Did the boycott against Home Depot’s gay activism work?

home depotAs many of you know, Home Depot has been an active and vocal supporter of the gay agenda, making large financial contributions to the cause for homosexual marriage and sponsoring floats in gay pride parades.

In response, a number of people opposed to the radical gay agenda chose to boycott Home Depot.

I just received this encouraging email from the American Family Association, one of the sponsors of the boycott:

…I’m glad to report to you that we are suspending the boycott of Home Depot. After monitoring the company for several months, AFA is satisfied the company has withdrawn its major financial contributions to gay activist groups and events.

I truly believe this is a direct result of your willingness to become involved. In fact, more than 750,000 people signed the Boycott Home Depot Pledge.

Although Home Depot has made changes, we will continue to monitor their behavior. We suspect Home Depot will publicly deny having made changes, but their actions speak louder than words…

I don’t personally recall signing any pledge, but hey, no problem.  I’ll help however I can.  In the case of Home Depot it was easy anyway, since I haven’t gone there for years, ever since they made advanced dementia a job requirement for their employees.  Real nice folks – don’t get me wrong.  But every person I ever asked for help seemed like they had just escaped from Shady Acres and wandered into a nice orange apron.  More staring, more looking confused.  That’s the power of Nursing Home Depot.

Anyway, the boycott.  I’m not opposed to boycotting as a matter of principle, withholding your hard-earned dollars from businesses who take positions you find objectionable as a gesture of defiance – “You won’t get my money, not so long as you support x, y, or z!”

That said, I’m not convinced that boycotts like this, even the big organized ones, really have much economic impact on the target of the boycott.  I certainly haven’t received a call yet from Starbucks begging for mercy.

Did the boycott against Home Depot work?  Maybe.  As noted by the AFA, Home Depot will almost certainly deny that they were influenced by the boycott.

Who knows?  Maybe they’ll claim they were the victim of gay conversion therapy.


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  • Deborah

    My husband and I signed the HD boycott, and it was tough breaking the habit cause we were regular shoppers. Well, let me say, you can break the addiction permanently. We don’t even think HomeDepot for anything anymore, and don’t even miss it.

    So, stick to it folks. Ultimately, we don’t even need these companies, anyway.

  • Captain America

    Does Home Depot monitor the web at all? Will these comments be read by their PR people?

    At any rate, we gladly stopped buying at Home Depot. This was easy to do, since they have competitors virtually across the street in every city close to us.

    Just go across the street.

  • http://CatholicReligionTeacher.com Greg Aitchison

    I signed the Home Depot boycott, sent them a message, and have purposefully taken my business to Menards ever since. I would like to think that the voices and wallets of 750,000 people at least sent them a strong message, if not also helped change their practices.

    John, correct me if I’m wrong, but you seem to have lost hope in the power of people taking a stand against the Home Depots and Starbucks of the world. But we all know that money talks, and if enough people get to talking surely the businesses will start to listen (or at least take a huge profit hit which they’ll blame us for).

    As for me, I’m going to keep fighting the good fight as best I can and not give up simply because the soldiers are few. It only took 12 people a few thousand years ago to rock the boat after all.

  • Patrick

    Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes offered a response AFA’s announcement this week, indicating that nothing at the company has changed since the boycott began.:

    “We haven’t made any changes to our policies for inclusion and respect of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation. We have not directed our associates to discontinue participation in Pride or other community events, and have no intention of doing so. ”

    So, the answer is the boycott didn’t work.

    • John

      Perhaps the boycott did work. AFA’s claim was that HD had withdrawn its financial support for gay causes. Your quote relates to “inclusion” policies (whatever that means), but says nothing about HD’s financial contributions. I think more information is needed here before we can draw conclusions.

      • Patrick

        John, if you need more info than this then I say to you there’s none so blind as those who will not see.

        • Beth

          The point of the boycott is not to change opinions or policies. The point is to stop funding. As a customer, I don’t want the money I pay for services to be given to causes that violate my deeply held religious beliefs, so I choose businesses accordingly. If Home Depot has stopped the funding, that is success and I will shop there again.


    Dear John ~”Dementia” “Shady Acres” “Nursing Home Depot?” Are you referring to
    Home Depot’s hiring of older workers? Remember, someday you’ll be old too. ~ Pax, Greg

  • joey

    You seem to be making about this whole situation, “Maybe they’ll claim they were the victim of gay conversion therapy.” Seriously? It seems like the AFA has brainwashed you too.



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