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Tomorrow's Macy's Rally

Gay Window Display
10AM - 1PM

This Sunday bring your rainbows and anti-massresistance signs to rally, and then head to the block parties! Purchase rainbow flags at your local gay bookstore: Calamus Books.

We are calling on Macy's to admit they were wrong and apologize directly to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community for their offensive removal of the queer pride Mannequins and life-saving web addresses. We do not want watered down apologetic public relations sound bites. We want a real apology and an admission of wrongdoing. While the removal of the mannequins was severely offensive, the removal and return of the AIDS Action Committee web url was a direct slap in the face to our community during the 25th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. Images of LGBT people will always offend the radical right so Macy's "striking a balance" excuse reeks of homophobia. Standing up for LGBT people is no balancing act. In the words of our illegitimate president George W. Bush, "you are either with us or against us."

When the mannequins are returned and a REAL apology is issued we will claim victory over MassResistance and bigotry.

This protest is as much about confronting and shutting down the voice of MassResistance and protesting Macy's irresponsible and silly decision.

To endorse this protest or if you have questions contact Mark Snyder @ or 617.416.0552

Protest Endorsements/Coalition:Hate Resistance, GenderCrash, Left In Lowell, MassResistanceWatch, , StoneWall Warriors, International Action Center, View From The Bridge

Please share your letters to Macy's in the comments section of this blog post for everyone to see!

Contact Macy's:

Macy's Downtown Crossing
450 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Mr. Terry Lundgren, President if Macy's

Linda Stahley
Manager, Boston Macy's
New phone number: 617-357-3063

James Gray
President, Macy's East Coast Operations
Executive Offices, 151 W. 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Macy's Presidential Complaints
PO Box 8215
Mason, OH 45040

Customer Service Office:
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Other executives:


Anonymous said...

Thanks for organizing this protest! Great idea. I'll be there and I'll bring a few people.

Anonymous said...

I am there and will also be coming with a few friends. Thanks for doing this!!!

Sandouri Dean Bey said...

Thomas R. Zapf
Director of Consumer & Government Affairs
Macy’s East
151 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Dear Mr. Zapf:

I am writing to you because of the recent decision by Macy’s Boston store to remove a portion of its window display celebrating Boston’s gay pride festival (June 2 – June 11). Specifically, the store removed the two male mannequins dressed in “pride attire,” one of which was wearing a rainbow flag around its waist. In addition, the websites for the Boston Pride Committee and the AIDS Action Committee were also erased from the display. Macy’s decision to censor the display came in response to complaints made by the Article 8 Alliance, a Massachusetts group that has been vocal in its opposition to same-sex marriage and GLBT equality.

Macy’s defines itself as a “Diverse and Inclusive Organization.” You state: “Diversity within our workforce, customer base, and community and vendor relationships distinguishes Federated from other retailers and gives us a clear competitive advantage. On a day-to-day basis, diversity manifests itself in the respectful way we treat our customers, vendors, members of the community and one another.” However, Macy’s decision to censor its Boston Pride window display demonstrates that its commitment to diversity is tenuous and more than a little fraudulent.

While I understand that you can’t please everyone in the Culture Wars, I find it saddening when companies with as distinguished a heritage as Macy’s cave in to pressure from the Far Right. If one must choose between bigotry and a commitment to diversity, why choose bigotry? If you offend the members of the Article 8 Alliance and those like them, you can do so knowing that your commitment to diversity prevents you from concluding, as they do, that there is something disgusting about a gay pride display featuring two male mannequins. Instead, you have chosen to offend the GLBT community by siding with the forces of bigotry, fear, and hate. It was an unwise and unethical choice.

Therefore, I am cancelling my Macy’s credit card and until Macy’s can demonstrate a genuine commitment to diversity, I will do my shopping elsewhere. I have no desire to give my patronage to a company that clearly puts the warped sensibilities of small-minded bigots ahead of my dignity.

Sincerely yours,

Sandouri Dean Bey

(i sent this to a bunch of macy's execs both in boston and nyc... oh yeah, and i used my real name)

Anonymous said...

Mark -
Have you called the news stations to let them know about the protest. 4, 5, 7, fox, necn, boston globe, herald...they all might cover it...and that would really suck for Macys.

Mark D. Snyder said...

We will be contacting the news, but we need your help. Everyone should contact their local and favorite news media outlets and ask them to cover the protest.

Anonymous said...

Will do....

Anonymous said...

I contact 4, 5, 7, fox, necn, the globe, the herald, the dig, the phoenix, npr...