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The pro-hate vote in North Carolina is despicable, a throwback to the evil days of the past when "state's rights" was used to support every form of bigotry, ignorance and hatred that came down the pike.

Don't get sad. Get angry. So now, fight back. Hit them where it counts. In the wallet.

And it can easily be done.

Boycotts by African Americans in the 1960s were integral in the success of the civil rights movement. And don't think the same can't apply to LGBT.

A few statistics from the Annual Gay and Lesbian Tourism Study compiled by Community Marketing, Inc:

•    For gay men and women, the average household income is $81,500 per year, almost 80% above the average U.S. household income of $46,326.

•    40% of gay men reported household incomes in excess of $100,000 per year. 36% of lesbians reported household incomes in excess of $100,000 per year.

•    Gay men and lesbians with household incomes of $250,000+ travel more, spend more and cruise more than other gays and lesbians and indicate they prefer places that are restful, luxury oriented, and either mostly LGBT or exclusively gay.

•    Over 55% of gay men and 65% of lesbians are partnered or live with a significant other.

Because of that money, travel is huge among LGBT:
•    83% of U.S. lesbian and gay men have a current passport, compared to 34% of all adult US citizens.

•    85% of lesbians and gay men are more likely to purchase products and services from companies that advertise in the LGBT Media.

•    81% of gay travellers purchased an airline ticket online.

•    77% of gay travellers purchase their accommodations online.

•    Gay men and lesbians travel more widely than their mainstream counterparts both domestically and internationally and those with higher incomes travel even more frequently, especially for leisure purposes.

North Carolina's travel and tourism industry collected almost $11.9 billion: $11.4 billion from domestic travelers and $472.4 million from international. No one book to go there. Notify the North Carolina Travel Industry Association that you are organizing a boycott of all North Carolina travel by everyone you know. Here is their contact info:
North Carolina Travel Industry Association
1800 Camden Road, Suite 107, #213
Charlotte, NC 28203
tel: 704-333-3234
fax: 704-333-6927
email: staff@themanagementoffice.com
The most important business related to NC travel is the wine industry. In fact, they help put together all stats for NC travel. From NC Department of Commerce Tourism Division:
Calculating the economic impact of visitors to North Carolina, the state's wine and grape industry and other travel industry sectors helps policy makers make strategic decisions about the long term health of tourism, assess capital investment and gauge the amount of government support
.

Also, stop purchasing any wines that are connected to NC. Here is a link to provide you with a list of all NC wineries. There are too many to list here. Notify them that you will not purchase their products, visit NC, or participate in their winery tours. Whether you have made such purchases in the past is not relevant. They will know that bad word of mouth is terrible. The full financial impact each year of wineries on the NC economy is $1.8 billion.

The following businesses as based in NC, and should be boycotted:

Ameritrust
Bank of America
Belk
"Coastal Federal Credit Union
Coventor
Dex Media, Inc.
Duke Energy
Family Dollar Stores
Goodrich Corporation
Lowe's
Nortel Networks
"Open Software Solutions Inc. (OSSI)
Reynolds American Inc.
Sealy (mattresses)
 

SEALY CORPORATION
 ONE OFFICE PARKWAY
Trinity NC  27370
Jenny.sherman@mslgroup.com (head of corporate communiocations)
Wachovia Bank

VF Corporation (maker of Lee Jeans, Nautica, North Face, Wrangler, Timberland and many other clothes.)

VF Corporation World Headquarters
105 Corporate Center Blvd.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27408
Phone:  (336) 424-6000
corporate_communications@vfc.com
These are just a few. I started putting all contact info in, and I will continue to do so if necessary, but I realized this is going to take me a long time, and I have to help my son study for a test. So, if you need it, let me know and I will post all contact info tomorrow. Otherwise, find it, email, call, etc.

Please note, it does not matter what their position is on this issue. Their state has shown itself as hateful, and they have to know that they will pay a price.

Don't just sit on the couch. Get angry. Email all of these organizations and let them know that NC has only begun to see the consequences of its residents' hatred.

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Will you help let North Carolinians know there is a price for hatred by boycotting these and telling each one?

