Clear as Mud: 7 Times Support Didn't Sound Supportive

For major companies claiming to support their LGBT customers, here's what not to do.

BY Trudy Ring

April 01 2014 6:00 AM ET

When LGBT people call out companies and organizations working against our interests, often it results in a positive policy change. But these businesses or groups have recently muddied the waters by making halfhearted apologies — or they’ve backtracked on progressive moves or taken no action. For anyone keeping watch, here are some examples never to follow.

Mozilla: The company behind the popular Web browser Firefox has a new CEO, Brendan Eich, who back in 2008 donated $1,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8, which nullified marriage equality in California. (Happily, thanks to a successful court challenge, Prop. 8 is no more.) Activists immediately raised concerns about Eich, and he and the company responded by asserting that Mozilla’s LGBT-friendly policies would not change, but Eich did not address the donation directly or say whether his views on marriage equality had changed. So now the backlash is growing, with more than 65,000 people have signed a petition calling on Eich to renounce his donation or resign. Plus, OKCupid made the bold move on Monday of intercepting anyone visiting the popular dating site while using Firefox with a letter warning that Eich "is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software."

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