Request Foods takes it back

4 08 2010


Check out the link. Request Food does not support homophobic ad.


Reinstate Segregation for Gays

3 08 2010

Dear Honest Opinion who suggested that if homos don’t like Holland than they should all leave:

 Holland is my home town. No matter what, it will always be my home town. I can’t help  that I was born and raised there. Did you pick your birth place? The problem is that I ENJOY  working in Holland. Many of my coworkers are Christians. Most of my coworkers know that I’m gay. And you know what, it’s not a big deal. 

 But I think Holland is more than a religious community. It’s not some homogenous lump all subscribing to the same beliefs.  It’s comprised of all sorts of different people. Isn’t that what a community is?

You’re right it was a  Paid For Advertisement .  Free Speech is Free Speech. But had the ad targeted another group of people whether it be ethnic or religious or whatever, I’m not so sure that it would have been allowed. But sure if everyone can pay for an ad that lists myths and facts about another group of people, go for it.

I don’t think a person or group of people should have to leave a town because they disagree with one or two things.  If that were the case, we would all have leave. Isn’t that part of  democracy—trying to promote positive change to help create a community that we all want to live in? Or  maybe we should designate specific states or cities for differering political and religious beliefs.  Let’s reinstate segregation.

We’re just like you–mostly

3 08 2010

A commenter wrote that we were a bunch of social justice types itching for a fight just because we wrote a letter to the editor disagreeing with the homophobic Family Research Council & Request Foods Ad in the Holland Sentinel. This is my response:

“Those” homosexuals. “Those” gays. “Those” lesbians. We’re not some random protestors. We’ve been here all along. And mostly we’re just like you. We go to work and to school. We come home. Eat. Sleep. Shower. Shave. Do laundry. Watch a little TV. Mow the lawn. Plant a garden. Recycle. Swim at Ottawa Beach or Tunnel Park. Eat ice cream at Captain Sundae. Shop at Meijer. Donate our old junk to Goodwill. Eat pizza at Fricano’s. Take trips up north. Pay taxes. Vote. Write letters to the editor. Post comments about letters to the editor. Disagree passionately about what others may generalize about us. Because we want to defend our rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech as well as our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We are your daughters, sons, fathers and mothers. We are your family.

We are your doctors, nurses, nurse aides. After you had a stroke, we took care of you. We are your engineers, carpenters, electricians. The house that you’re living in, we installed the plumbing. We are your retail store clerks and factory workers. We made your rear view mirror and assembled your expensive office chair. We are librarians, baristas, landscapers, waiters, and chefs. We prepared your rack of lamb medium rare with a pomegranate reduction. We are your bank tellers, managers, and professors.

I’m the construction worker that paved the roads you drive on. I’m the fast food worker that assembled your Big Mac. I’m the police woman that gave you a ticket on 16th street.. I’m the hot gay guy in my brown UPS uniform that delivered your package last Tuesday. I’m the farmer that grew your organic heirloom tomatoes from seed.

We are as diverse as the rest of the population.  You don’t even know who we are, because most of the time we are invisible. I’m sitting right next to you on the MAX bus. I’m your grandfather’s roommate at Freedom Village Inn. We’re invisible until we speak. After we speak, you complain that we are too loud, too radical and you want us to move to Africa where it’s really bad and we’ve got something to cry about.

But we’re everywhere, and we’re mostly just like you.

Boycott Campbell’s Soup

2 08 2010

Dear Campbell’s,

Campbell’s Soup has a 10 year contract with Request Foods in Holland, Michigan. Request Foods along with Family Research Council placed a full page ad in the Holland Sentinel July 23, Is Homosexuality a Civil Rights Issue? This ad displayed alleged myths and facts about the gay community. But people with opposing beliefs can’t objectively evaluate each other on those very things on which they so strongly disagree. Basically, it was a desperate attempt to undermine any progress that the LGBTQ community had made.  The ad was purposefully divisive and was intended to cause discord. That does not seem very family focused or Christian-like.

Your website talks about diversity and inclusion. “Creating and marketing products effectively to an increasingly diverse world requires a strong commitment to diversity in every aspect of our business. Our company-wide diversity efforts encourage all employees to bring their uniqueness and individuality to work every day.” I assume this does not include anyone from the LGBTQ community. Based on your partnership with Request Foods, I assume that your diversity and inclusion are selective.

I ask that you reconsider your affiliation with Request foods. The Gay dollar is the same as the Christian or Heterosexual dollar. Money is money.  Until I hear otherwise, I will tell all my gay/straight friends and family to boycott Campbell’s.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Julie Ann August

Write Campbell’s a letter!

Regarding Family Research Council Ad: Welkom to Holland?

1 08 2010

Here’s the a link to the Holland Sentinel, my letter to the Editor and many other people’s letters regarding Family Research Council’s Ad.

Focus on the Fags

28 07 2010


My letter to the Holland Sentinal Editor:

Just a few weeks ago, I told my ex-girlfriend that Holland was changing. The Holland Sentinel ran a positive article on Gay Pride in Centennial Park and another neutral article about vandalism against Camp-It, the gay campground.

 Then I read your Paid for Advertisement from the Family Research Council. Wow. I take it all back.

 I’m not some radical dyke transplant from Chicago or San Francisco. I was born in Holland as were my parents and their parents. I lived in Holland for 23 years and have the wooden shoes to prove it. And although I live in Grand Rapids now, I still work in Holland.

 I realize that the Holland Sentinel is a business, and these are hard economic times–especially when many papers and magazines are failing.  In order for a business to survive, it must be innovative. I’m not sure that selling out would be considered innovative.  Perhaps, the Sentinel should think about their demographic before accepting such discriminatory advertisements that may alienate some of their readers and probably even a few of their own employees.

 Exactly, how much would I have to pay to have an advertisement examining the facts and myths of the heterosexual community?  Or the Christian community? I could create statistics, put them in bold font and declare them as truth. But people with opposing beliefs can’t objectively evaluate each other on those very things on which they so strongly disagree. It would be based on emotion. I don’t think the ‘research’ in Family Research Council has anything to do with scientific inquiry, but more about pushing their religious dogma and political agenda. It also serves as a distraction from more urgent matters that are going on in our world—like enormous oil spills and war. But forget about those things. Let’s focus on the fags.

 10 or 15 years ago I would have expected this homophobic rhetoric. But now? Holland is more diverse than what some people would like to believe. I’m sorry but your community is rampant with heathens and homosexuals. Get used to it.

Homophobic Holland

28 07 2010
Fags not welkom here.

Welkom to Holland?  Apparently not all of us.  This is a full page ad in the Holland Sentinel paid for by the Family Research Council. Read it. Write the Editor. Boycott the Holland Sentinel