UPDATE: The Calendar is no longer available on Barnes & Noble's website, and a spokesperson for the company told us it has never been available in stores.
Amazon.com is selling a calendar by self-proclaimed "Christian Cartoonist" Joe King called, "I'm Not Gay, I'm Just A Sissy; 12 Months of Sexual Confusion."
King’s cartoons employ outdated and highly-offensive stereotypes about LGBT people, and more specifically, gay men and transgender women. The LGBT community has expressed its outrage, and King has responded on his Facebook page – with the use of even more dehumanizing and insulting comments against the transgender community, the gay community, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
This product contributes to the stereotypes used to stifle progress toward equality.
Let Amazon know that their support for this calendar, by featuring it for sale in their stores, is demeaning to their customers and unacceptable.
An e-mail form is below. If you want to call, you can reach these companies at the following numbers:
Amazon.com Corporate Offices: (206) 622-2335 (CEO Jeff Bezos)
Amazon.com Public Relations: (206) 266-7180
Amazon.com Customer Service: (206) 266-2335
King's cartoons employ outdated, highly-offensive stereotypes about LGBT people, and more specifically, gay men and transgender women. Speaking about the controversy on his Facebook page, King has now made further offensive comments about the gay community, the transgender community, and HIV/AIDS.
This product is extremely offensive to a large number of your customers, and by deciding to feature it in your stores, you're not only offending those customers, you're lending your support to these anti-LGBT messages.
Please pull this product from your stores, and let your customers who support the LGBT community know that you stand with them and that you do not support dangerous and dehumanizing anti-LGBT stereotypes.