We need your help to fight back against dishonest campaigns from extreme anti-gay groups - and we need to act quickly.
For weeks, you and other All Out members have been urging companies to cut ties with CVN (also known as CGBG) – a site that allows customers to donate a portion of their online purchases to ‘charities’ – including several anti-gay groups such as Focus on the Family (FotF) and Family Research Council (FRC). Because of our efforts, dozens of major companies have dropped off the network!
But now these groups have taken notice and they are telling their supporters to directly contact companies like Apple, Macy’s, Microsoft and Netflix and push them to re-join CVN. These companies have come out in support of LGBT rights, but are now the targets of a powerful hate machine.
Add your name to this petition telling these companies that funding hate is more than just wrong – it’s bad business. If we can reach 50,000 signatures from global consumers, we will deliver the petition to every major company on CVN’s platform next week.
FRC and FotF are trying to distort the facts and make corporations believe this is about marriage and attacking “Christian values” – in fact, none of our campaigns have mentioned the issue of marriage equality and many All Out members are devoted Christians as well. Our focus has been entirely on the activities of these organizations and their attempts to oppress LGBT people around the world.
FRC is listed as a hate group by respected civil rights organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)1, and, along with FotF, is one of the most vocal and well-funded advocates for discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people around the world. With annual budgets of $12 million and $100 million USD respectively, FRC and FotF frequently distribute misinformation about LGBT people and lobby against hate crimes legislation, anti-bullying laws, and civil protections all over the world.
We may not have their massive budgets, but we can surface the voices of thousands of concerned consumers, gay and straight, all over the world. Tell corporations that have come out in support of LGBT rights to stay strong and stay off of CVN:
Take a look at these 5 examples of FRC’s and FotF’s efforts to hinder equality for LGBT people:
1. Family Research Council opposes global decriminalization of homosexuality
FRC vocally condemned a recent UN resolution calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality, fearing that it would “force acceptance of the world’s gays and lesbians”.2
2. FRC directed members to pray for continued LGBT criminalization in Malawi
FRC asked it’s members to pray for countries, Malawi in particular, that have laws criminalizing homosexuality to have the courage to withstand coercion from the US to eliminate those laws. In Malawi, homosexuality carries a sentence of corporal punishment and up to 14 years in prison.3
3. Focus on the Family lobbies against anti-bullying measures and hate crimes legislation
FotF lobbied to repeal hate crimes laws in the US and has vocally opposed anti-bullying measures in schools, claiming that gay and lesbian teens know they are “abnormal” and “have higher propensity to depression or suicide” because of it.4
4. FRC and FotF tell people to pray the gay away
Both FotF5 and FRC6 advocate widely discredited “reparative therapy” that tries to convert LGBT people into heterosexuals, and both promote the “ex-gay” movement as a way to combat civil rights measures for gays and lesbians.
5. FRC tries to make people believe that gay people are pedophiles
FRC published and republished “studies” based on discredited junk science linking homosexuality to child abuse and pedophilia and claiming “One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the ‘prophets of a new sexual order’”.7
Thanks for going All Out.
All the best,
Aaron, Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Nita, Oli, Prerna, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out
PS - Sign the letter and ask your friends to do the same.
1. 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda
2. FRC Outraged That US Opposes The Criminalization Of Homosexuality
3. FRC: Pray For Malawi’s Laws Criminalizing Gay Sex
4. Focus on the Family Fights Bullying Prevention
5. Straight Like Me
6. Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Distorts Reality In Defending Bachmann Clinic
7. Family Research Council sneaking misleading studies back onto its webpage