349 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92126 (858) 578-7553

El Pollo Loco #3563 3444 Midway Dr. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 523-9904
El Pollo Loco #3562 494 Broadway. El Cajon, CA 92021 (619) 588-6034

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This is just PLAIN crazy, but then again it is Walmart and they have been against the gays for fuck knows how long. Boycott y’all!

Not every confrontation that a gay person experiences in their life is based on their orientation. But sometimes it is very difficult to see any other possible explanation.

Take the experience that Joe Paolucci, Thomas Hitchcock, and their special need twins had recently with Wal-Mart.

Employees at the Niles, MI Wal-Mart store accused Paolucci of shoplifting some Bic lighters. Although he produced the receipt, they refused to back down, insisting that the two men go to a “detention room”. The employees, using vulgarities and hostility, frightened their special needs kids. (South Bend Tribune)

Paolucci said that while he and Hitchcock were attempting to calm down the boys, the employees ordered them to enter a “detention room” for questioning. Fearful of what might happen behind closed doors, he and Hitchcock refused to enter and asked to speak to a manager.

“Some guy came up and said, ‘I’m the manager,’ then turned around and left,” Hitchcock said.

Paolucci said he and Hitchcock then asked store personnel to call police. Within minutes, deputies from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s Niles Township Patrol arrived, pleasing Paolucci who said he thought a few questions and a review of the store’s videotapes and computer records would quickly resolve the matter.

He said he was shocked when he was immediately handcuffed, without a question being asked, and placed in the back seat of a squad car. Hitchcock wasn’t handcuffed but also was placed in the back seat of a second squad car.

The twins, despite the protests of Paolucci and Hitchcock, were turned over to the store’s security personnel, who took them into the “detention room” or what police referred to as a security room.

A review of the security tapes proved that Paolucci and Hitchcock had done no wrong. So the store management profusely apologized and expressed their remose, right? No. They did not.

The two said they expected an apology and were surprised once again when personnel from the store walked up to the squad cars with the twins and read from a statement that Paolucci and Hitchcock had been banned by the store chain for life. Rather than shoplifting, the reason they were given was “being uncooperative.”

By the time they were read the statement, Paolucci and Hitchcock said, the twins had told them that the security staff had allegedly threatened them in the security room and had made disparaging remarks about Paolucci and Hitchcock’s lifestyle. Paolucci and Hitchcock said they asked police to take statements from the boys but the officers refused, telling the couple they’d have to contact Child Protective Services.

Wal-Mart even refused to replace frozen items that had now thawed due to their unprovoked misuse of their customers. Nor did the situation end at the harassment of the couple at the store.

Paolucci said the boys have suffered a type of post-traumatic stress disorder since the experience. Both wet their beds, although one has stopped, and both have had nightmares about one security employee in particular, he said.

“They’re terrified, horrified. We’ve had to change their medication twice,” he said.

And what does Wal-Mart corporate have to say?

Paolucci and Hitchcock e-mailed The Tribune a copy of a letter from a law firm representing Wal-Mart seeking 10 times the retail price of the items the store still claims were shoplifted by Paolucci. The letter states the matter will be dropped if Paolucci submits the $158.40 payment.

Now this is not the first time that Wal-Mart has been perceived as hostile to gay Americans. In 2007, HRC advised against giving our business to Wal-Mart, and just in April of this year, the CEO signed his name to a petition to ban gay couples from adopting.

Wal-Mart doesn’t care about my opinion. And there’s little I can do to impact their decision to treat gay customers with hostility.

But perhaps there are those, even in Niles, MI, who will decide that this situation is just one too many. That they cannot give their custom to bad neighbors. That it may be worth an extra nickle and a further drive to frequent the stores that do not abuse customers solely because they “disapprove of their lifestyle” and who admit it and apologize when they are wrong.

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It was only a matter of time before I got my perfectly sized hands on this amazing list of losers!

The 2009 Campaign Finance Report for StandForMarriageMaine.com is OUT, and we are very happy to see it, I mean why wouldn’t we?

Have a look by clicking HERE.

Naturally the biggest donors are NOM and the Catholics, but it also lists individuals and more importantly the company they work for (seriously, do they not know what the word BOYCOTT means?)

