Gay and lesbian advocacy group asks Microsoft to give back award; some call for switch to Macs

“A gay and lesbian advocacy group that gave Microsoft Corp. a civil rights award four years ago has asked the software giant to give it back, blasting the company for withdrawing its support of a bill that would have outlawed discrimination against gays and lesbians in Washington,” Elizabeth M. Gillespie writes for The Associated Press.

“‘Because of Microsoft’s apparent capitulation to the demands of anti-gay extremists and withdrawal of support for a bill that would do nothing more than protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination, we believe it’s no longer worthy of our highest corporate honor,’ Darrel Cummings, chief of staff for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, said in a statement released Friday,” Gillespie writes.

“Because Microsoft had supported versions of the bill in years past, gay rights activists suggested the company had caved to the religious right,” Gillespie writes. “Liberal blogs have lit up with scathing comments and rallying cries to buy machines from Microsoft rival Apple Computer Inc., to quit using Microsoft Internet Explorer to browse the Web, and to close Microsoft Hotmail e-mail accounts.”

Full article here.

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129 Comments

  1. Hello? Where’s the peanut gallery? No one wants to touch this story huh?

    Ok. I’ll write a thoughtful commentary here.

    Microsoft doesn’t want to support gays and lesbians?

    So?

    As leader of the Anti-Cranberry Liberation Front, I am also boycotting Microsoft. They refuse to serve smooth cranberry sauce in the company cafeteria.

    Gays and lesbians upset with Microsoft. Give me a break.

    Next story.

  2. Wow – there are so many angles on this one. MS pulling support for that bill looks shitty, but it’s not like they put their chips into the “defeat” side either. Then again, anybody NOT supporting a bill that does nothing more than guarantee equality, or pulling support form said bill, is pretty terrible.

    Maybe they weren’t sure they could afford the money to support it?!?

    lol hahahahaha

    Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers!

    Whatever. Boycotts don’t work … find something constructive…

  3. Hmm, so I guess it’s okay now to discriminate against gays? So that means it’s okay to discriminate against Jews too, right? Would it be okay for Microsoft to withdraw support for a bill banning discrimination against Jews? How about discrimination against people with green eyes, is that okay too? How about we just eliminate everyone who is different, then everyone will be happy. That worked out well in Germany.

    I can’t believe garbage like this. In 50 years people are going to look back and say, “Wow, I can’t believe we treated gays this way, what were we thinking?” Just like today we view segregation of blacks as completely ridiculous.

    Humanity needs to wake up.

  4. Well apparently there are a lot of straight and clueless posters here who have no idea and don’t give a sh%t about civil rights of gays and lesbians…

    Nor do they have any social responsibility or concern about corporate behaviours that influence law makers…

  5. Apple has historically been a very good company for the gay/lesbian community. They have a strong history of supporting equality for all people. Microsoft apparently pulled their support of the bill after being threatened with a boycott (Yes, they DO work) by a very large fundamentalist Christian church. I think the larger message here is that while Apple has made some very strong stands for the GLBT community as an employer, MS seems to have no qualms about doing a 180 on their previous statements on equality just so that they avert some threat (idle or not) from an ultra-conservative religious faction. If they’d done any thinking at all, MS would’ve realized that if those people threatening a boycott actually followed through, they’d have nowhere to go. Almost any other major purveyor of hardware and software has strong statements against discrimination against GLBT people. For MS, they managed to turn a win-win situation into a “we’re a bunch of spineless idiots” situation.

    Ah, capitalism and democracy. It works for the people with the most votes, I guess. (And yes, I do mean to imply that some of us who use Macs in a Windoze-centric world are shunned in much the same way that some gays are. People dismiss anything that’s different as bad.)

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