from boston.com/ap, no byline
BOSTON [June 7, 2006 ] — A controversy over gay rights has erupted over a display window outside Macy’s in Downtown Crossing.
Part of a display supporting “Gay Pride Week” has been removed.
It showed two male mannequins, one wearing a rainbow-colored towel, standing next to a list of gay pride events.
The Boston Herald reported that the store pulled the mannequins after complaints from a group called Mass Resistance.
Gay rights advocates and Mayor Tom Menino are now criticizing Macy’s for buckling to the pressure.
from the boston herald examiner
Pride and prejudice: Macy’s yanks gay display, blasted by both sides0-5314
By Kimberly Atkins
Boston Herald Reporter
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - Updated: 04:13 AM EST
Macy’s department store found itself mired in a fierce national debate between conservatives and gay activists when it bowed to complaints and removed part of a window display marking Boston Pride Week.
The Downtown Crossing store display featured two male mannequins - one wearing a gay pride rainbow flag around its waist - standing near a list of several planned Boston Pride events.
The display was designed by Macy’s with the approval of the Boston Pride Committee.
But the store yanked the mannequins from the window after MassResistance, the conservative group formerly named Article 8 Alliance which has also campaigned against sex education and gay-themed books in public schools, complained the display was offensive.
“They were male mannequins with enlarged breasts, and one was wearing a skirt,” said MassResistance president Brian Camenker, referring to the gay pride flag wrapped around one figure, cinched with a white belt. “It was really disgusting.”
Elina Kazan, New York-based spokeswoman for Macy’s, said the decision to pull the dummies, but leave the rest of the display, was an effort to strike a balance.
macy’s celebrates gay pride in boston by mounting, then removing “most offensive part” of “boston pride” display window (two “gay” mannequins with pecs and nipples showing thru shirts, one wearing a rainbow flag-like beach towel) after an effective pressure campaign is quickly & successfully grandstanded by anti-gay group massResistance, formerly article 8. all sides are pissed at macy’s/federated.
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322.1 suite sheet
322.2 overview: two news items from boston
322.4 brian camenker—wikipedia entry & link
322.5 brian camenker—towleroad entry & link
322.6 boston herald columnist/radio talkshow host margery eagan blasts camenker & link
322.7 brian camenker in response & link (massResistenceWatch)
322.8 brian camenker’s successful campaign: seven things to learn
322.9 cindy beal on brian camenker’s tactics in 2000 & rk’s text comments & link