Last November, I wrote a column about Wal-Mart’s move towards providing workplace equality for its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) workers. I was impressed by the courage of the leaders of WMT’s Pride group, notably a young middle manager named Ken Pearson. It can’t be easy to stand up for gay rights in Bentonville, Arkansas. As a company, Wal-Mart was clearly struggling with the gay rights issue but I concluded the column by writing that “it’s probably too late for Wal-Mart to reverse its gay-friendly course.”
Wrong. Wal-Mart’s step back is the topic of today’s CNNMoney column. I believe that, in the long run, Wal-Mart will move in a gay-friendly direction but it’s going to take time. Here’s how the column begins:
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has decided to curb its support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organizations after conservative Christian groups threatened a boycott, and after some of its own employees expressed disapproval.
The move comes a year after Wal-Mart had put on a gay-friendly smile. The company joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. It sponsored the annual convention of Out & Equal, a group that promotes gay rights in the workplace and sold gay-themed jewelry in stores.
“We are not currently planning corporate-level contributions to GLBT groups,” said Mona Williams, the company’s senior vice president of corporate communications.
You can read the rest here.