The retailer insists it agreed to make the contribution as a way of helping prevent AIDS. But the American Family Association points out the official Gay Games website has a statement that promotes the very type of activity Walgreens says they are trying to prevent.
“The Gay Games Social Committee is currently in the process of gathering together Chicago’s best bars and clubs, and some of the biggest and best party promoters in the country to create a Social Schedule unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Chicago’s LGBT scene is fierce no matter what time of year it is, but during that one week in July 2006, we are committed to making sure you have the time of your life.”
Calling it a gift to “placate homosexual activists,” AFA says the donation puts Walgreens in the top Premium Category of sponsorship.
“If any group should be aware of the dangers of AIDS and how to prevent it, it should be homosexual activists,” says AFA. “Billions of tax dollars have been spent to educate the public about AIDS.”
AFA acquired photos taken at the previous Gay Games to document what kinds of activities occur at the event, but warns the images are extremely offensive and provided only as proof.
According to the Gay Games website, Chicago-based CNA insurance is also a sponsor.
“At CNA, we understand the importance of building lasting relationships with the communities where we live and work,” said Sarah Pang, senior vice president of Corporate Communications. “We are delighted to support the 2006 Gay Games right here in our hometown of Chicago.”
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will serve as “honorary co-chairman of the 2006 Gay Games Champions program.”