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  •  Replacements Ltd. (5+ / 0-)

    One of the largest gay owned businesses in the United States is here in North Carolina. Replacements Ltd. helped us in the fight against Amendment One. You can not tar the entire state with the actions of some. You will be hurting the gay community in this state. You would be better off getting us the funds to get this over turned then going after everyone and hurting the large progressive community who worked their hearts out trying to get this defeated. And oh BTW where were you when we were trying to get the funds to defeat Amendment One?

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:06:01 PM PDT

    •  giving money. $1,500. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      The Nephew, We Won
    •  and btw...that was the argument in selma... (0+ / 0-)

      that if you boycott businesses, you would hurt the african american community.

      haters only understand consequences. yes, it might be painful for all. but if we are not willing to all sacrifice -- money, effort, and even hurt ourselves -- for victory. otherwise, you are reduced to arguing rights versus Jesus. And rights never win with the Jesus crowd.

      •  This may be a stupid question (1+ / 0-)
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        cameoanne

        but is there any reason why the constitutionality of this amendment cannot be questioned (which I think was the case in California)?

        I'm in Canada so I'm not totally familiar with your laws.

        •  anything can be questioned... (0+ / 0-)

          but it doesn't mean it will be overturned.

          the point here is that this kind of hatred cannot be tolerated, and people who vote for it have to feel the consequences.

          hatred should beget anger and pushback, not "let's persuade gently and hope the courts will be nice to us."

          •  Hatred? (1+ / 0-)
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            cameoanne

            Just like the HATRED you are showing everyone in North Carolina including the gays and the people who fought against this amendment. You don't give a damn who gets hurt. Hurt innocent people to make your political point.

            "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

            by michelewln on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:36:35 PM PDT

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        •  That Is What We Are Working On Now (1+ / 0-)
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          cameoanne

          Some of us are working right now to get this to the courts as fast as we can. Even the people who wrote this law think that we are going to get this overturned because it is unconstitutional.

          "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

          by michelewln on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:34:38 PM PDT

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      •  We Were Winning (6+ / 0-)

        where the business are. We got creamed in the rural areas. You hurt the businesses and it will NOT hurt the rural voters. They are isolated and not affected by the boycotts. You are only hurting the people that tried to defeat this amendment. It would be better to try and get the funds so that we can get this overturned in the courts. You are going after the wrong people. You want to hurt everyone to go after some people who don't give a damn. And that makes you better how? Your attitude is the same as the "Jesus people" screw everyone in North Carolina whether they fought against this or not. Theirs is screw all gays. Same thing!

        "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

        by michelewln on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:18:04 PM PDT

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  •  I'm boycotting myself! (5+ / 0-)

    I'm going to stop brushing my teeth and everything just because people in my state are bigots!  I will also clutch my pearls!

    Veritas Omnia Vincit

    by The Nephew on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:18:40 PM PDT

  •  Hard to boycott (6+ / 0-)

    Duke Energy when it's the only source of electricity in your neighborhood. And it's my understanding that the CEO spoke out against this abomination.

    Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor is the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. -- Blaise Pascal

    by Mnemosyne on Tue May 08, 2012 at 08:32:07 PM PDT

  •  Butterball Turkeys, also. (0+ / 0-)

    And don't forget NASCAR.

    I'm having trouble finding a clear list of North Carolina based companies. I'll try some more google-fu.

    "I read this- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of $#!^ I'm never reading again!"-Officer Barbrady

    by Broke And Unemployed on Tue May 08, 2012 at 09:29:59 PM PDT

  •  Boycott is not the answer (1+ / 0-)
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    UnionMade

    I understand the frustration, I understand the disappointment. But Boycott is not the answer. Most of the companies mentioned are progressive and many of their CEOs strongly came out against this amendment.
    Carolina voted FOR Obama, Carolina has a Democratic Governor. The area where many of these businesses are located (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte) voted overwhelmingly against this Amendment.
    I live in NC and what we need to do is work twice as hard for two main reasons:
    1. Deliver NC to Obama again in November
    2. Make sure we keep a Blue Governor in NC in November.

    If we fail to deliver 2., NC will become like South Carolina. If it wasn't for Governor Perdue vetoes this year, NC would passed all kinds of laws this year.

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