Target and Best Buy have donated over $250,000 to a political committee supporting a rabidly anti-equality candidate for Governor of Minnesota, where both are headquartered – a man with ties to a Christian rock band that advocates violence and death to gays.
The news is all the more shocking because both of these companies have long records of providing fair and equitable workplaces for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
We've drafted an open letter calling on Target and Best Buy to make it right by donating an equal amount to support fair-minded candidates who will fight for equality. We're publishing it in a full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Will you help us ratchet up the pressure by adding your name?
After you do, we encourage you to print out the letter below (feel free to add your own story or comments), and deliver it in person to the managers of your local Target and Best Buy. Be sure to tell them how their company's actions will affect your life or your friends and family.
- Senior Vice President
- Director, Corporate PR
- Chairman, President and CEO
- CEO Assistant
Brian J. Dunn
- Senior VP, Public Affairs
When lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender consumers – not to mention our millions of supportive friends and family members – used to think about Target and Best Buy, we saw two shining examples of corporations that respected the equality and dignity of every American.
Now, Americans are questioning their loyalty to your brands with word of significant contributions to the political committee MN Forward that hopes to install one of the most strident opponents of equality in the Minnesota Governor's mansion. The long-term effects on families that shop at Target and Best Buy throughout Minnesota and the U.S. will be devastating.
It's time to make things right. The very least you can do to begin rebuilding your image among fair-minded consumers is to make equivalent donations to groups that support candidates who will put all Minnesota families first and fulfill the promises of our highest ideals.
We're watching and we're waiting.
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