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November 20, 2008



Attention, local fags, dykes, bisexuals, trannies, queer-identified & questioning, etc., etc., ad nauseum: if you’re still feeling pumped up and full of power after the amazing rally on the Plaza this past weekend, you can turn your anger & attention to a couple of civil-rights stripping businesses with representation here in town.

Normally, I think boycotts are a waste of time, but every once in awhile they work. If you’re in the mood to picket and/or boycott, have at it.

Sprint Center
(Anschutz  Entertainment), headed by right-wing conservative Christofacist d-bag (and Kansas native, natch), Phillip Anschutz. This is a toughie, cuz we mo’s love a show, but Anschutz made large donation in support of Colorado’s Amendment 2 a number of years ago. And since the Celine Dion show has been postponed AND they’re offering your money back on that ticket from your original point of purchase, what an awesome time to say “thanks but no thanks” to an asshole.

Cinemark Theaters. Tough, too. The Plaza Cinemark is awesome because a) it admits no one under 16 without a parent or guardian with a ticket for the same show and 2) they have that fantastic VIP room. However, the owner of Cinemark made a $9,999 donation to California’s proposition 8, a measure which passed banning marriage for same-sex couples after same-sex marriage had been deemed constitutional by the state’s Supreme Court.

Thanks Mo, for the tip.


  1. thanks for the info (got here from tonyskansascity.com, btw). i’m an old white lady who isn’t gay, yet i still believe in the U.S. Constitution, which is supposed to guarantee EQUAL rights for all.

    of course, i tell my sons that when they’re sick to death of holding the door for me and letting me go first, they’re damn welcome to fight for the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment. then they won’t be so alone when they get drafted, either – they’ll have plenty of female company while they murder for our government.

    canada, here we come!

    Comment by kmb — November 20, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  2. Excellent information. Thank you! Absent a dramatic reversal of their political philosophy on this issue, these two businesses will not see another penny from my family.

    Comment by Lance Weber — November 20, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  3. We’re worth $660 BILLION. Let’s spend wisely.

    Exxon Mobil
    Domino’s Pizza
    DISH Network
    Graco (baby products)
    Western Union
    Jarden Corporation (makers of First Altert, Ball canning supplies, Bionair, Crock-Pot, FoodSaver, Health-o-Meter, Holmes, Oster, Mr. Coffee, Sunbeam, zarafina, VillaWare, Seal-a-Meal, Patton, Coleman, JavaLog, and HydroSurge)
    Meijer Inc. (retailer)
    Bolthouse Farms (beverages & vegetables) (Admittedly, this is a tough call. The management is pretty gay-friendly, but the farm property is still leased from the execrable founder who sent Prop8 $100K, so your money will still find its way to him.)
    Hartzler Family Dairy (MO consumer dairy products)
    Pilgrim’s Pride (food)

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  4. The Salvation Army
    Knights of Columbus
    Boy Scouts of America
    Home Savings & Loan
    Branch Banking and Trust Company
    Virgin Media
    Marriott hotels
    Sandals Beach Resorts
    Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
    Grand del Mar Resort, San Diego, CA
    Whitetail Club and Resort, McCall, Idaho
    Outsidepride.com (home & garden products)

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 11:00 am

  5. Motocross Action, Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Bike, BMX Plus!, Dirtwheels, Road Bike Action, 4Wheel ATV Action and R/C Car magazines
    Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital (Parent company Universal Health Services offers no workplace equality)

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  6. I think I fragged the server?

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 11:08 am

    Apple Computer
    Levi Strauss
    Xerox Corp.
    American Airlines
    Avaya (IP telephony)
    Eastman Kodak
    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
    Alcatel-Lucent Technologies (telecom)
    Replacements Ltd. (replacement patterns of silver, china and glassware)
    Nike Inc.
    Coors Brewing Co.

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  8. And I’ve got another chunk of dipshits, but for some reason, it won’t let me post ’em.

    Comment by Mo — November 21, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  9. Cinemark is a problem, I have a disabled son who has worked for them for over 6 years, he is at the top of the pay scale and gets more than enough hours to affect his Social Security. Something he is quite proud of, you know a gimp working a regular job, not hidden in some sheltered/slave like back room job. He is not alone, Cinemark regularly seeks out the challenged. It is not all black and white, when you boycotte Cinemark over an issue in California, while in Kansas very little is being done to bring about inclusive rights.

    Which is more important gay rights to marriage in California or the employment and freedom that comes from a real job?

    Comment by kansas karl — November 28, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

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