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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 1, 2011
Contact:
Roy Steele
Tie-dyed Jive in the (415)
415-513-6435
email:
info@jiveinthe415.com
http://www.jiveinthe415.com/

GAY ACTIVIST CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF RETAIL STORES


SUPPORTING THE FAITH AND FAMILY VALUES, INC. NETWORKS,
INCLUDING CHARITY GIVE BACK GROUP (CGBG), CHRISTIAN
VALUES NETWORK (CVN), THE JEWISH GIVING NETWORK (TJGN).
The Boycott campaign targets include Target Stores, Sears, Home Depot, Barneys New
York, Dell Computer, Lord & Taylor, PC Express
San Francisco, California ---
San Francisco based gay activist and blogger Roy
Steele is organizing, and calling for, a nationwide boycott of retail stores
participating in a Christian shopping web portal and affiliate marketing scheme that
is funding American anti-gay groups.
The Christian Values Network (CVN) shoppers place an online order from
participating retail stores, who donate a percentage of each sale, to non-profit
charities and religious groups, including the Family Research Council, Summit
Ministries, and Focus on the Family. These organizations have been labelled
anti-gay, by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In addition, The Family
Research Council was classified as a hate group by SPLC this year.
As a gay Christian man, it offends me that these retail stores are donating money
to organizations that promote hatred toward the LGBT community, Steele said.
The Family Research Council, Summit Ministries, and Focus on the Family, have a
long history of spreading lies and misinformation about the effectiveness of
conversion therapy, or pray away the gay, and they denigrate and demean the

LGBT community, to obscure their evil ways. Their behavior is anything but
Christian. If these retail stores are going to support the hate groups financially, it is
incumbent upon our community to organize and rise up against hate.
Through the blog Tie-dyed Jive in the (415) Steele is coordinating efforts to call,
email, fax and write the retail stores. He is also coordinating Labor Day picket lines
and protests for brick and mortar locations of retail organizations that do not
remove themselves from the CVN network.
The LGBT community, and the American people, are tired of the hate filled rhetoric
that groups like FRC, and Focus on the Family, continue to preach in the name of
Christianity, Steele noted. Microsoft, Apple, and Macys all removed their stores
from CVN, when they became aware of the relationship between the web portal
and the hate groups. It is time for the other retailers to do the same.
The Boycott begins immediately, and follows a successful campaign by Bellingham,
Washington student Ben Crowther, to convince Apple to sever ties with CVN. In
addition, Microsoft, Macys Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, and BBC America have ended
their relationship with CVN. A complete list of boycott targets can be found on the
website Tie-dyed Jive in the (415).
Established in 2011, the blog Tie-died Jive in the (415) is focused on promoting
diversity and tolerance, equal rights, marriage equality, and ending discrimination
and hateful rhetoric by religious leaders and politicians.
jiveinthe415.com

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