Selling out LGBTQ rights while cashing in on LGBTQ consumers

Selling out LGBTQ rights while cashing in on LGBTQ consumers

While the Walmart 1% sells out LGBTQ rights, Walmart cashes in on sales of books and films that are sympathetic to the LGBTQ community and/or aimed at LGBTQ consumers. For Pride month, we thought it might be fun to take note of some of the LGBTQ-oriented products available to Walmart’s online shoppers.

Born This Way Cover The 3rd highest recipient of political contributions from the Walton family is former Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey. He once told Spy magazine “You know, we have a whole lot of dirt roads and gravel roads here in Arkansas. And you don’t find a whole lot of tolerance for homosexuals on dirt roads.” While funding intolerant politicians like Dickey, Walmart is happy to sell you Lady Gaga’s human rights anthem Born This Way, featuring the lyric: “No matter gay, straight, or bi / lesbian, transgendered life / I’m on the right track baby / I was born to survive.”
Gay Republicans Cover The largest recipient of Walton family campaign funds is Arkansas Rep. John Boozman, who supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. We can’t find any films about John Boozman for sale at Walmart, but the company would be happy to sell you this sympathetic documentary about Gay Republicans.
Lesbian Couples Cover Walmart does not provide partner medical benefits for employees in same-sex relationships but it’s happy to sell Lesbian Couples, a “guide to creating healthy relationships.” (We guess lesbian couples don’t need health insurance to have a healthy relationship). [1]
The Complete Guide In a same-sex relationship and thinking about tying the knot? Walmart would be happy to sell you The Complete Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings. But Jim Walton, Walmart board member and son of Sam Walton, has contributed $75,000 to the Arkansas Family Council Action Committee, an organization dedicated to supporting the state’s ban on gay marriage and prohibiting same-sex couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

Next, we’ll dig deeper and showcase the profiles of two anti-gay “leaders” heavily supported by the Walmart 1 Percent.

[1] For information on Walmart’s failure to provide benefit parity to same-sex couples see the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2012, p. 65-67. Available at http://issuu.com/humanrightscampaign/docs/corporateequalityindex_2012

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