There are those who are now saying the LGBT community should change tactics while we are winning and not fight back vigorously against bigotry and punish bigots. Is this really a wise strategy? How well did we do when people felt free to be openly homophobic in polite company?
The "holidays" are quickly approaching. How true is that statement? If you want to state the facts, there are religious holidays all year around so we, in some ways, are always in the holiday season, no?
The key here is that more often than not, controversy sells. Precedent seems to have been set. Expect more of these public 'us vs. them' stances being made by corporate CEOs and an equally decisive reaction from activists.
The other day a coworker asked me for my lunch order. At that point my stomach was already beating me to death, and I was ready to trade my firstborn child for a ham sandwich. I asked him where we were ordering from, and he said, "Chick-fil-A. Mmmmm!" I was torn.
Companies and their executives are consistently punished by the public for expressing their views on issues completely unrelated to their business. Because they are it's necessary for company executives to use more discretion to avoid these controversies.
Last week I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Miller. We discussed his new book The Heart of Leadership: Becoming A Leader People Want to Follow, which sheds light on the question: What Makes Leaders Different?
For LGBT folks, a local protest like mine and global protests like those against Barilla and Russian vodka brands are not petty affairs. We want our dollars to go to companies that do good by us. For the LGBT community, the "loyalty economy" will always trump the "'thank you' economy."