The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has sent a blistering letter (PDF) to McDonald’s cutting their ties with them, perhaps partially in response to COO Donald Thompson’s “I am a Christian” statement about the company’s ad in France.
We strongly believe that McDonald’s plan to distance itself from LGBT and other diverse business segments, coupled with the release of the French TV ad, is ill advised and counter to the spirit of good business and sound ethics. We sincerely hope that McDonald’s will reconsider its position and that the company will again show its support for LGBT people, our families and our businesses — not just where it is politically expedient, but around the globe.
Barring a significant change in policy on the part of McDonald’s, please consider this letter as official notice that the NGLCC will not accept future support or membership by McDonald’s or any of its subsidiaries. Additionally, please note that we will answer any questions about this communication, the past relationship between our organizations or any other questions by members of the NGLCC, the media or other interested parties with nothing less than factual and accurate information based on our communications and experiences with McDonald’s and its representatives.
The NGLCC says they represent the interests of about 1.4 million LGBT-owned business in the United States. Read their entire letter.