Last week, Target and Best Buy made headlines by giving a large donation that would support Minnesota anti-LGBT gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
The two Minnesota-based retailers contributed a combined $250,000 to MN Forward, an independent committee advocating for the election of an opponent of LGBT equality as the state’s next governor.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the state’s next governor will have the opportunity to either sign or veto legislation allowing for marriage equality in the state.
“It’s a huge slap in the face to LGBT people and for that matter to all fair-minded Americans,” said Joe Solmonese, HRC president. “Two of our most trusted brands have contributed shareholder money that could help elect a candidate that wants nothing but the worst for us. Both companies talk about this contribution as a business decision. I would offer that it’s a really bad business decision. Both companies have now earned the bad will of LGBT people and fair-minded Americans. They need to make it right.”
Diversity and inclusion are essential features of [these] businesses, and recruiting and retaining the best employees—including those in or allied with the transgender community—is a critical component of their diversity missions.”