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Greg Louganis Finally Gets His Wheaties Box

Due to his sexual orientation, Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis never landed the major endorsement deals bestowed on many world class athletes, but today he does finally get his Wheaties box. From the General Mills corporate blog: They are three remarkable athletes who won multiple gold medals while competing against the world’s best. Their accomplishments certainly put them into consideration ...

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BREAKING: PayPal Cancels New Charlotte Operations Center Over North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Hate Law

Freedom For All Americans reports: This morning, April 5, Paypal, a global company dedicated to facilitating online payments, announced that it is withdrawing plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte. The reason for their plans to withdraw? North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which was ramrodded through the North Carolina General Assembly on March 23, with just 12 ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Mississippi House Makes Final Vote On Anti-LGBT “License To Discriminate” Hate Bill UPDATE: House Votes 70-47 To Send Bill To Governor

UPDATE: A live video link for the Mississippi House is below. Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: This morning, advocates from HRC and ACLU of Mississippi gathered outside the Mississippi State Capitol to highlight the discriminatory effects of H.B.1523, urging House Speaker Philip A. Gunn to shelve the bill before this afternoon’s final vote. The outrageous legislation would ...

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1500 Public Transit Organizations Oppose Hate: We Would Cancel Our Charlotte Convention If We Could

The American Public Transportation Association, which was founded in 1882 and has 1500 member organizations, says they really wish they could cancel their May convention in Charlotte over North Carolina’s hate law, but are unable to nullify their contract. From their statement: APTA is committed to being inclusive and does not condone discrimination of any kind against anyone who works ...

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26,000-Member Interior Designers Association Backs Boycott Of North Carolina’s Flagship Trade Show

As I noted several days ago, organizers of High Point Market Week, which bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings trade show, say they are being deluged with cancellations in the wake of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signing his state’s hate bill into law. Yesterday the 26,000-member American Society of Interior Designers issued a statement backing the boycott ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Wells Fargo Lights Its Charlotte Tower In Support Of Transgender Day Of Visibility

Yesterday was the International Day of Transgender Visibility and in support Wells Fargo lit its 48-story Duke Energy Center tower in Charlotte in pink, white, and blue, which are the colors of the transgender pride flag. Also yesterday Wells Fargo joined the 80+ major corporations who have called for the repeal of North Carolina’s hate law. From the Charlotte Observer: ...

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Chicago Joins North Carolina Travel Ban, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Invites Businesses To Relocate To His City

Crain’s Chicago reports: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is issuing an executive order banning official city travel to North Carolina. And, seeking to gain from a flap over the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people there, Emanuel says he’ll be contacting North Carolina companies that might be interested in relocating to a “more inclusive” Chicago. In comments after an unrelated ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Replacements LTD Founder Bob Page Laments His State’s Anti-LGBT Legislation

North Carolina’s openly gay Replacements LTD founder Bob Page today issued a statement in reaction to his state’s hate law. His message in full: Today, I take the unusual step of sending you a personal message. Perhaps you, like millions of others, have heard that North Carolina’s recent passage of House Bill 2 – which has been called the worst ...

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Big Business Turns Up Heat On North Carolina

The New York Times reports: The onslaught of criticism, economic sanctions and a lawsuit being leveled at Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina grew on Tuesday, as the largest corporation in his state joined the fight against a new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Bank of America, which has its headquarters in Charlotte, ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Hate Coalition Posts List Of Local Businesses Which Support The New Anti-LGBT Law

From a Facebook post by the NC Safe Coalition: “While business owners in other states have received criticism and have even been forced out of business for standing up for common sense, hundreds (334) of North Carolina business owners have signed on to a letter thanking Governor Pat McCrory and the General Assembly for passing a law affirming the privacy ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Boycott Threatens State’s Flagship Furniture Trade Show, Organizers Slam Anti-LGBT Law

North Carolina’s High Point Market Week bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show and mere days after the state’s anti-LGBT bill was signed into law, the show’s organizers say they are being deluged with attendee cancellations for next month’s convention, which delivers an estimated $5.4B to the local economy with its spring and fall events. Via ...

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Major Companies Slam North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law: IBM, Google, Facebook, Bank Of America, PayPal

Yesterday major corporations took to social media or released statements to denounce North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. See some of their messages below. Perhaps most prominent among them is IBM, the state’s largest private employer. Fortune reports: Big Blue, North Carolina’s largest employer, posted a statement on Thursday that expressed disappointment with the new law, which LBGT rights supporters widely ...

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GEORGIA: Disney Vows Boycott Over Anti-LGBT Bill

On Saturday, HRC head Chad Griffin asked Hollywood to boycott Georgia if the state’s anti-LGBT “religious liberty” bill becomes law. Today Griffin got his first result. Via the Hollywood Reporter: Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit will not film future movies in Georgia if a controversial bill that critics contend would legalize anti-gay discrimination is signed by that state’s ...

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HRC: 60 Major Corporations Endorse Equality Act

The Human Rights Campaign today announced that 60 major corporations have jointly endorsed the Equality Act. Companies on the list include Amazon, Apple, Google, Twitter, IBM, Facebook, Hilton, Hyatt, MasterCard, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo. See the full list below. Via press release: Since HRC joined with lawmakers and advocates last July to introduce the Equality Act in Congress, HRC ...

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Kylie Minogue Throw Legal Shade As “Secondary” Reality Star Kylie Jenner Tries To Trademark First Name

Kardashian clan member Kylie Jenner has filed federal trademark applications for her first name. Not having it is gay icon Kylie Minogue, whose representation has fired back with enough legal shade to put Hollywood’s sunblock vendors out of business. Minogue’s opposing filing pointedly notes that Jenner is “home-schooled” and calls her a “secondary reality show personality” who only plays a ...

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Red Lobster Cashes In On Beyonce

Beyonce’s new single Formation contains this immortal line: “When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster.” Immediately following her Super Bowl performance of the song – albeit a cleaned up version – the Twitterverse hovered over Red Lobster’s feed, hoping for an amusing or at least meme-worthy reaction. But it was a long eight hours before ...

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Christian Group Issues List Of Candy, Flowers, And Jewelry Brands To Boycott On Valentine’s Day

As they have done for other holidays, Faith Driven Consumer has posted a listing of brands to boycott on Valentine’s Day because their parent companies do not show “respect for and compatibility with biblically orthodox teachings.” They write: “Valentine’s Day has been celebrated by Christians for many centuries; its emphasis on love makes this special day a natural fit for ...

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TODAY: Pharma Douche Martin Shkreli To Plead The Fifth At US House Price-Gouging Hearing

Politico reports: The drug industry’s most notorious CEO, who exulted in making a fortune by jacking up the price of a life-saving medicine, will plead the Fifth Amendment on Thursday morning when he appears for the first time before lawmakers he trashes on Twitter. The appearance of former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, the hoodie-wearing, hip-hop-loving indicted millennial multimillionaire, will ...

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Al Jazeera America To Shut Down

USA Today reports: Al Jazeera America, the American cable news outlet owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera, plans to shut down less than three years after its much-ballyhooed launch, unable to overcome low ratings, operational problems and a lack of advertisers. The cable news network will be phased out by April 30, according to a memo that was e-mailed to staffers ...

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Rupert Murdoch And Jerry Hall Get Engaged

Rupert Murdoch, Mick Jagger – what’s the difference? USA Today reports: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress and former supermodel Jerry Hall announced their engagement Tuesday. The news was revealed in the births, marriages and deaths section of the Times of London, which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corporation media group. It reads: “Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, ...

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