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McDonald's Has Become a Part of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor says that
McDonald's (the hamburger chain) has become part of a nationwide effort to
promote gay and lesbian business ventures.
The Truth: The forwarded email is from the text of an
alert send to its members by the American Family Association (AFA).
According to both McDonald's and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of
Commerce (NGLCC), this is true.
On the NGLCC website Richard Ellis, Vice President, Communications for
McDonalds is listed at a member of the board of NGLCC.
One note: The quote by McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner is on the
McDonald's website, but not with reference to the NGLCC. It appears
in the "Corporate Responsibility Blog" from June, 2007 in a post about the
annual shareholder's meeting. Skinner's remarks on that occasion do
not include any reference to homosexual issues.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
McDonald's CEO: Company will put full resources behind gay agenda
McDonald's has signed on to a nationwide effort to promote 'gay' and
'lesbian' business ventures.
According to McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, McDonald’s will aggressively
promote the homosexual agenda. In remarks on McDonald's website
concerning the company becoming a member of the National Gay & Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Skinner wrote: 'Being a socially responsible
organization is a fundamental part of who we are. We have an obligation to
use our size and resources to make a difference in the world … and we do.'
The company gave an undisclosed amount of money to the NGLCC in return for
being recognized as a major promoter of the homosexual agenda. In return,
NGLCC placed Richard Ellis, vice president of communications of McDonald’s
USA, on the NGLCC Board of Directors.
Ellis was quoted as saying: 'I'm thrilled to join the National Gay &
Lesbian Chamber of Commerce team and ready to get to work. I share the
NGLCC's passion for business growth and development within the LGBT
community, and I look forward to playing a role in moving these important
McDonald's refused to comment to World Net Daily on the placement of its
executive on the board of the 'gay' advocacy organization but did send an
e-mail confirming the corporation's support for the agenda of the
homosexual business lobby.
'McDonald's is indeed a Corporate Partner and Organizational Ally of NGLCC.
Our vice president of U.S. communications, Richard Ellis, was recently
elected to its board of directors,' said Heidi M. Barker, senior director
of media relations for McDonald’s. NGLCC describes itself as promoting the
LGBT community first and always, including same sex marriage.
NGLCC gives credit to sponsors such as McDonald's for its financial and
other support that helps in its work. 'Through the commitment of our
corporate partners, the NGLCC has been able to advance the ideas and
causes of the LGBT business community,' the Chamber said.
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