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  •  You know, I bet they do care (3+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar, blueoasis, aliasalias

    I guarantee you that if it was just "[t]he queers of SF" (and really Scott, was that necessary?) nobody would care. But there is a reason that big businesses like Wells Fargo and Bank of America want to be seen associated with this: money, and lots of it.

    They are not supporters. The could care less about that. They are advertisers. Supporting such things is an advertising buy for them. But why would they want to buy (what they perceive as) negative advertising? They surely saw the association of Manning with this as a roadblock to that money. That's the way they roll.

    What you might call your core of support has to begin by coalescing somewhere, and this would have been a good start. Or, not "start" exactly, because a lot of people obviously already understand. But certainly a good show of support, in an arena that is (finally!) rapidly becoming mainstream, would have been a strong symbol. Like when Biden, and then Obama, finally spoke up. To be sure, this wouldn't have been as powerful as that was, but it would have been a notable step towards raising visibility of what is happening to Manning.

    But no. Sponsors see a roadblock, parade folds, hmmm. Is there a connection? Who guides SF Pride, and how driven are they by advertising dollars? What are their values? How soon till this is just the Macy's Thanksgiving parade?

    •  you're taking it as a article of faith (1+ / 0-)
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      jpmassar

      the rescinded invite was done at the behest of corporate sponsors.

      Which of course is speculation, assumption, whatever.

      I watched LGBT military groups launch loud, angry protest campaigns at SF pride. So I know it wasn't only corporate sponsors that were displeased, but a significant number of LGBT people.

      So, I don't suppose anyone can say with certainty who SF pride was attempting to placate.

      If it was our LGBT servicemembers and veterans, then I think they made the right decision.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."
      —Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:51:27 AM PDT

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