I was reading blogs this morning and came across this on Starbucks. I have heard of the issues with their cups but decided that it wasn't a big deal (they had many different people talking about "the way I see it")

Now, I'm confronted with this:

a letter to boycot starbucks. in it, it had stated that they supported a gay pride parade in San Diego and some other interesting items, thus the call was for people to boycott their venti double soy lattes with a singe mint twists ala mode w/ light foam, chocolate powder on and top extra hot. well, its not that i don't trust people, i do but i also like to make sure that facts are straight in order to protect the accuser as well as the accused. So after email #10 0r 11 i decided to email Starbucks corporate HQ for verification and accuracy of the widely circulated email

Well, it turns out that Starbucks did indeed respond:

Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.

As a Company, we are deeply committed to our Mission Statement and Guiding Principles. One of our six principles is "embracing diversity as an essential component to the way we do business." This includes the gay and lesbian community.

Starbucks has a long history of giving back to communities where we operate. Supporting local events like the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Festival gives us the opportunity to give back to the community of San Diego. We also strive to support organizations that are important to our partners (employees) and customers. Starbucks was among many local and national companies listed as a sponsor and participant, including the San Diego County Police Chiefs and Sheriff's Association.

Starbucks is aware that three sex offenders volunteered for the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Festival this year. The three volunteers have resigned as Pride Festival volunteers. The Pride Festival organizers are also taking steps to institute new screening procedures for volunteers and staff who work at next year's event.

So, it turns out that it is true. And the company is proud of it. I wonder if they "supported any local events such as a Promise Keepers convention, a Christian movie night in the park, or any other such thing? Probably not, but I don't know for sure.

I usually didn't go to Starbucks all that much to start with–I thought their coffee was way way too expensive–but I probably won't be going at all now.

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