How Honey Maid responded to critics of its ad depicting gay and interracial families

Online dating site OkCupid took a strong stand against Mozilla on Monday, blocking the browser in opposition to new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s support of Proposition 8, the California measure that had banned gay marriage in the state.

Online dating site OkCupid took a strong stand against Mozilla on Monday, blocking the browser in opposition to new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s support of Proposition 8, the California measure that had banned gay marriage in the state.

The NBA is selling Jason Collins jerseys after the Brooklyn Nets player became the first openly gay athlete in any major American team sport. Although Collins only signed a 10-day contract, the NBA decided to sell the jerseys after receiving an “unprecedented” demand from fans.

The NBA is selling Jason Collins jerseys after the Brooklyn Nets player became the first openly gay athlete in any major American team sport. Although Collins only signed a 10-day contract, the NBA decided to sell the jerseys after receiving an “unprecedented” demand from fans.

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Banana Republic’s Real-Life Unions

Banana Republic has launched a campaign featuring real-life couples, including well-known interior designer Nate Berkus and his fiancé, Jeremiah Brent. “Showcasing true relationships can resonate more deeply,” explained Banana Republic global CMO Catherine Sadler, and including a same-sex couple reflects “values of diversity and inclusion we’ve shared since our early days.” Read more.

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Banana Republic’s Real-Life Unions

Banana Republic has launched a campaign featuring real-life couples, including well-known interior designer Nate Berkus and his fiancé, Jeremiah Brent. “Showcasing true relationships can resonate more deeply,” explained Banana Republic global CMO Catherine Sadler, and including a same-sex couple reflects “values of diversity and inclusion we’ve shared since our early days.” Read more.

College football star Michael Sam came out as gay. He could become the first openly gay NFL player.

Google unveiled a Google Doodle design supporting gay rights on Thursday night. The homepage featured six athletes across a rainbow banner. It also quoted from an Olympic charter passage about individuals being able to compete “without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.” 
The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are scheduled for Friday. Gay rights in the country have become a media focal point in the months before the Games due to its laws against gay “propaganda.”
In response to worldwide protests supporting gay rights earlier this week, a number of major Olympic sponsors released statements supporting diversity and the right of all athletes to participate, but none took on the Russian policies directly.

Google unveiled a Google Doodle design supporting gay rights on Thursday night. The homepage featured six athletes across a rainbow banner. It also quoted from an Olympic charter passage about individuals being able to compete “without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.”

The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are scheduled for Friday. Gay rights in the country have become a media focal point in the months before the Games due to its laws against gay “propaganda.”

In response to worldwide protests supporting gay rights earlier this week, a number of major Olympic sponsors released statements supporting diversity and the right of all athletes to participate, but none took on the Russian policies directly.

Yesterday Coca-Cola became the first brand to show a gay family in a Super Bowl ad. The spot depicted a number of diverse people while the song “America the beautiful” played in the background. The hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful started trending on Twitter shortly after the commercial aired.

Gay rights organization GLAAD praised the ad, but Coca-Cola has also been criticized for sponsoring the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi because of Russia’s anti-homosexual law.

Stoli Group USA has pledged $300,000 over the next three years in support of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Leadership LAB program. John Esposito, president of the company, penned an op-ed for The Advocate to explain the donation. He also pointed out that the Stolichnaya vodka sold outside Russia “is in no way affiliated with the Russian government.” 
Last summer, Stolichnaya faced a boycott from gay bars and other LGBT establishments in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws. Columnist Dan Savage encouraged consumers to protest Russia’s policies and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, by using the #DumpStoli hashtag on Twitter. 
Stoli Group USA recently hired GolinHarris as its agency of record.

Stoli Group USA has pledged $300,000 over the next three years in support of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Leadership LAB program. John Esposito, president of the company, penned an op-ed for The Advocate to explain the donation. He also pointed out that the Stolichnaya vodka sold outside Russia “is in no way affiliated with the Russian government.”

Last summer, Stolichnaya faced a boycott from gay bars and other LGBT establishments in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws. Columnist Dan Savage encouraged consumers to protest Russia’s policies and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, by using the #DumpStoli hashtag on Twitter.

Stoli Group USA recently hired GolinHarris as its agency of record.


Some LGBT groups are calling for a boycott of Barilla pasta after chairman Guido Barilla said he would never feature gay families in the company’s advertising.

“Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role,” Barilla said in an interview with Italian station Radio 24 on Wednesday.

The company later apologized via social media [above], while Barilla said he was sorry “if my words generated misunderstandings or controversy or if they hurt some people’s feelings.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg led 700 employees during San Francisco’s Pride parade yesterday. Facebook and Google’s presence at this year’s Pride reflects a larger push by Silicon Valley to champion gay rights, according to Wall Street Journal tech blog Digits.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg led 700 employees during San Francisco’s Pride parade yesterday. Facebook and Google’s presence at this year’s Pride reflects a larger push by Silicon Valley to champion gay rights, according to Wall Street Journal tech blog Digits.