Though it hasn’t been well-publicized, Walgreens has been donating a substantial amount of money to the LGBT movement. In 2006, the drugstore was a Platinum-Level sponsor of the Chicago “Gay Games,” which are also know as the “Gay Olympics.” The event touts itself as the “world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by, and specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes, artists and musicians.”
Walgreens donated $100,000 to the Chicago “Gay Games” in 2006.
The Wikipedia description of the “Gay Games” reveals that they were started in 1982 in San Francisco, CA, and are held every four years. Unlike the real Olympics, there are no qualifying requirements to compete, so literally anyone with limited athletic ability can participate. Queers flock from around the world to the “Gay Games,” which are complete with an opening ceremony and torch lighting.
There are no qualifying requirements for athletes who wish to participate in the “Gay Games.”
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is the sanctioning body of the event. Their mission statement says it all:
“The purpose of the Federation of Gay Games is to foster and augment the self-respect of lesbians and gay men throughout the world and to engender respect and understanding from the nongay world, primarily through an organized international participatory athletic and cultural event held every four years, and commonly known as the Gay Games.”
Tom Kovach of RenewAmerica.com explained that “by its very definition, the ‘Gay’ Games will invite people from all over the world to come to Chicago this summer and have homo-sex.” Kovach is calling for the Christian community to boycott Walgreens for donating to the event.
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A member of the LGBT community celebrates at the “Gay Games” in Cologne, Germany.
The Illinois Family Institute, a conservative Christian group, also voiced their opposition of Walgreens’ hefty donation to the “Gay Games.” Peter LaBarbera, executive director of the organization, commented, “The Gay Games are about homosexuality, and I think it’s wrong for Walgreens to sponsor it. They’ve taken the step of becoming an official sponsor, which is putting the Walgreens name to endorsing this event.”
The “Gay Games” are held every four years, similar to the Olympics.
Ironically, Walgreens’ slogan is “The Pharmacy That America Trusts.” Perhaps the company should seriously evaluate where the majority of the country stands when it comes to morality. While most Americans are God-fearing Christians, less than two percent identify as homosexual. In their quest for ultimate equality and inclusiveness, Walgreens has alienated a huge sect of the population. It also happens to be the group of people who drop the most cash in their stores.
Queers from around the world flock to the “Gay Games.”
Soon, as profit margins begin to dwindle, corporate America will wake up and realize what conservatives have known for some time. The liberal media may be shouting the loudest, but they certainly do not represent the majority of Americans who still believe in the values this country was founded on. Let us know what you think of Walgreens’ move to support the LGBT movement in the comments section.