One of the reasons why I love these reports is that it informs us where we should and should not spend out money, Maine lobster is out, Massachusetts lobster is in.

WeightWatchers, Toyota, Hewlett Packard, Pitney Bowes are just a FEW of the companies that we should boycott.

EVERYDAY I am going to post the name of someone that has donated to Yes One 1, I urge you to contact the company they work for and kindly inform them that they just lost a customer, unless of course, they match their employees donation and give that money to  Protect Maine Equality.

First up isMary K Stawn of Mollies Bed & Biscuit in Maine, who donated $100 to Yes On 1, if you live in Maine, let your friends know to boycott this bigot!, and be sure to leave them a nice review on their yahoo listing page.

814 River Rd
Windham, ME 04062

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Churchgoers in Florida have launched a campaign to boycott Pepsi for its support of gay rights, including its donations to the fight against Proposition 8.

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Churchgoers in Tampa Bay, Fla., are being urged to boycott Pepsi to protest the corporation’s donations to gay advocacy organizations and “acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.”

Terry Kemple, president of the Community Issues Council, a right-wing Christian activist organization, wants to send a retaliatory message to Pepsi and its subsidiaries, which include Gatorade, Tropicana, Frito-Lay, and Quaker, according to WTSP-TV .

“[Kemple] said the company donated more than a million dollars to organizations that fought California’s gay marriage–banning Proposition 8,” reported WTSP-TV. “He also says the Pepsi Corporation has sponsored gay pride events and commercials that accept cross-dressing and homosexuality.”

Kemple reportedly also convinced his megachurch, the Bell Shoals Baptist Church, to remove its 10 Pepsi machines and replace them with vending machines from Coke.

Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida, called the boycott “offensive” and “embarrassing,” noting that Coke, like Pepsi, supports full equality.


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I think this is an excellent idea!

David Craig

Causes – Protest


Time and PlaceStart Time:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 12:00am

End Time:
Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 12:00am

Across the United States

Main Street

We are calling for a nationwide strike and economic boycott by all Gays and Lesbians AND OUR ALLIES, whether straight, bisexual or transgendered, on December 10th, 2008, which is International Human Rights Day.

1. Strike: call in gay, shut down your business, take the day off.
2. Boycott: don’t spend money, particularly at establishments that support discrimination.
3. Volunteer: show the world that our message is about love, not hate.
4. Communicate: spread the word. We need everyone’s support.

Because LGBT workers, business owners, consumers and taxpayers contribute over $700 billion to the U.S. economy each year. We are a vital part of American society and should not be treated as second class citizens without the same rights as every other American.

Because strikes and boycotts have been a powerful weapon in the history of non-violent and legal protests.
See http://www. pbs. org/now/society/boycott. html

Because marriage should be a Right for all Americans, including gay men and lesbians, regardless of gender, race OR religion.

Because until ALL are equal, NONE are equal.

Our co-sponsors include:
GAYS ON STRIKE (on Facebook)

WHY THE NAME “A DAY WITHOUT GAYS”? The name is derived from A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN, a powerful film that examined the value of Latino immigrants to American Society.

My thoughts:

I think this is a peaceful and excellent way to make a statement, good on you for taking the lead in this effort!! To all those saying this is a stupid idea or that it is not necessary — think again. When Change does come, you will have these courageous individuals to thank when you reap the benefits of their labor as you sat on the sidelines. I do not believe in separate, but equal, because it is NOT equal.
We are arguing over semantics here, this is my solution:

The word “marriage” is derived from religion, so let religious organizations conduct and recognize marriages. Where the government is concerned, define a union between a woman and a man, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, as a CIVIL UNION all across the board with equal benefits and rights. Sounds simple right? Too bad it is not that easy. Let’s resolve this issue America, so we can unite to find resolve to the issues we all face; health care, the war, education, and the economy.
We have a lot of work to do!!

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Side of Guac With Your Hate?

L.A. eatery El Coyote, long known for attracting a heavily LGBT client base, is facing the heat now that bloggers have revealed one of the managers, who is a niece of the original owners, had donated to the pro-Proposition 8 campaign. El Coyote’s answer: a free lunch/press conference giving her a forum to explain her decision. But the 70-some people in attendance were none too pleased with what they heard. Is a boycott the answer?

