15 of the 25 'prospective corporate sponsors' of the Straight Pride parade are joining Netflix in refusing involvement, and some are threatening legal action
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- Facebook, Amazon, Google, and 22 other companies are listed as "prospective corporate sponsors" for a Straight Pride parade taking place next month in Boston.
- More than 15 of the companies contacted by Business Insider say they do not plan to sponsor the parade, and some say the organizers never reached out to them in the first place.
- Here is what each of the companies on the website say about sponsoring the event, and any connection to the Straight Pride parade.
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At least 16 companies listed as "prospective corporate sponsors" for a planned Straight Pride Parade in Boston say they have no plans to sponsor or participate in the August event.
Super Happy Fun America, the anti-LGBTQ nonprofit organization behind the parade, recently posted a list of "prospective corporate sponsors" for the parade to its website. The 25 companies in the list include several tech companies, including Netflix, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, and Yelp.
Six of the companies on the sponsorship list have already contacted the organizers and had their names crossed out on the website. Netflix recently wrote a scathing cease-and-desist letter to Super Happy Fun America, telling the organizers that the streaming service's legal department "is here, it's queer, and it's telling you to steer clear."
Business Insider reached out to the remaining 19 companies listed, and many of them told us they have no plans to participate in or sponsor the event. Some of the companies told Business Insider they've sent cease-and-desist letters to the organizers for using their names and logos on the Straight Pride website.
Furthermore, some said they were never contacted by the organizers in the first place about potential sponsorship. However, Super Happy Fun America president John Hugo told Business Insider that claim is "absurd" and "absolutely a lie."
"That's a lie, we sent them all emails," Hugo said. "We are not anti-gay. We are pro-straight, there's a big difference."
Here's what each of the 25 companies listed as "prospective corporate sponsors" have to say about their inclusion on the Straight Pride Parade's website: