Highlights From Gay Activist Letter Threatening Boycott Over Rep. West's Florida Invitation


Michael Emanuel Rajner is the Legislative Director of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus. Here are some highlight from the letter he sent to Celeste Ellich, President of the Wilton Manors Business Association as soon as he found out Rep. Allen West had been invited to address the business group (formatting original to Rajner):

This morning I was shocked to read your email below announcing that WMBA is hosting anti-gay and fear-mongering Allen West who in his role has publicly worked to advance social injustice.

... Bullies and opportunists like West have actively worked against the advancement of social justice for GLBT-people and others.

... Celeste, I’m demanding that you take a courageous stand of leadership for the rights of GLBT-Americans as President of the Wilton Manors Business Association and disinvite West to your August 8th meeting. If not, GLBT-community leaders and other social justice advocates will:

  • Call for your resignation;
  • Call on businesses to disavow the Wilton Manors Business Association for placing profits ahead of human rights; and
  • Call on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-community to boycott any and all businesses who are a member of the Wilton Manors Business Association, including GLBT-owned businesses willing to put profits ahead of human rights

Rajner concludes his letter by signing it "Yours in the struggle for social justice".