By Chris Huqueriza
After a history of indecisive direction concerning LGBT rights, Walmart has decided to stop funding gay-friendly organizations after a meeting with Family Research Council’s President Tony Perkins.
“Walmart been walking the straight and narrow,” said Perkins during his radio show while discussing his meeting with Walmart executives. “They’re certainly not fueling and funding the opposition on these family issues.”
Walmart has a sordid history with LGBT organizations.
In 2010, after a former employee admitted he was gay to a Walmart supervisor, he was stripped of his responsibilities and alienated from his colleagues. In 2011, the corporation scored a 40 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. They were raised to a 60 out of 100 for their 2012 score after including a gender identity nondiscrimination policy at the end of 2011.
Many anti-Walmart pro-gay groups petitioned to keep the company out of New York City. Stonewall Democratic Club, an organization who join the anti-Walmart petition, released a statement in 2011 discussing their concerns. The statement said:
“Walmart represents a culture of intolerance and insensitivity towards LGBT employees and issues that is unwelcome in New York. Just last year more than 100 Walmart stores were found to be promoting a children’s book that suggested that gay people can overcome ‘sin’ and convert to heterosexuality with the help of counseling. Walmart CEO Mike Duke signed a petition in his home state of Arkansas that was aimed at preventing adoption by Gay and Lesbian parents.”
Walmart also obtained a 15-point subtraction from the HRC report for “a large-scale official or public anti-LGBT blemish on their recent records, specifically by opposing a shareholder resolution to amend their non-discrimination policies to include gender identity” according to the WalmartWatch.org site.
It’s unclear what companies Walmart stopped funding.