Target: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com
Goal: Halt support for the openly homophobic Boy Scouts of America organization
Time and again, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has show that it is committed to outdated homophobic practices. Although in mid April of 2014, the Boy Scouts officially agreed to permit gay scouts to participate in the organization, it has maintained that gay men are not to serve as leaders or adult volunteers. The BSA statement was officially that they felt that allowing gay leaders would allow them to “engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the missions of the BSA.” This statement is telling because it assumes that the private romantic lives of leaders are a threat to the regular functioning of the BSA.
Amazon.com serves as a lucrative platform for the BSA. The BSA depends on the support of American businesses to promote the organization. If Amazon refuses to cooperate with an openly bigoted organization, it can pressure the BSA into ending its homophobic practices and into finally allowing gay leaders to work within the community.
Please sign the petition below and urge Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, to end financial ties with Boy Scouts of America until the organization rids itself of its homophobic rules against gay leaders.
Dear Mr. Bezos,
Amazon is a powerful company that is associated with dozens of reputable businesses, but one of the most important things about Amazon is that it does not discriminate against its employees. Consumers have come to associate Amazon as a thoughtful, progressive business, and that’s why it’s important that Amazon associate itself with other inclusive organizations.
Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts of America has shown itself to be a homophobic organization that bullies gay leaders into hiding their sexual orientation lest they be ousted from the BSA altogether. The Boy Scouts of America depends on its partnership with Amazon for money and general public support. Amazon has the power to bring the BSA into the 21st century by refusing to continue a partnership with them unless the BSA ends all homophobic policies.
We urge you to side against the Boy Scouts of America and against homophobia as quickly as possible. Gay men and youth everywhere depend on someone siding with them against these bigoted policies, and we hope that you will be the support they’re looking for in this case.
[Your Name Here]
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