Tell TOMS To Cut Ties with Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice, Anti-Woman Group
  • Petitioned TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie

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TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie

Tell TOMS To Cut Ties with Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice, Anti-Woman Group

    1. Petition by

      Ms. Magazine

July 2011


Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, has issued an exclusive statement to in response to an embarrassing controversy linking the popular urban apparel company to anti-gay, anti-choice group “Focus on the Family.”

After Christianity Today reported that Mycoskie was apparently developing a relationship with Focus on the Family, the news infuriated people who were hoping to do good with their TOMS purchase, through the company’s shoe giving program in developing countries. Across Facebook and Twitter on Friday, gay, lesbian, and allied customers expressed outrage that TOMS would associate itself with an anti-gay, anti-choice group. Ms. Magazine started a petition on that quickly received more than 400 signatures in just a few hours asking TOMS to drop their relationship with Focus on the Family.

Today, Mycoskie issued the following statement to, expressing “regret” for Mycoskie’s speaking appearance at a Focus on the Family event on June 30, claiming that the religious group had misrepresented its relationship with TOMS as a “giving partner” in its shoe program:

Had I known the full extent of Focus on the Family's beliefs, I would not have accepted the invitation to speak at their event. It was an oversight on my part and the company's part and one we regret. In the last 18 months we have presented at over 70 different engagements and we do our best to make sure we choose our engagements wisely, on this one we chose poorly.

Furthermore, contrary to what has been reported, Focus on the Family is not a TOMS giving partner.

So there is no misunderstanding created by this mistake, let me clearly state that both TOMS, and I as the founder, are passionate believers in equal human and civil rights for all. That belief is a core value of the company and of which we are most proud.

Read more:

TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie has begun working closely with the notorious extreme right-wing, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-woman fundamentalist Christian group Focus on the Family.

He recently appeared at a Focus on the Family event where he discussed "faith in action" with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly. Focus On The Family is in the process of becoming a TOMS international distributor in Africa.

The TOMS "One for One" movement, which matches every pair of shoes sold with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need, has become extremely popular with consumers who appreciate the philanthropic benefits of buying TOMS.

This affiliation with a group founded on anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-choice principles tarnishes the company's reputation as a force for good. What's more, TOMS affiliation with this extreme right-wing group serves to legitimize the fringe organization.

Recent signatures


    1. TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie apologizes!

      Great news, in less than 24 hours, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie has issued a "sincere apology" for appearing at a FOTF event, and has asserted that there is no formal affiliation or partnership between the two entities.

    2. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Colleen Moore DECORAH, IA
      • over 3 years ago

      I was getting ready to order myself and my daughter our second pairs of TOMS shoes, but I cannot, in good conscience, do so given this information.

    • Marina Kokorovic SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Horrible. I was considering buying Toms, but now I know I won't.

    • Tanya Kerssen OAKLAND, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This affiliation is a serious threat to your brand's association with 'progressive' values. You should consider what a national boycott of Toms shoes by progressives would do to your bottom line.

    • Nellie Clark GULF BREEZE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Focus on the Family is a shameful fringe group of Christian supremacists who thrive on an agenda of discrimination against anyone not of their extreme right-wing, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-woman fundamentalist cult. I find their "control" issues disgusting. I will never buy TOMS Shoes again unless I have been assured that my purchase will not support the smug devils who call themselves "Focus on the Family," (as if people who are not part of their political/religious cult are not fucused on family!)

    • Jason Frizzell SYLVA, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      It saddens me to see this organization, that started out as a forward thinking body with a mind set on changing the world and assisting with giving children footwear, would take two steps back by associating with an organization that focuses on trying to dilute and mislead confused people into a form of Christianity that is mislead. God loves everyone and he created us all equal. God would not create something he deemed sinful and wrong. We all have the same blood running through us...we are all Human!


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