Very interesting articles in this weeks Gay Newspaper Bay Windows
First of all, there's a letter from the CEO and Chairman of Macy's East, Ron Klein, saying it was never anybodys intention to take the breasted man mannequins out of their window. I couldn't find the letter on the online version of this weeks issue but I'll post it a little later on if I can find the link.
"I would like to take this opportunity to shed some light on a very troublesome week in Boston. First, let me stress that Macy's commitment to diversity and to the GLBT community is unwavering. Our history is rooted in inclusiveness, and it is a core principle of Macy's. I do recognize, however, that during Boston Pride Week, our actions did not appear to support that commitment. Every one of us in the Macy's family sincerely regrets that we had genuinely intended to be a celebration of Gay Pride Week became the center of controversy. ... When the controversy arose over the content of our display, the decision was made to maintain the display with no changes. We wanted to stand firm in our support of Boston Pride Week and the GLBT Community - - just as we always have.
Unfortunately, as sometimes happens in large organizations, a miscommunication occured and the controversial mannequins were not removed because of pressure - - but because of an internal breakdown in communication. Macy's mistake - unquestionably.
Some can also call our decision not to return the mannequins to the window a mistake. ....
Am I regretful that Macy's made a misstep in this instance? Yes. I am also regretful that some may question our commitment to the GLBT community based on this incident. However, I am hopeful that Macy's long track record of support for inclusion and diversity will be remembered by the GLB T community and will be a strong counterbalance now that the facts are known."
This guy ought to work for the Chancery! He is a master at the spin!!!
Why wouldn’t a Catholic priest be here?’” said Cuenin, provoking applause from the crowd. “In the tradition of my own Christian faith it seems to me as I read it that Jesus was always with those who were often the target of hatred and persecution. The tax collectors and prostitutes and people whose lives weren’t always perfect were the people he had at his dinner table.
Why didn't he ever have a prostitute support group, ministry and worship services?