Ellen DeGeneres, Billie Jean King support Brunei-owned hotel boycott

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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More celebrities have expressed their support of George Clooney’s call to boycott hotels owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, in protest of the country’s new anti-gay stoning law.

Brunei’s Sharia law-based penal code took effect on April 3. People found guilty of adultery or gay sex can be punished with death by stoning. Punishment for lesbian sex is 100 lashes with a whip.

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Danish activists to boycott U.S. ambassador’s Pride month reception

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Activists in Denmark are planning to boycott the U.S. Embassy’s annual Pride month celebration over President Trump’s LGBTI rights record.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands is scheduled to host the reception at her official residence in Copenhagen on Aug. 15. Media reports indicate the organization behind Copenhagen Pride Week and LGBT Danmark have announced they will not attend.

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Malaysia, Indonesia Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain’s support for LGBT rights.

Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports a hard-line form of Islam and nationalism, this week called on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. This week and last, leaders of Indonesia’s second largest mainstream Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, with an estimated 29 million members, denounced the chain.

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North Carolina boycotts will mean major money loss

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High Point, N.C. (AP) – Furniture retailer Ron Werner usually spends $2 million a year at North Carolina’s gargantuan, semiannual furniture market, but he’s skipping this week’s event.

Werner knows not attending the High Point Market will mean missing an early look at new trends that could get hot later on, translating to big sales for his own business. But he said the state left him little choice when it passed a law last month that critics say discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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After anti-gay controversy, Indiana’s Memories Pizza reopens

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WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn’t allow him to cater a gay wedding opened April 9 to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support.

“It’s a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,” said Kevin O’Connor, owner of Memories Pizza.

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Stars join Elton John’s call for Dolce & Gabbana boycott

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – From the Oscars red carpet to the TV smash “Empire,” Dolce & Gabbana is everywhere in Hollywood. But might that soon change?

Several celebrities have joined the boycott bandwagon launched by Elton John after fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana criticized same-sex parents and the use of in vitro fertilization in an Italian magazine, calling the resulting children “synthetic.”

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No Shame in Watching These Games: The argument for NOT boycotting the Olympics on TV

By : Kirk Hartlage
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I’m gay, I drink Stolichnaya Vodka, and this month I’m watching the Olympics. Oh, and I’m not ashamed of any of it. When I hear my LGBT brethren speak of boycotting the 2014 Winter Games I have to ask, “What does boycotting really mean to you?” If it means not watching any of NBC’s extensive coverage from Sochi, well then, you’re missing out.

No matter the season, the Olympic Games consistently present compelling tales featuring the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat. This year’s Games already are no exception; to deny our—­­or any nation’s—athletes the opportunity to compete against all of the world’s best would be a huge discredit to the true Olympic spirit.

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Crueler Ruler: The argument FOR boycotting the Olympics on TV

By : Ken Kundis
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KenKundisHeadshotIn 1976, I was ten years old and Bruce Jenner was my hero.

Of course this was before his connection with the dreadful Kardashians, the shaved adam’s apple, the “Rachel” haircut, and the Sophia Lauren sunglasses. Back then, he was an uber-stud of the first order. If I close my eyes, I can still see the video of him waving the American flag during his victory lap after winning the ‘76 Decathlon, officially anointing him as the Greatest Athlete in the World.

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Watermark tradition: Boycotting the bell-ringers

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottIt’s that time of year again, when the incessant ringing of a bell greets every Publix shopper, accompanied by the sight of a Salvation Army bell-ringer. For the third year running, Watermark readers will quietly take a stand against the charitable organization’s anti-gay history, practices and attitude.

We are once again offering a mini-flyer stating your opposition to The Salvation Army’s anti-gay practices. If you are participating in the boycott but would like to let The Salvation Army know why, please download and print the “money” graphics on this page and when you encounter a bell-ringer, slip a flyer into their shiny red bucket in lieu of cash.

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