Actor and LGBT activist George Takei has called for a boycott of Indiana, including GenCon, the world's largest gaming convention, in response to the Religious Freedom law enacted today.
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Before he signed SB101, Indiana's new "religious freedom" bill into law, George Takei warned Governor Mike Pence that:
"Indiana will be marked as a state where certain people are not welcome, and so we will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events."
But sign Gov. Pence did, assuring bigotry has a home in Indiana.
"This bill is strikingly similar to one proposed - and vetoed due to public outcry—in Arizona." Said Takei. "Such laws harken back to a time where our society was divided, and people of color were banned from white establishments. That is not our nation any longer, and those are not our values."
Now, Takei has called for nothing less than a full out boycott of the state of Indiana, singling out GenCon as one of the possible places the LGBT community could apply pressure. That goal is more than wishful thinking too. The $50 million event is the largest game convention in North America, and this week its CEO wrote a letter to Gov. Pence threatening to pull the event out of the state if he signed the bill.
George Takei is urging GenCon to follow through, and encouraging others to join in a full out boycott of Indiana, writing on his Facebook page this afternoon:
"I am outraged that Gov. Pence would sign such a divisive measure into law. He has made it clear that LGBT couples, like Brad and me, are now unwelcome in his state. The notion that this bill was not driven by animus against our community is belied by the record and frankly insulting. I will join many in demanding that socially responsible companies withdraw their business, conferences and support from his state and that LGBTs and our friends and supporters refuse to visit or do business with Indiana. It is a sad day for the Hoosier state, and indeed for the many good people of Indiana, for whom this law now stands as a terrible blight upon that state's reputation."
We at the New Civil Rights Movement are on board. Warp speed ahead!
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