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Gold's Gym Faces Backlash After CEO Gives to GOP Group
CBS News ^ | October 26, 2010 | Stephanie Condon

Posted on 10/26/2010 12:33:52 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

Four Gold's Gym franchises in the San Francisco Bay Area are abandoning their brand after learning that their parent company's owner made a large, private donation to American Crossroads, the conservative political group that backs candidates opposed to expanding gay rights.

Billionaire Robert Rowling, CEO of TRT Holdings, which owns Gold's, has given more than $2 million this election cycle to American Crossroads, the third party organization with ties to former Bush strategist Karl Rove.

Reports of Rowling's significant donations to American Crossroads angered some franchise owners, who said the donations betrayed Gold's strong ties to the gay community.

"Gold's Gym San Francisco has long been a pillar of the gay community. We will continue to be," Don Dickerson, the director of operations for Gold's Gym Bay Area, wrote in a Facebook note. "It is very unfortunate that the CEO of TRT Holdings has chosen this course of action. We do not support it in any way."

Dickerson wrote that four Bay Area Gold's Gyms will allow their contractual obligations with Gold's Gym International to expire in 2012, if they are not able to end them sooner. On top of that, the franchises plan to match every dollar paid in Gold's Gym in franchise fees with a donation of equal or greater size to LGBT charities.

Rowling's donations also spurred an online petition, which now has more than 4,000 signatures, calling on Gold's to stop its corporate executives from "taking money from customers and spending it in order to elect anti-gay politicians."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: americancrossroads; ca2010; crossroads; donors; goldsgym; homosexualagenda; karlrove; liberalfascism; republicans; robertrowling; rove; sanfrancisco; trtholdings
The wrath of the sexual deviants on display again...
1 posted on 10/26/2010 12:33:55 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

“Gold’s Gym San Francisco has long been a pillar of the gay community.”

Yeah they are a real pillar in the community. What a joke.


2 posted on 10/26/2010 12:35:58 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Beaten Valve

Homo-Leninists stock-in-trade:…Intolerance


3 posted on 10/26/2010 12:38:02 PM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about their misdirection!)
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To: Beaten Valve

said the donations betrayed Gold’s strong ties to the gay community;

Guess they haven’t heard of GOProud?


4 posted on 10/26/2010 12:38:05 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Beaten Valve

How tolerant of them to not tolerate ‘choice’.


5 posted on 10/26/2010 12:40:13 PM PDT by sappy (criminalibs)
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To: Beaten Valve

For perspective, this story is about FOUR franchisees who have a problem with the donations.

Gold’s Gym has 700 franchises in 30 countries.

The loss of four is not going to hurt them.

And if there were four Christian franchisees who decided to leave for political reasons, you would not even hear about it in the paper.


6 posted on 10/26/2010 12:43:37 PM PDT by earlJam
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To: Beaten Valve

Guess that means that one can now safely bend over in the shower at Gold’s Gym.

Baddah-boom, baddah bing!!


7 posted on 10/26/2010 12:43:52 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Freddd

And what about Log Cabin Republicans?

Not all gays are fixated on the liberal issues being pushed by the activists. Liberal activists can’t get their minds around the concept, but, some members of allegedly aggrieved minority groups actually support GOP principles such as cutting taxes and limits on government spending.


8 posted on 10/26/2010 12:46:03 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Beaten Valve

Just like the queers boycotted Target Stores? Why would 1% of the population intimidate any business...unless it was ...never mind, they don’t use protection either (ugh)


9 posted on 10/26/2010 12:47:04 PM PDT by Tribemike1
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To: Beaten Valve
But the social libs and moral relativists swore the homosexual community only wanted to be left alone in their privacy...they were only interested in free speech and all...they were not trying to push and close the loop on some kind of new immoral agenda, no, it was all about privacy, and they would never be intolerant once they were out of the closet.

Uh huh. The old right wing social conservatives were right on the money, proven time after time, they always get it right.

10 posted on 10/26/2010 12:49:05 PM PDT by OriginalIntent (undo all judicial activism and its results)
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To: earlJam

Oh no you would hear about it, as in “how intolerant of those Christians”.


11 posted on 10/26/2010 12:52:30 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: Beaten Valve

“Gold’s Gym San Francisco has long been a pillar of the gay community”.....

