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GLAAD-LA endorses boycott of Colorado

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles, has endorsed a national boycott of Colorado because of the state’s passage of Amendment 2 on Nov. 3.

The legislation voids all existing ordinances in the state that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The passage of Amendment 2 surprised many people both in and outside of Colorado, as pre-election polls indicated it would go down to defeat.

GLAAD exec director David Smith said yesterday that the group will begin immediately to solicit key endorsements of the boycott from the entertainment industry and will lobby entertainment employers not to film in Colorado and not to vacation there.

GLAAD-LA also is consulting with other regional GLAAD chapters about a coordinated nationwide effort.

Smith said more details of GLAAD-LA’s plans to mobilize the entertainment industry will be revealed shortly.

Anecdotal evidence from gays and lesbians in the state suggest an upsurge in harassment against them since election day, and some say they fear they may now be discriminated against in housing, employment and other services without recourse.

The GLAAD-LA endorsement of a boycott is part of a burgeoning effort to organize the entertainment industry in protest of Amendment 2. Record industry publicist Phil Lobell recently launched a boycott campaign under the organizational banner Coloradans & Californians for Fairness in the Nation (COFFIN) (Daily Variety, Nov. 17).

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