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Jul 17 2012

On-again, off-again Target stores to sell gay wedding cards

If you’ve got a gay friend who’s getting married, you’ll soon be able to buy them a congratulatory card at Target. That’s a good thing: the more businesses who realize that gays spend money too, the more completely gays will be integrated into our consumerist society (and more importantly into the pervasive marketing and product placement that do so much to define our culture). But as far as human rights go, Target’s support has been mixed at best.

Target has a checkered background when it comes to supporting gay rights. The store previously sold T-shirts with gay pride themes online only a month before these cards were stocked in mid-June. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Target’s recent boost in enthusiasm for gay rights is seen as an attempt to make amends after donating $150,000 to Minnesotans for Marriage, a group that supported Tom Emmer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who opposed gay marriage.

If this is progress, then that’s a good thing; if it’s just political fence-sitting, then meh. Lukewarm ambivalence is better than outright hostility I guess. On the other hand, this is definitely going to help with mainstreaming acceptance of gays as ordinary people, so I’m calling this one a win, with or without genuine support from the business. When you’ve got them by the wallet, their hearts and minds will follow.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Possibly an improvement, but certainly no improvement in the corporate mindset shows. Privileged bigoted white dood gets $150,000. Grudgingly sell stuff to Teh Ghey.

    Sounds about right.

    1. 1.1
      'Tis Himself

      The $150K might have come from anticipated sales of GLBT-friendly merchandise.

      1. F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

        Subversion!

  2. 2
    Ace of Sevens

    Best Buy gave to the same group. I’ll shop there again when they show more support than just accepting gay dollars.

  3. 3
    Gregory in Seattle

    I cannot help but suspect that Target is donating the profits from pro-gay sales to anti-gay causes, chortling all the way.

    Thanks, but when I must shop mall retailer, I will stick with JC Penny and other companies that actually support LGBT rights.

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    Nemo

    Target also recently declined to stock the new album by Frank Ocean, which some saw as a possibly homophobic move, although Target says it’s because it was released online before coming out as a physical CD.

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      F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

      Are you friggin’ kidding me?

      But on that note (the Frank Ocean note), I read a really cool article by Esther Armah here:
      http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2012/07/real-black-man-is-dead-long-live.html

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