Garden State Equality Pulls Awards From AT&T, KPMG and Pfizer

The bullet: once Garden State Equality LGBT Advocacy group was alerted to AT&T, KPMG, and Pfizer Corporations' complicity with Christian Right's regressive attempts to roll back LGBT discrimination protection in the state of Tennessee they decided to rescind awards they have given to those companies for their LGBT friendly corporate policies.

Garden State Equality withdraws honors for AT&T, KPMG and Pfizer for anti-LGBT lobbying by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, on whose Board of Directors the three companies serve and had been told about the lobbying additionally Garden State Equality, New Jersey's statewide organization for LGBT equality, stands by its sister organization, the Tennessee Equality Project.

Full press release can be seen at AmericaBlog. Background on this story is here, and here.

That's how you advocate. It's even prompting this New Yorker to say, “Good Job, Jersey!”

If you haven't signed the petition asking these companies to step up and take some responsibility for their part in helping the Christian Right Bash the gays please do so. Send a message to corporate America: “Keep your hands off of LGBT Civil Rights!”

The movement has also moved to Facebook. There is a page here, please “Like” it and post it and ask your friends to. This story is not getting much coverage and we need to change that.

Update: After the fold, a collection of Facebook page links to some of the Corporations involved. Many in the gay community are right now, leaving their thoughts on these companies role helping repeal the Civil Rights of LGBT people in Nashville Tennessee. 

Thanks to JPMassar at Daily Kos for collecting these links and for this suggestions:

Please visit the Facebook pages of each of the companies who are responsible for the hateful law passed in Tennessee last week that will repeal gay and trans municipal civil rights protections (and protections for every other minority), and ban cities in the state from every passing any civil rights law ever again, for anybody.

This stuff matters.  The most important thing to any company is their brand.  They don't like criticism, and really don't like it online where it can be read by millions and where it has a tendency to never truly go away (everything remains on the Internet forever).  You can help a lot by simply clicking through to each of these company's Facebook pages and posting a simply message telling them to stop the hate in Tennessee.

Here are the Facebook pages of the board members who have pages on which you can comment – click “like” on the page in order to comment:

FedEx (Note FedEx does not allow direct wall posts but you can leave comments on FedEx generated wall posts.)
Xfinity (aka ComCast)
Concast New England
Comcast Michigan
NBC Universal

Finally, there's Alcoa.  Alcoa is the only company to, early on, publicly state their opposition to the hateful legislation and their desire for the governor to veto the bill.  Clearly Alcoa's role on the board of the chamber is troublesome, but they do deserve our praise for immediately doing the right thing and calling for a veto.  The other companies have refused.  Here is their Facebook page: Alcoa.

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