Friday, June 23, 2006

Speaking of Mainstreaming...

(thanks to Brian Camenker at MassResistance)...

Macy's in downtown Boston showcased gay pride with window displays. Go here to see what "Boston Gay Pride Week" activities Macy's is so eager to support.

Some sponsors and participants of the Pride parade are:

-New England Leather Alliance ("Serving the Leather/Fetish/SM community for over 10 years" - "Marching to celebrate our kinky PRIDE". They'll also have a tent on the Common.)

-Independent Pagans of New England ("The Witches' Voice: Witches, Wiccans, Druids, solitaries, mages")

-PolyBoston (group promoting polyamory: group sex/relationships)

-Ramrod ("leather & Denim cruise bar") & Machine Nightclub (boasts "Largest gay club foam party - hot men dancing - gogo boys cruise bar - backroom dancers - xxx video theater")

-Good Vibrations (sex toy, XXX video store)

After a tidal wave of calls, Macy's removed the mannequins. (Also, the Boston Pride and AIDS Action Committee websites have been taken them off) But the "Pride" sign is still there.

Here's the email that Macy's is sending back to people who have contacted them on this.

To: -------

Like many other community initiatives and organizations that Macy's has supported over the years, including window displays and programs in celebration of Black History Month and St. Patricks Day, the window currently showcasing events for Boston Pride week at Macy's downtown supports a diverse part of our community. Macy's respects the many backgrounds, traditions, beliefs and heritage of all our customers and will continue to support a range of community causes, organizations, and initiatives that add to the cultural diversity of the markets we serve.

Our intention is always to welcome and include all members of the communities we serve, and certainly is never intended to cause any discomfort to you or any of our shoppers. I regret that we have offended you in any way in our commitment to be inclusive. We thank you for taking the time to inform us of your concerns and hope that you will reconsider your decision to visit us again.


Christine Stewart
Customer Service Specialist


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