Apparently, unlike Lowe’s, Home Depot knows how to deal with hate groups.
According to LGBTQNation, The Home Depot has given the brush-off to the American Family Association (AFA) after they decided to boycott the company because The Home Depot “promote[s] the homosexual agenda.”
Home Depot, on the other hand, seem like they could care less about the group’s boycott threat. According to OneNewsNow, the company’s chairman, Frank Blake told the AFA spokesman that they thanked the AFA for their petitions,”but again, as in the past, reiterated the company’s support for ‘diversity,’ which includes same-gender “marriage.”
Also, to quote LGBTQNation:
“Atlanta-based Home Depot promotes diversity-oriented organizations, including “Out and Equal Workplace Advocates,” an LGBT advocacy group that supports workplace diversity, marriage equality, and activities such as Transgender Remembrance Day. The Home Depot is also a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign.”
This is how simple it is to do this, Lowe’s. Just say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” You’ll not only keep your dignity, but you’ll also gain a staunch following, which will result in more sales. People will feel safe and secure shopping with you.
I’ll take this opportunity to say this: Science has come into the argument that most homophobia is due to latent homosexual desires. Of course, this is not true for all people who are violently against homosexuality–some are raised to think that way due to their parents fears (which could or could not be stemmed from their own latent homosexuality as well as their fear of the unknown).
If we’re being honest with ourselves, a lot of us can admit to having some type of same-sex feeling–for instance, a straight person having a lesbian/gay dream for seemingly no reason. And if we go by the Kinsey Scale, there is a range of sexualities, from 100% gay to somewhere in the middle to 100% straight. To quote Alfred Kinsey:
““Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual. The world is not to be divided into sheep and goats…The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.”–Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948)
“While emphasizing the continuity of the gradations between exclusively heterosexual and exclusively homosexual histories, it has seemed desirable to develop some sort of classification which could be based on the relative amounts of heterosexual and homosexual experience or response in each history… An individual may be assigned a position on this scale, for each period in his life…. A seven-point scale comes nearer to showing the many gradations that actually exist.” (pp. 639, 656). –Sexual Behavior of the Human Female (1953)
Other authors added this to Female:
“It is a characteristic of the human mind that tries to dichotomize in its classification of phenomena….Sexual behavior is either normal or abnormal, socially acceptable or unacceptable, heterosexual or homosexual; and many persons do not want to believe that there are gradations in these matters from one to the other extreme.”
And, one could go into deeper detail with the spectrum of sexualities by using Fritz Klein’s Sexual Orientation Grid, which takes into account asexuality, how orientation can change throughout a person’s life, etc.
What I’m getting at is that the part of humanity who aren’t for accepting or even recognizing the gay/lesbian/bi/queer community, then they aren’t accepting a part of themselves. I don’t mean that they aren’t accepting a part of themselves if they themselves are gay–what I’m saying is that they aren’t accepting the part of themselves that can understand that type of feeling, if that makes sense. They aren’t accepting the fact that, if the circumstances were different, they could be the ones being targeted by a radical group for something they have no control over. At the very least, be open enough to get along with someone. And if, as some spiritual people do, imagine ourselves to be the smaller part of a larger body, then we are hurting ourselves by having hatred for each other.
I’m not saying you have to like everyone–there are tons of people I’m not that fond of–but if we’re supposed to advance from one mode of thinking to the next, then we have to at least try to find some common ground with the Other. After a while, all of this hatred gets really stupid and tiring. These people who hate like this have got to be so tired and worn-out from it.
Though, I guess the flip side of this statement I’m making is true as well–if we are to be truly accepting of others, we have to accept those that don’t like us. So, these folks who are against everything have to be shown the same type of humanity we would show anyone else, otherwise, we’re just being holier-than-thou.