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Boycott Microsoft April 29, 2005 6:35 AM

I was stunned, and very disappointed, when I read a recent article where Bill Gates has backtracked and gay/lebian rights, partner benefits and same sex marriage. Microsoft is caving into fundamental pressure AND have had as an employee Ralph Reed, former head of the christian coalition, for the past couple years. I am waiting to hear back from HRC and Lambda Legal...but I suspect the best course of action is a boycott against all Microsoft businesses. I have sent a letter of complaint to Microsoft, I suggest you all do the same. Just put Microsoft in the search, and then hit on Customer services, or corporate page. It is very disheartening to realize on of our corporate champions is now just another mouthpiece for religous intolerance and hate. But we are still relatively free, and in a capitalist society, ecomonic boycotts are our best bet peace-eric  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 02, 2005 5:45 AM

HRC has added a petition to its site: http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/microsoft  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Microsoft vs. Apple on GLBT Issues May 02, 2005 2:29 PM

I too am dismayed by the way Microsoft has turned its back on GLBT equality and human rights. If I weren't locked into a lease on my PC, I'd be taking a serious look at Apple. But does anyone know if Apple's record on GLBT issues is any more enlightened and humane than Microsoft's?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 May 04, 2005 5:47 AM

HRC's database (http://www.hrc.org/worklife/pdsearch) gives Apple pretty high marks (corporate equality index score of 100). Looks like spouses and same-sex partners are eligible for all benefits, and the company endorses ENDA.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Thank you! May 04, 2005 6:50 AM

Thanks, Bostonian S, for the info.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
SBC good alternative May 04, 2005 10:55 AM

I just off the phone with Marilyn at HRC. SBC communications received 100% approval rating from the Campaign. So my partner and I will be leaving MSN and joining SBC.Yahoo for our internet services. bye-bye butterfly!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Please let Microsoft know May 04, 2005 11:04 AM

Eric B, thank you for switching from MSN to SBC. Any chance you could tell Microsoft why you're making the switch?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
MSN communication May 04, 2005 1:02 PM

Jeff, I have sent a letter to Microsoft explaining why I am no longer using MSN as my internet provider. Their response was "we will send your letter to the appropriate individual for consideration". That was over a week ago and I have not heard back from them since. I have also signed and sent the letter from HRC that was provided by the link Bostonian listed above. In my opinion, Gates and Microsoft are so big that they don't care if they lose some business, or they believe a glbt boycott will be ineffective. Let us prove them wrong!!!!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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