Clear as Mud: 7 Times LGBT Support Didn't Sound Very Supportive
When LGBT people call out companies and organizations working against our interests, often it results in a positive policy change. But these businesses or groups have recently muddied the waters by making halfhearted apologies — or they’ve backtracked on progressive moves or taken no action. For anyone keeping watch, here are some examples never to follow.
The company behind the popular Web browser Firefox has a new CEO, Brendan Eich, who back in 2008 donated $1,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8, which nullified marriage equality in California. (Happily, thanks to a successful court challenge, Prop. 8 is no more.) Activists immediately raised concerns about Eich, and he and the company responded by asserting that Mozilla’s LGBT-friendly policies would not change, but Eich did not address the donation directly or say whether his views on marriage equality had changed. The backlash grew, with more than 65,000 people signing a petition calling on Eich to renounce his donation or resign. Plus, OkCupid made the bold move of intercepting anyone visiting the popular dating site while using Firefox with a letter warning that Eich "is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software." Then suddenly, less than two weeks after being named CEO of the tech company he cofounded, Brendan Eich stepped down from his role with Mozilla. Mozilla confirmed the news in a blog post on April 3.