Praise UPS for Standing Against Homophobia

Target: Scott Davis, CEO and Chairman of UPS

Goal: Thank the company for standing up for gay rights

The venerated Boy Scouts of America have recently been drawing a large amount of well-deserved ire and criticism for their discriminatory policies regarding gay Scouts and homosexuality in general. The controversy has been well publicized; Scout leaders have been removed, Scouts have been denied promotions, and many Eagle Scouts have even sent back their hard earned medals in protest.

Most recently, it has been the Boy Scouts’ corporate sponsors that have stood up to the institution’s bigotry. Shipping titan UPS recently cut off its charitable contributions to the program (partially in reaction to a public outcry), explicitly citing the Boy Scouts’ homophobic stance as the reason. UPS gave in excess of $85,000 to the organization in 2011, but has said that the Boy Scouts will not see any more money until they end the discrimination endemic to the group. UPS has gone on to say that any other organization seeking a charitable grant from the company will be subject to the same standards of inclusion and equality.

Every year UPS donates millions of dollars to charitable organizations; this year they can know that none of that money will fund exclusion and hate. UPS is helping to foster open-mindedness, rationality, equality, and compassion, rather than the antiquated and backwards beliefs currently being espoused by the Boy Scouts of America. Sign the petition to thank the company for their values.


Dear Mr. Davis,

You recently made the decision to cease UPS’ charitable funding of the Boy Scouts of America. In the past, you had donated a sizable anual sum to them. Normally a corporation cutting off its funding to a non-profit would be quite a sad thing; this time however, is different.

Your reason for no longer funding the Boy Scouts is not out of greed or stinginess, but out of a sense of humanitarianism. Like so many others, including many Scouts themselves, your company could no longer condone the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory practices towards gay members and the gay community. You did what any responsible person would do—you cut your losses and stopped funding ignorance.

These actions have helped to move us forward as a country, and as a people. We can no longer be victims of the backwards mindset that the Boy Scouts are trying to perpetuate right now. Every day more people understand that, yet they are not in the position of power that you are. You used that power; taking away your funding shows the Boy Scouts and the world that hate and prejudice are not something that Americans will condone.

With your seemingly simple action you have made an everlasting contribution to the ongoing fight for civil rights. Thank you very much.


[Your Name Here]

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