Profiles in Corporate Courage

Happy Pride Month! I would love to hear everyone’s plans for celebration. We have a two-car garage here in Maskachusetts and, for compatibility with neighbors’ yard signs, I had thought about painting one door in a rainbow flag and the other in a permanent Black Lives Matter sign, but now that we’ve sold the house (signed P&S) and are moving to Jupiter, Florida I am not 100 percent sure that the new owner shares my commitment to social justice.

I’ve never wanted an Apple Watch (an iPhone in the pocket is embarrassing enough), but the company’s courageous commitment to Pride is tempting me to “celebrate all year long”. From the U.S. site:

A detail page:

Some text underneath:

Weaving together the colors of the Pride flag, the Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop band features a unique, stretchable design that’s ultracomfortable and easy to slip on and off your wrist. Created by weaving 16,000 recycled polyester yarn filaments around ultrathin silicone threads using advanced precision-braiding machinery, then laser cutting the band to an exact length for a custom fit. The band offers a soft, textured feel and is both sweat and water resistant.

Apple is proud to support LGBTQ advocacy organizations working to bring about positive change, including Encircle, Equality North Carolina, Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG National, the National Center for Transgender Equality, SMYAL, and The Trevor Project in the U.S., and ILGA World internationally.

This Pride Edition watch/band is not available from Apple’s United Arab Emirates page, otherwise a mirror image of the U.S. page. Perhaps folks in UAE don’t need to hear the Good News about Rainbow Flagism? From “LGBT rights in the United Arab Emirates” (Wikipedia): “Male homosexuality is illegal in the UAE, and is punishable by the death penalty under sharia law.”

See also, from Titania McGrath, a comparison of major corporations’ Pride Month displays in non-Muslim versus Muslim regions.

Brush your teeth with pride and shave without toxic masculinity (P&G owns Gillette)….

“We prefer to think of it as the Blue Screen of Pride”:

From “The Gayglers is comprised of LGBTQ+ Googlers and their allies. The group not only leads the way in celebrating Pride around the world, but also informs programs and policies, so that Google remains a workplace that works for everyone.” Apparently, “around the world” does not include Arabia:

Should we ask Melinda Gates to fund a project to help these companies translate their Pride Month messages into Arabic, Urdu, Indonesian, etc.?


11 thoughts on “Profiles in Corporate Courage

  1. Is God’s rainbow(seven colors instead of six, color order is opposite the alphabet version) hate speech?

  2. I plan to spend my time celebrating by laboring mightily to unsuccessfully push a rainbow-colored boulder up a mountain. (I thought to say that I would spend it shooting rainbow colored bullets into bland, binary targets, but thought that might be gauche.)

    As long as we all dance to the music, everything will be fine, right?

  3. In order to celebrate, I was planning to take a course in Critical Race Theory. However, having a backwards education that took place in the last decades of the 20th century, I was taught that race theories are sketchy.

    This leaves me beyond salvation, so I doubled down and bought Wilkinson instead of Gillette for the first time.

  4. I, for one, welcome our new alphabet overlords! I used to scoff at LGBTQIA identities. But after some introspection, I realized that I am super-straight – even super-super-straight (M only attracted really hot F)! So now I take pride in my super-super-straight identity, and relish in joining the LGBTQIASSS community. Suck it, you unattractive bigots!

    • But you’re only attracted to hot ones…. Why would you want the unattractive ones to suck it?

  5. I’m not sure why Apple only supports LGBTQ. That explicitly discriminates against IA!

    Phil is more woke than Apple by using LGBTQIA+. Perhaps it should be LGBTQIA++, so it sounds like a programming language.

  6. I will be celebrating Pride Month by dyeing my hair every few days with one of the rainbow colors. Unfortunately, since we are locked home and still cannot go to the office, I won’t be able to show off and share my LGBTQIA++^ enthusiasm with my employer and co-workers.

  7. Everrati has Apple beat hands down, which means it’s gonna be a huge success. Because an electric Porsche 964 that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars with a brand name like that is Supergay. They should actually name it that: “Supergay 964”

  8. Since we are in a cultural revolution, time has come to make children wear rainbow scarfs. This is a proven method and will speed up #Equality and destroy the #Patriarchy and #WhiteSupremacy.

    Oppressed people like those working at FAANG corporations for > $200,000 a year plus stock options will finally not be discriminated against and get #SocialJustice.

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