Since the announcement last month, fans have expressed concerns over Lady Gaga’s partnership with Target to offer pre-sales and a deluxe edition of her upcoming Born This Way album exclusively with the retail outlet that was attacked for making donations to anti-LGBT politicians last year.
Gaga told fans:
Our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.
However, Gaga’s representative told media outlets the singer and Target reached a mutual agreement to end the relationship a few weeks ago. Many are citing Target’s refusal to stop funding anti-LGBT politicians as the cause for the break.
Target offered this as a response:
Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organization, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment.
I am not sure how much pull Lady Gaga thought she would have with the retail giant, but Target executives clearly are not bowing to her demands and Gaga stuck by her guns and pulled the deal. Target is hurt more by the no-deal, both because they lack the exclusivity of the sure-to-sell album and they will undoubtedly continue to suffer from LGBT boycotts of the retailer. All I can say is, good for you Gaga for standing by your beliefs and not selling out just for the money.
When Lady Gaga announced an exclusive partnership with Target for the release of Born This Way, I thought she had sold out her gay fans for the money of corporate America.
Turns out, this partnership could be a positive thing. In an interview with Bilboard magazine, Gaga reveals she was uncomfortable with the Target partnership when it was first discussed, and she met with “the entire executive staff” at the company to clear up her misgivings. She says tell Billboard:
That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting. Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.
This is interesting. I cannot say I am convinced, but I can say I appreciate Gaga discussing the Target deal somewhat openly for her gay fans. It will be even more interesting to see if Target actually changes its ways, or if this was just another business promise from corporate America. In the end, this very may have been just another business decision rather than a moral one.
The Senate has passed a procedural vote on the separate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill. A final vote will come around 3pm today.
Soon, all that the repeal will need is President Obama’s signature.
Stay tuned for updates.
Although we lost many straight allies in the election yesterday, more openly LGBT candidates won election to public office than any other year in America’s history.
Important victories from the 2010 election include:
- David Cicilline elected to Congress to be the fourth openly gay member of the US House of Representatives
- Jim Gray elected mayor of Lexington, Kentucky
- Nickie Antonio elected to the Ohio House (the first openly LGBT person to serve in the state legislature)
- Marcus Brandon elected to the North Carolina House (the first openly gay state legislator)
- Victoria Kolakowski elected Superior Court judge in Alameda County (the first openly transgender judge in America)
- Kevin Lembo elected Connecticut State Comptroller
- Laurie Jinkins elected to the Washington State House (the first openly lesbian state legislator, and may help pass a marriage equality bill next legislative session)
- Maryland and California expanded LGBT state legislative caucuses to include seven openly LGBT lawmakers
You can read more about this record election from Victory Fund.
I know this is well overdue, but I have been busy with life and all of the responsibilities that come along with trying to get an education (and hopefully a job). I apologize for disappearing and failing to keep you up to speed on the issues.
That being said, I have decided to make time to keep up with this blog (I promise I’ll do my best) because this is a critical time in our country’s history and a critical time for gay rights. Today’s election decides the fate of our country for the next couple of years, so I hope you got out to vote today. Our country depends on us.
In case you missed it, a lot has been going on from Prop 8 to DADT and ENDA. I will try to recap some of what has happened as time goes on just in case you haven’t been keeping up.
I look forward to blogging and discussing issues with all of you in the future, and I hope you are excited because SECOND CLASS CITIZENS is back and we aren’t taking no for an answer anymore! (You hear that Mr. Obama?)
A Concerned Citizen
As gay rights activists prepare to descend on Washington, D.C., for the National Equality March, one of the highest ranking openly gay politicians in the nation took to Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show to say the whole thing is pointless.
Barney Frank discussed the march, hate-crimes protections, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the military’s gay ban, but got the most listener response to his rant on the march, saying it won’t likely do anything and that President Obama “doesn’t need any pressure.”
Frank went on to say that gays and lesbians would better spend their time at home lobbying their politicians than making the trek to D.C.
“I literally don’t understand how this will do anything,” he said. “People are kidding themselves. I don’t want people patting themselves on the back for doing something that is useless.”
Listen to Frank’s full radio interview here.