Thứ Ba, 17 tháng 1, 2017

Fabulousness and unfabulousness

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Yesterday, Starbucks unveiled its new logo, as seen on the cup on the right of this photo. Previous logos are on the cups to the left of it. Most notably, the new logo doesn't contain the word "coffee" or even the name "Starbucks."

According to this Wall Street Journal article, the new logo reflects the company's new emphasis on selling Starbucks-brand products in supermarkets and other channels beyond its retail stores.

Social Networking Site for Gay Soldiers Launches

Just a few weeks after President Obama signed the bill repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a social networking site for gay soldiers has popped up on the Internet. According to John McKinnon, the site's creator, many people have joined the network after seeing an ad on Facebook.

Allstate Launches Groundbreaking LGBT Campaign

Today is a very special day. Over the past 18 months at Leo Burnett, I’ve been working hard with some colleagues to build a dedicated LGBT advertising capability within our company. Our biggest and best work yet launched today: an online/social media campaign for Allstate called “Equality Is.” The campaign gives a platform for people to speak out for or share their vision of what LGBT equality looks like. Within a few hours of going live, we’re already seeing amazing content coming in from all sorts of people all over the country. Anyone can submit content by going to to share a quote, a photo, or a video clip. You can also find your local LGBT-friendly Allstate agent through the site. And there’s a special incentive for California residents: Allstate will donate $10 to the San Francisco LGBT Center or the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center for every person who calls up and gets a free quote.

I've become quite disappointed with the media in the way they continue to cover the marriage equality issue in this country. First, they keep asking the question, "Do you support same-sex marriage," and when you really think about it, that's the wrong question. What you personally support, based on your religion or whatever else makes up your personal viewpoint, is a different issue than what rights you believe citizens in a free society should have access to. In 1966, about nine in ten people didn't "support" interracial marriage. But on June 12, 1967, The Supreme Court made it clear that "The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men."

Marriage: Why the Media Matters

Secondly, I'm angry that the media isn't doing a better job calling those opposed to marriage equality out on their talking points. They keep saying "I'm not anti-gay, I'm pro-marriage." Well guess what, when you impose your unique religious view of religious marriage into the realm of civil marriage, you're voting to exclude a group of citizens from access to civil marriage licenses and all the rights and benefits those licenses afford them. That's not just Anti-gay (with a capital A), it's Arrogant, and worth the media calling bullshit on. It would be the same as someone saying "My religion tells me being black is bad, so I'm voting to prevent blacks from being able to marry. But I'm not anti-black."

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