By Christopher Lisotta
An Advocate.com exclusive posted November 12, 2008

The El Coyote Mexican café has been a staple of the Los Angeles restaurant scene for seven decades. Not too far from gay ground zero West Hollywood, the kitschy decor and cheap margaritas have been drawing customers for decades, particularly members of the LGBT community, who flock to the restaurant’s unofficial gay Thursdays for drinks and food.

But on Wednesday morning it wasn’t about enchilada plate specials. El Coyote opened its doors early to host about 70 opponents of Proposition 8, many of whom had been longtime customers. Marjorie Christoffersen — a manager, regular fixture at the restaurant, and the niece of the original owner — was revealed by bloggers and a local food website to be a $100 donor to the Yes on 8 campaign.

After getting hundreds of angry e-mails and phone calls, El Coyote staff invited customers to a free lunch with Christoffersen to explain her position. In the restaurant’s back dining room, a visibly shaken and tearful Christoffersen trembled as she read from a prepared statement.

“I’m sick at heart if I offended anyone in the gay community, ” Christoffersen said as family members flanked her. She pleaded with the crowd not to boycott the restaurant, telling them the only people to get hurt are the families of the El Coyote’s 89 employees. “This was a personal donation, ” she said, “not the El Coyote’s.

“It saddens me that my faith may keep you away from the El Coyote, ” she added.

But the press conference quickly went south when people in the crowd began asking questions. A man identifying himself as an ex-member of the Mormon Church asked if Marjorie was willing to donate to No on 8.

She started crying before saying… “I will not.”

Chaos ensued, the crowd erupted — many of them calling for a full on boycott of the restaurant.

Christoffersen and the employees of El Coyote are in the cross hairs of the next phase of the Prop. 8 protests. Will LGBTs punish businesses that espoused support for the passage of the marriage ban?

One of the restaurant’s managers, identifying himself as Bill, said he was upset by the reaction and the potential loss of loyal customers, but noted that so far business had “not at all” suffered since the news broke of Christoffersen’s donation. But Bill explained that the restaurant was making a donation to Lambda Legal and another LGBT-related charity, in support of what is expected to be a lengthy court battle over Prop. 8.

The debate on what to do continued after Christoffersen finished her remarks. A brief question-and-answer period deteriorated into a shouting match between some of the Prop. 8 opponents and Christoffersen. Her family then hustled her out of the restaurant.

One regular customer suggested Christoffersen didn’t understand what she had done (can the bitch not use google). “We have to be compassionate, ” he said.

Another Prop. 8 opponent disagreed, saying Christoffersen “is not taking any responsibility for how anyone feels.” A third customer pointed out that “Marjorie’s power is her money, ” and that each of them had to decide how to use their own cash: “That’s an individual choice we all have to make.”

An El Coyote waitress stood up and pleaded with her customers not to abandon the staff, many of whom are gay or have gay family members. She noted that working at El Coyote made it easier to accept her own brother when he came out.

One woman, who identified herself as a documentary filmmaker, wondered aloud “Who are we going after next?” after describing the furor as a pile-on against just one Yes on 8 donor who made herself available to her critics.

A host of people shouted back. “We’re going after everyone!” one man yelled.

Another attendee wanted to know if people in the room would be willing to help employees who did not want to work at El Coyote find other employment.

The boycott issue is not likely to go away soon. The morning of the El Coyote discussion, the president of the West Hollywood Democratic Club sent out an e-mail blast to encourage people to boycott businesses that supported Prop. 8. The blast specifically mentioned El Coyote.

The discussion broke up as many attendees opted not to stay for a free lunch. Outside the restaurant one gay couple said they had been twice-a-week customers. One of them said he didn’t know if they would be back, but his partner chimed in to say he didn’t think he could ever go back.

“That changes my answer, ” the first man said, holding up his hand and showing his wedding ring. “We’re married, and I’m not going back without him.”

I don’t condone the shouting and lashes she is taking, but I don’t see why any member of our community would eat there now. There is a stigma attached to it. My friends and I will not be eating there for a while.


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