On Sunday, the anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) noted that The Home Depot now has a link to Out & Equal Workplace Advocates on their website. The link appears on the company’s CareerDepot page and Out & Equal is listed along with a wide range of diversity groups, such as the NAACP, the Urban League, the National Hispanic and Pan Asian Chambers of Commerce, and many more. The AFA used the inclusion of Out & Equal to renew their calls for a boycott of the home improvement corporation. They had previously targeted The Home Depot because of their support for LGBT pride celebrations and LGBT groups, such as GLAAD and GLSEN.
At Out & Equal, we want to say thank you to the Home Depot for continuing to stand proudly on the side of diversity. Sadly, work for full inclusion of all people, and the elimination of prejudice in the workplace, still draws fire from extremist groups like the AFA. The AFA’s criticism of the company reminds us that it takes courage and commitment for businesses to do what is right.
But as Home Depot knows—and demonstrates on their web page—diverse companies are strong companies. Out & Equal is proud to be included on their listing of diversity organizations and to stand by Home Depot and the many other companies who affirm the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.
The AFA encourages people to call The Home Depot at 1-800-466-3337 to say that they are boycotting the stores; instead, feel free to call them and let them know how much you appreciate their support for LGBT people.
You can read more about the American Family Association in 18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda, by Evelyn Schlatter, in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report (Winter 2010, Issue Number: 140).