Rolling Stone report: Corps. with Pride ads donated to anti-LGBTQ lawmakers in 2020

Tue. June 15, 2021 7:58 AM by Gerald Farinas

at&t 'turn up the love' event in chicago, 2018

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Report: AT&T has made at least 327 donations totaling $204,350 to 133 anti-LGBTQ legislator

Corporations have embraced the LGBTQ community and have highly commercialized Pride month—celebrated each June.

But as brands unfurl rainbow and transgender stripes across products and shopfronts, an independent organization peeked under the colors.

This week, Rolling Stone reported that Corporate Accountability Action looked at contributions by the biggest U.S. brands touting diversity, equity, and inclusion to pols in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida, specifically.

Telecom leviathan AT&T is the most atrocious, dressing in Pride colors then donating to lawmakers that want to restrict rights.

They cut 327 checks to 133 politicians with prejudiced voting histories.

The total contribution: $204,350.

And by the way, AT&T helped bankroll the hotly contested Kentucky U.S. Senate race.

Mitch McConnell received $56,295 from AT&T—parent company of CNN, HBO Max, Adult Swim, DC Comics, Warner Bros., among others.

Diet Coke is popular in LGBTQ demographic—and so are other Coca-Cola brands—Schweppes, Smartwater, Vitaminwater, Simply, Honest tea, Fairlife milk, Gold Peak, Topo Chico, among others.

Coca-Cola has been a big presence at the big city Pride parades and festivals—including Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Twin Cities.

But it doesn't match the corporation's donations to 23 anti-LGBTQ 'family values' politicians in the southern states targeted.

The total contribution: $9,550.

Corporate Accountability Action and the Rolling Stone report also cited beer behemoth Anheuser-Busch and car titan General Motors as big spenders in anti-LGBTQ political campaigns.