Gaak!....I’ll bet!


12 posted on 10/26/2010 12:53:24 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Da Coyote

>>>>Guess that means that one can now safely bend over in the shower at Gold’s Gym.

Not in SanFran.


13 posted on 10/26/2010 12:55:04 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Beaten Valve

This is a good example why many who donate do NOT want to be identified.


14 posted on 10/26/2010 12:55:21 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup
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To: Beaten Valve

Gold’s should open up “don’t ask - don’t tell” gyms next door...LOL!


15 posted on 10/26/2010 12:55:36 PM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Beaten Valve
These people are anything but gay. They are homosexual and need to be referred to as such.

Fred Astaire was gay.

16 posted on 10/26/2010 12:58:23 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Beaten Valve

Blue and red just can’t stand each other. I think we should split up the country between us and go our separate ways.


17 posted on 10/26/2010 12:59:41 PM PDT by DManA
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To: stocksthatgoup

Don’t worry Gold’s....the only exercise liberals get is drinking coffee at Starbucks.


18 posted on 10/26/2010 12:59:41 PM PDT by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy...name change necessary after the Marxist won)
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To: Beaten Valve
"...parent company's owner made a large, private donation..."

I guess somebody made it not so private.
Inquirying minds want to know who.
19 posted on 10/26/2010 1:00:50 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (I can see November from my window... It's now on my front porch!)
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To: Beaten Valve
an online petition, which now has more than 4,000 signatures, calling on Gold's to stop its corporate executives from "taking money from customers and spending it in order to elect anti-gay politicians."

So, the execs are mugging customers in the locker rooms, or embezzeling corporate funds, then donating the stolen money? Don't sign a petition; call the cops!

Or are the execs using thier own money, that they earned, to donate to groups of their choice? So shut up, already, and MYOB.

20 posted on 10/26/2010 1:23:23 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Not bought, and nobody's bot.)
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To: Beaten Valve
...the donations betrayed Gold's strong ties to the gay community.

Lots of straight people aren't too comfortable about using a locker room in a gay gym.

21 posted on 10/26/2010 1:32:21 PM PDT by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: Beaten Valve
"I'm too sexy for the GOP."


22 posted on 10/26/2010 1:32:46 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Beaten Valve

Love the liberal tolerance. Hey, it’s just fine that Golds Gym feels the wrath of the public. It’s their right. But man, are these lefties hateful.


23 posted on 10/26/2010 1:38:59 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist. Obama sez I'm an enemy.)
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To: Beaten Valve
"Gold's Gym San Francisco has long been a pillar of the gay community. "

In other words it's a favorite hookup site.

24 posted on 10/26/2010 1:43:59 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: Vision
Thanks, I get so damned tired of making that distinction.

How anyone could possibly pervert the word for happy into describing the dreary, downbeat homosexual "lifestyle" is a case for the history books.

25 posted on 10/26/2010 2:37:36 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

The Gold’s Gym I belonged to in Portland patched over to join Bally’s and everything got nicer. The machines were all fixed, the changing rooms had the carpet replaced, etc. It has continued to be maintained for five years at a much higher level than Gold’s did.


26 posted on 10/26/2010 3:01:26 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Beaten Valve

I refuse to buy Levi products because of their outrageous support of gays and their agenda.


27 posted on 10/26/2010 3:06:13 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: ntmxx; SatinDoll; Beaten Valve

>>> Homo-Leninists stock-in-trade:…Intolerance

How is this story any different from the fairly regular FR posts and threads calling for boycotting some company or individual for supporting democrats or similar agendas?

“I refuse to buy Levi products because of their outrageous support of gays and their agenda.”

My guess is if you could peel away the rhetoric and grandstanding, these four gyms are more interested in getting away from the franchise fees to the parent corp then they are in this one political issue. Follow the money.


28 posted on 10/26/2010 8:51:30 PM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

“...getting away from the franchise fees...”

Excellent point; although as with everything in business it does boil down to the cost of doing business; even Homo-Leninists like to make money when it is in their favor.


29 posted on 10/26/2010 8:55:39 PM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about their misdirection!)
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To: tlb

Your guess is no doubt correct.


30 posted on 10/26/2010 8:56:08 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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