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Michael Aaron

Boycott the boycotts

Someone sneezes and someone else yells, “boycott!” It seems like a knee-jerk reaction to any and all disagreements lately.

Frankly, I haven’t eaten but a nibble of anything made by Chick-fil-A since they arrived at Crossroads Mall in the 1980s. (I was 4.) Employees would walk around the mall with platters of chicken.

I knew even then that my politics likely didn’t align with theirs, for the mere fact that they were closed on Sundays — the only store in the mall that was.

And I have told anyone who would listen that I wouldn’t throw my hard-earned money at them.

But organized boycotts, by either side of this social divide, are rarely successful. And boy, was this last one not successful.
Let’s face it, we lost this one big time, and for good reason(s) which I won’t even go into.

There was also a case in Colorado where a cake maker refused to sell his wares to a gay couple because he was against gay marriage.
Boycott! Petition! Force him to let us eat cake.

My question is this: Why do you want to give your dollars to someone who will very likely use them against you?
My answer is this: Buycott.

Wikipedia: “A buycott is the opposite of a boycott; that is, an active campaign to buy the products or services of a particular company or country.”

We have hundreds of businesses and service people in this state who actively pursue our business and our dollars. Wouldn’t it make more sense to use them than to bully a hater into submission?

We have advertisers in this magazine, businesses and services in our Gay Salt Lake Directory, members of the Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and contributors to the Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah who would love to offer their services to us.

I say let the haters know (individually) that you will not be using their services; but let our ally- and gay-owned businesses know we are happy to count them among our friends and wish them to succeed … with our dollars.

Leave the boycotts to the haters. Buycotts are for lovers. Love, not war. Peace out.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally businesses can be found online at biz.qsaltlake.com.

About the author

Michael Aaron

Michael Aaron is the editor and publisher of QSaltLake. He has been active in Utah's gay and lesbian community since the early 80s and published two publications then and in the 90s.


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