I'm a sixth-generation Iowan, a Green Bay Packers fan, an Eagle Scout, an outspoken advocate for marriage equality and a commentator on youth and LGBT issues. Most recently, I'm a co-founder of Scouts for Equality. Since a video of my testimony about my family before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee became YouTube's number one political video of 2011, I've continued to share my story and advocate for full equality under the law. I've appeared on The Daily Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell and other media outlets. I'm also the author of the national bestseller My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family. I live in Iowa City, Iowa.
NFL: reschedule the two games that overlap with the United States Presidential Debates.
On July 30, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump complained that the Commission on Presidential Debates had scheduled two debates that would overlap with primetime NFL games. Mr. Trump worries that those games might draw down viewership of the Presidential Debates and accused the Commission of being "rigged" in favor of his opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton. I am a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and watch football every weekend it's on. But the reality is that Presidential Debates only happen once every four years, and they play a critical role in our nation's democracy. As both a football fan and an American, I'm calling on the NFL to reschedule the two overlapping games: The Saints vs the Falcons on Monday Night Football on September 26 The Panthers vs the Buccanneers on Sunday night Football on October 9 It should be noted that three of the four teams are based in cities that are in battleground states. The Falcons are based in Atlanta, Georiga. The Panthers are based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Buccanneers are based in Tampa Bay, Florida. All three states are going to be pivotal battleground states in November. This presidential election is like no other, and its importance is paramount. I hope you'll join me in calling on the NFL to make sure that as many people as possible are able to watch the Presidential Debates and do not feel split between cheering for their favorite team and participating in our democracy. Let's make sure as many people as possible are watching for the one-on-one debates between Donald Trump and Secretary Clinton. Thank you.
UPS: Pull your donations until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy
On their website, UPS touts their 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Now, Scouts and Scout leaders across the country urge UPS to act on that rating and help end the BSA's anti-gay policy. In 2010, UPS gave more than $150,000 to the Boy Scouts of America, despite the organization's policy banning gay Scouts and leaders from participating. As an Eagle Scout, I applaud UPS' long history of support for the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA has historically been a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation's future leaders. But on July 17, 2012, the BSA reaffirmed their discriminatory policy, stating in part: "…we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals…" And because of this policy, inspirational Scouts and Scout leaders -- Like Ohio Den Mother Jennifer Tyrrell and Kentucky Scoutmaster Greg Bourke -- continue to be fired from the Boy Scouts, just because they are gay.When asked by a reporter at The American Independent if UPS will continue to donate now that Boy Scouts of America have reaffirmed their policy, UPS spokesperson Kristen Petrella said "This decision has not and will not impact The UPS Foundation’s decision to provide funding to BSA although we evaluate each funding request on an individual basis."That position is inconsistent with how UPS views workplace equality and it is inconsistent with the Scout Law, which demands bravery, loyalty and kindness.Until the Boy Scouts of America ends this hurtful policy, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality. Intel Corporation, the Boy Scouts' largest corporate donor, according to The American Independent, recently announced that they would discontinue funding the Boy Scouts after more than 30,000 Americans joined Scouts for Equality's petition campaign. Now it's time for UPS to do the same.UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez should know all too well how senseless and out-of-touch the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy is. Mr. Martinez serves as Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is a board member for The Metro Atlanta YMCA. Both of these organizations welcome and benefit from embracing gay youth and leaders in their programming.UPS' own website states "In today’s world, we understand that diversity encompasses more than race and gender. It extends to the full myriad of issues ranging from ethnicity to sexual orientation to physical ability. Inclusiveness, respect and cooperation are core values that help drive the way we do business with our customers and suppliers - and strengthen our bonds with a multi-cultural community of friends and neighbors." We urge UPS to truly live by these words and use their influence to help end the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy.Please join Scouts for Equality in calling on UPS to pull its contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until the Boy Scouts pull their discriminatory policy === NOTE: We encourage everyone to join this campaign, but if you're a current or former UPS employee, or involved in Scouting, please say so in the "Why People Are Signing" section. Thanks!
Intel Corporation: Pull your financial support until the Boy Scouts pull their anti-gay policy
On Intel's website, the company proudly displays a banner highlighting their 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. Now, Scouts and Scout leaders across the country urge Intel to act on that rating and help end the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy. In 2010, Intel gave nearly $700,000 to the Boy Scouts of America, despite the organization's policy banning gay Scouts and leaders from participating. (1) This is in direct conflict with Intel Foundation's own funding criteria, which stipulates that Intel will not fund "Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or disability status." As an Eagle Scout, I applaud Intel's support for the Boy Scouts of America as a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation's future leaders. But on July 17, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their discriminatory policy, stating in part: "…we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals…" Until the Boy Scouts of America removes this hurtful policy that is inconsistent with its own principles, they do not deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality -- especially innovators like Intel. Intel's own Director of Diversity, Rosalind Hudnell, has said "Driving diversity isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. We are trying to do inside of our walls what society is still trying to do outside of our walls." This is an incredible testament to both Intel's innovation and its ability to do not just what is popular, but what is right. We urge Intel to truly live by these words and use their influence to help end the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy. Please join Scouts for Equality in calling on Intel to pull its contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until the Boy Scouts pull their discriminatory policy.============ 1) http://americanindependent.com/217335/corporations-giving-big-money-to-boy-scouts-despite-anti-gay-policy