The U.S. Ford Motor Company account books are showing the effects of both the downturn in the auto industry and a boycott launched in response to the company’s support for homosexual and liberal causes. The company posted a $5.8 billion loss in the third quarter of 2006, the largest loss for the U.S.’s second-biggest automaker in 14 years, while revenues fell 10 per cent from a year earlier. American Family Association chairman Don Wildmon said his group’s boycott has “significantly” contributed to the automaker’s troubles.
Concerned Women for America has attacked the U.S. Marriott hotel chain for banning smoking in its hotel rooms while continuing to offer hard-core pornography. The organization is calling on Marriott to lead the hotel industry in creating a truly safe and wholesome environment.
Internet giants Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have been challenged by Amnesty International to reveal which words they ban from blog and web searches in China. AI accuses the companies of “corporate complicity” in suppressing the internet in the communist state.
The Illinois Family Institute labelled the Gay Games in Chicago this past summer “a colossal flop” after only about 21,000 people showed up for the event’s opening ceremonies at Soldier Field. It reported that only the support of U.S. corporate sponsors such as Kraft, Walgreen’s, Gatorade and Best Buy saved the Games from severe financial losses.
Homosexual couple Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell have praised the support they have consistently received from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ever since they first became advocates for same-sex “marriage” in 2000. The bank’s 2006 Diversity Awards ceremony called Bourassa and Varnell “local celebrities” at CIBC because “they carry the distinction of being the first legally ‘married’ same-sex couple in the world.”
Amnesty International says a decision on whether it will expand its mandate to include supporting access to abortion is at least a year away. It says it defends its right to debate the issues of abortion and birth control within the context of “women’s rights.”
The mammoth U.S. Wal-Mart retail chain has come under fire for several reasons over the past several months. On one front, the American Family Association reports Wal-Mart is once again preparing to use the word “holiday” as its exclusive reference to Christmas this year. On another, it has decided to enter into a partnership with the U.S. National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, hired a gay marketing shop and begun discussions with activist groups about extending domestic-partnership benefits to its employees. It has also given $25,000 to the NGLCC to pay for two conferences.
The Americans for Truth organization reports Wal-Mart, along with Fox News, each gave $10,000 grants to the U.S. National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association to stage its convention in Miami, Fl. Other sponsors of that conference included: CBS, CNN, the Gannett Foundation, the Hearst Corporation, Coca Cola, ESPN, Verizon, Microsoft, Toyota, IBM, ABC News, General Motors, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Tribune Company.
The U.S. Parents Television Council released its annual list of top 10 best and worst advertisers this past summer, looking at how frequently companies sponsored wholesome, family-oriented shows versus those that are sexually graphic, violent or profane. The 10 best were: Coca Cola, the Campbell Soup Company, the Walt Disney Company, Ford Motor Company, Altria Group (parent company of Kraft Foods, Post cereals, Jell-O desserts, Maxwell House coffees, Oscar Mayer foods, Miracle Whip, Crystal Light drink mixes, Kool-Aid, Cool Whip, Minute Rice, Shake ‘n’ Bake and Altoids), DreamWorks, Schering-Plough Corp. (maker of Claritin and Dr. Scholls), Darden Restaurants Inc. (parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster) and Sears Holdings Corp. The 10 worst were: General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen, DaimlerChrysler, Target Corp., GlaxoSmithKline, Nissan Motors, American Express Inc., Apple Computers Inc. and Circuit City.
The Washington, D.C.-based homosexual rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign is reporting a record number of U.S. companies are trying to be gay friendly, with 138 major corporations scoring a top rating of 100 per cent. They include Adobe Systems, American Express, AMR Corp. (American Airlines), Anheuser-Busch, Apple Computer, AT&T, Best Buy, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chubb, Clorox, CMP Media, Coca-Cola, Coors Brewing, Corning, Daimler Chrysler, Dell, Deloitte & Touche U.S.A., Dow Chemical, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, Eli Lilly & Co., Ernst & Young, Estee Lauder Companies, Ford Motor Co., Gap Inc., General Mills, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Global Hyatt, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell International, Intel, IBM, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Levi Strauss & Co., Liz Claiborne, Lucent Technologies, Merck & Co., Microsoft, Motorola, New York Times Co., Nike, Pepsico, Pfizer, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sun Microsystems, U.S. Airways, Viacom, Visa International, Volkswagen of America, Wachovia, Whirlpool and Xerox.
TD Canada Trust is being lauded by Canada’s homosexual press as the company that has “probably gone farther than any large national business in associating their brand with queerness.” It is reported that the bank’s “focus on homos” comes directly from the top.
Montreal is to become the business centre of the international homosexual community after being named the headquarters of a new International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The city was chosen because “Montreal and Canada have been so open to the gay and lesbian community,” said the president of the Quebec Gay Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Bonham, chairman and chief executive officer of the Stoney Ridge Estate Winery in Vineland, Ont., has donated $1 million to the University of Toronto’s Sexual Diversity Studies Program, which studies gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual issues. The program includes a drama course on case studies in sadomasochism and the arts and literature course “Queerly Canadian.”