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Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

LGBT rights advocates to urge Procter & Gamble to drop Olympics sponsorship

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- LGBT activists will deliver nearly 200,000 signatures to Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati on Wednesday, urging the maker of everything from perfumes to pet food to end its sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia. [ Read more → ]

Ind. chamber of commerce says it won’t take sides on gay marriage ban

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
MUNSTER, Ind. — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce likely won't get involved in what could be a contentious fight next year over whether to add a gay marriage ban to the state constitution, the pro-industry group's president said. [ Read more → ]
Stolichnaya, the most recognizable name among Russian vodkas, is at the center of a boycott over Russia's anti-gay laws.

LGBT advocates target Russian vodkas in response to anti-gay legislation

Friday, July 26, 2013
LGBT activists, led by Seattle-based advice columnist and "It Gets Better" campaign founder Dan Savage, have launched a boycott of Russian vodka in response to anti-gay legislation signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin, and increased violence against LGBT citizens in Russia. [ Read more → ]

Tim Hortons blames website censorship on vendor after boycott threatened

Friday, July 19, 2013
TORONTO -- Tim Hortons, the Ontario-based coffee and doughnut house with more than 3,500 locations in Canada and the U.S., said Friday it has lifted a block of a popular Canadian LGBT news website from its in-store Wi-fi under pressure from gay rights advocates who vowed to launch a boycott of the chain. [ Read more → ]

Payroll company Paychex to protect employee gender rights

Friday, June 28, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has leveraged the influence of the state pension fund to prod a company it invests in to spell out its opposition to discrimination and harassment of employees based on gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Exxon Mobil shareholders defeat resolution to ban anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
DALLAS -- Exxon Mobil shareholders on Wednesday defeated a resolution to explicitly ban discrimination against gays. [ Read more → ]

Digital comic blocked over ‘tiny porno images’ depicting gay sex

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Apple, known for its tight controls over material and apps sold through its channels, has blocked the latest edition of a digital comic called "Saga" from being sold through comic book apps on the iPad and iPhone because it contained two scenes depicting gay sex. [ Read more → ]
Pots N Hands

Canadian couple closing restaurant due to anti-gay abuse by townsfolk

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
MORRIS, Manitoba, Canada -- A gay couple in Canada said they are closing their Manitoba restaurant after just four months because of ongoing anti-gay abuse leveled against them and their employees by local residents. [ Read more → ]

Advertising comes out of the closet, into mainstream with gay themes

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Welcome to the latest in gay imagery in mainstream advertising, where LGBT people have been waiting for a larger helping of fairness, or at least something other than punchlines and cliches. [ Read more → ]

One in seven Fortune 500 companies gave to the Boy Scouts

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Among the corporations that make up the current Fortune 500 — Fortune magazine’s yearly list of the top 500 American companies ranked by revenue — about one in seven, or 14 percent, each donated at least $10,000 to the Boy Scouts of America in 2010, despite the organization’s longtime ban of gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Hundreds of U.S. companies, cities ask Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
BOSTON -- Nearly 300 corporations, cities, and other organizations filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, encouraging it to overturn a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Major U.S. corporations call on Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 60 U.S. corporations -- including Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, Nike and Morgan Stanley -- have signed on to an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Boeing changes course on survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Friday, January 18, 2013
CHICAGO -- The aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing said Friday that it has altered its policies on providing survivor pension benefits to same-sex couples during negotiations with union representatives this week. During extensive contract negotiations last November, Boeing executives told the union negotiators that since pensions... [ Read more → ]

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management launches LGBT initiative

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Morgan Stanley has announced the launch of an LGBT initiative to provide its financial advisors with wealth planning tools, business development and marketing resources designed specifically for LGBT prospects and clients. [ Read more → ]

Merck Foundation ends support for Boy Scouts over anti-gay policy

Monday, December 10, 2012
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- The Merck Foundation, the charitable arm of Merck & Co., one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, has announced it has suspended all funding to the Boys Scouts of America. [ Read more → ]

One Million Moms drops campaign against JC Penney, Ellen DeGeneres after 3 days

Friday, December 7, 2012
The anti-gay group that bills itself as "One Million Moms" -- who resurrected their fight against JC Penney earlier this week over a new ad featuring Ellen DeGeneres -- has dumped its latest protest after only three days. [ Read more → ]

Nordstrom announces its support for same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 11, 2012
In an email to it 56,000 employees, Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom on Thursday announced its support for marriage equality, and the Washington state ballot initiative, Referendum 74, that would legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Petition calls on UPS to end corporate donations to anti-gay Boy Scouts

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- After successively lobbying Intel Corporation to end its corporate contributions to the Boy Scouts of America last month, LGBT rights advocate Zach Wahls has set his sights on United Parcel Service. [ Read more → ]
Steve Cammett

Former employee: Chick-fil-A ‘is a safe place for people to go in and hate’

Friday, September 28, 2012
DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A former Chick-fil-A employee is speaking out, and says that the fast food chain "is a safe place for people to go in and hate, and they expect to get patted on the back for it." [ Read more → ]

Intel announces it will no longer support anti-gay Boy Scouts of America

Friday, September 21, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America has lost its largest corporate donor, Intel, which announced Friday that it will no longer support the group until it vows to stop discriminating against gay people. [ Read more → ]

Chick-fil-A releases internal document, says donations ‘mischaracterized’ as doubts grow

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Following intense skepticism after news broke late Tuesday that Chick-fil-A will no longer donate to anti-gay organizations and a new report in the The Advocate renewing concerns about its giving policies, the company has issued a document that it says “thoroughly” outlines the company’s policy. However, the statement seems to have done little to convince LGBT activists that its policies have changed. [ Read more → ]
Wildflower Inn

Lesbian couple settles lawsuit with inn that refused to host ‘gay reception’

Friday, August 24, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A Vermont inn has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a lesbian couple from New York who claimed that the inn refused to host their wedding reception because they were a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]

Amtrak markets to same-sex parents, lauches ‘Ride with Pride’ website

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Amtrak launched its “Ride With Pride” campaign on Wednesday, a partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) — a travel network that connects LGBT individuals with travel companies that are LGBT friendly. [ Read more → ]

Target promotes wedding registry for same-sex couples

Saturday, July 28, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just weeks after it announced it was selling greeting cards nationwide to celebrate same-sex unions, Target stores is now inviting gay and lesbian couples to set up wedding registries in their stores. [ Read more → ]

Muppets creators end partnership with Chick-fil-A over anti-gay sentiments

Sunday, July 22, 2012
The Jim Henson Company, the entertainment organization that traces its origins to the founding of The Muppets in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, has ended its affiliation with Chick-fil-A over the restaurant chain’s anti-gay sentiments. [ Read more → ]
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