“We need help from straight people.To be very frank, we need help fromwealthy straight people who careabout us and who want to help uswin. … I suspect you support mar-riage equality. I beg you not to siton the sidelines and hope the votegoes our way.”
— Letter from early Amazon.com employee Jennifer Castto Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, asking Bezos to donateto Washington United for Marriage, which is ﬁghting aNovember ballot initiative that would turn back same-sexmarriage in the state. Bezos responded by donating $2.5million. (International Business Times, July 30)
“ We are proud to be recognized asa leader in LGBT inclusion efforts,but there is still a long way to go toachieve full equality. Legalize Loveis our call to decriminalize homo-sexuality and eliminate homopho-bia around the world.”
— Press statement from Google.com on its “LegalizeLove” campaign that launched last month.
“We do not believethe proposed con-stitutional amend-ment [to ban gaymarriage] is in thebest interests of our employ-ees or our state economy. We valuediversity. We value inclusion.”
— Ken Charles, General Mills vice president forglobal diversity and inclusion, explaining why theMinnesota-based company is taking a stand againsta ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage in thestate. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 14)
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Election reshapes Ga. GeneralAssembly gay caucus.
Gay ATL City Council membertakes on Chick-ﬁl-A.
Valdosta mayor shuns gayPride proclamation.
Bear? Twink? Lesbian mama?Find your purr-fect pet.
Adoptable pets readyfor LGBT parents.
Products to pamper your pet.
Our readers’ cutest pet photos.
Baton Bob marches to beatof own drummer.
Theater: Del Shores returns,‘Addams Family.’
Food: Robert’s Gay supperclub vs. Chick-ﬁl-A.
Photos: Joining Hearts, Backpackin the Park, Marietta Pride.
Rainbow Days aims to turnSix Flags gay.
Personality Spotlight:Poet Dustin Brookshire.
Sports Spotlight: Softball leaguesget ready for fall.
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That’s What She Said: Don’t spoil theOlympics for Melissa Carter.
Domestically Disturbed: Topher Payne’sopen letter to Bristol Palin.
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“Companies are a bellwether ofwhat is in the mainstream. Whenyou have some of the mainstaysof corporate leadership stand up,that’s important. It sends a powerfulmessage about where our society isright now.”
— Marc Solomon, campaign manager for Freedom toMarry, on the need for companies to take a stand infavor of marriage equality for same-sex couples. (As-sociated Press, July 27)