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LGBT activists present 45,000 petition signatures to IKEA U.S. Headquarters in Conshohocken
Montgomery News ^ | Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | Brendan Wills

Posted on 01/15/2014 12:14:52 PM PST by Phillyred


Members of the LGBT community met outside of the IKEA U.S. Corporate Headquarters on Allen Wood Road in Conshohocken to present 45,000 signatures protesting IKEA’s recall of an article about a lesbian couple from the Russian version of IKEA Family Live Magazine.

The article about two lesbians raising their son in a small London flat appeared in the December issue of the magazine, but was pulled from the Russian edition so as not to interfere with Russia’s “homosexual propaganda laws” that ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” and prohibits minors from receiving information regarding homosexuality, according to a release from the Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association.

Members of the LGBT community have criticized IKEA’s self-censure, calling on the company to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws rather than adhere to them.

Members of Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, Russian-Speaking American (RUSA) LGBT Association and LGBT Assistance Russia organized an online petition through change.com and getequal.org that asked LGBT supporters to give their signatures. The petition demands IKEA republish the magazine and issue a statement condemning Russia’s “ban on promoting LGBT rights.”

President of Spectrum Human Rights Larry Poltavtsev, RUSA LGBT activist Luke Ellenberg and founder of LGBT Assistance Russia and LGBT activist Vlad Rekhovskyy traveled from New York and Washington D.C. to deliver the USB flashdrive that contained the 45,000-signature document.

“In our day and age there is such a thing as corporate responsibility,” Poltavtsev said. “Corporations need to set a standard that won’t tolerate the persecution of people for a cause of hatred and violence.”

Outside of the IKEA U.S. Corporate Headquarters, the four activists made signs protesting the removal of the article.

As the activists took pictures outside the door to the offices, they were approached by an IKEA representative who identified himself as Mike Cavaliere. Cavaliere initially asked the activists to remove themselves from the premises.

When Poltavtsev and Ellenberg explained their purpose, Cavaliere informed them he would take the signatures and try to deliver them to someone who is capable of accepting them and speaking with the activists.

“We’re happy someone was eventually willing to talk with us,” Poltavtsev said while they waited for Cavaliere to return. He admitted the group was initially doubtful they would be able to deliver their message.

A few minutes later, Cavaliere returned and invited Ellington to come inside the building by himself to meet with another IKEA representative, Stacey Kelly, who accepted the signatures and again promised to deliver them to the appropriate people within U.S. IKEA.

Kelly was not available for comment.

Poltavstev said in a statement issued before the delivery of the signatures that IKEA has a solid history of LGBT support, but came up short this time around.

“IKEA has historically been a strong ally to the LGBT community. But they’ve really failed their LGBT costumers here, and particularly LGBT people in Russia. Based on IKEA’s history, they should have known better and need to issue a clear statement of support for LGBT Russians,” Poltavtsev said.

Ellington agreed with Poltavtsev, citing IKEA television commercials that aired in the U.S. featuring gay couples demonstrating IKEA products.

In the same statement, Yelena Goltsman, founder and co-president of RUSA LGBT, called on IKEA to condemn Russia’s laws.

“Companies doing business in Russia simply can’t remain silent anymore when it come to the human rights violations of LGBT Russians,” Goltsman said. “It’s time for IKEA to do the right thing, stand by their corporate values of equality and stand with LGBT Russians.”

“We can’t go to Sweden so we need to initiate action where we can, and that’s here,” Ellington said about their goal in coming to the U.S. headquarters. “We are hopeful that they will pass the message along to their Swedish counterparts.

“We hope IKEA seriously considers putting the article back in or into an upcoming edition,” Ellington said. “It’s such a great platform for educating people about the LGBT community. It’s a great way to say, ‘Look at this family. We’re the same.’”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corporateliberalism; fundamentalisthomos; gaystapotactics; homosexualagenda; ikea; lavendermafia; lesbianfamilies; olympics; russia

1 posted on 01/15/2014 12:14:52 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

I thought it was LGBiQTPPed by now or something


2 posted on 01/15/2014 12:16:39 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Phillyred

My advice to Russia... Burn the catalogs when they arrive at the depots.


3 posted on 01/15/2014 12:18:06 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Phillyred

How do you say GFY in Russian ?


4 posted on 01/15/2014 12:19:24 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Phillyred

Careful what you embrace, IKEA. “J C Penny” mean anything to you?


5 posted on 01/15/2014 12:22:30 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Phillyred

What a wretched life...perpetually offended and/or enraged. Self-loathers, indeed.


6 posted on 01/15/2014 12:23:58 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: GeronL

You forgot the “Be” for “Bestial.”


7 posted on 01/15/2014 12:25:14 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: GeronL

And “F” or “Fu” for “Furries.”


8 posted on 01/15/2014 12:26:08 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

lol

definitely needed some vowels


9 posted on 01/15/2014 12:26:33 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: shibumi

And “F” or “Fu” for “Furries.”

Fu for furries definitely


10 posted on 01/15/2014 12:37:09 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Phillyred

Strangely they are silent about Ghey people being executed by the loving Muslim Sharia governments in the middle east....

I guess it is perfectly okay if killing gheys is part of your so called “culture”....

As long as you get a young boy or goat that is....


11 posted on 01/15/2014 12:38:23 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Only Christians are evil. Muslims are OK. Pagans are best. I mean, if you have to believe in something.


12 posted on 01/15/2014 1:01:00 PM PST by madprof98
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To: Phillyred

Wipe your a__ with the petition and return it to the authors.


13 posted on 01/15/2014 1:05:53 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Phillyred

How’s Ingvar Kamprad going to explain this to his Swiss neighbors?


14 posted on 01/15/2014 1:15:41 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: madprof98

That about sums it up. It’ll be a cold day in Hell that a libtard criticizes any Muzzie country for stoning women or killing gays.


15 posted on 01/15/2014 1:15:50 PM PST by esoxmagnum (Turtles don't win fights. Victory belongs to the aggressor, not the guy hiding in a bunker.)
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