Stop the Bullying: Stonewall's 'Bigot Award' this week
Take Action Now: Contact the Big-name British businesses supporting Stonewall’s Awards ceremony this Thursday (1st Nov) featuring the infamous 'Bigot of the Year' Award
Join our #bigotaward twitter campaign! Follow us and retweet: @CConcern
Those nominated for Stonewall's 'Bigot of the Year' award include a Cardinal, an Archbishop, a member of the House of Lords and the former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance. They have all spoken out against government plans to redefine marriage and want marriage to remain defined as the life long, exclusive commitment between a man and a woman – a position shared by up to 70% of the population.
Some may disagree with this position but the proper response is not to resort to ridicule but to engage with the arguments and the individuals who put them forward. Such name-calling is reminiscent of unpleasant playground antics and sabotages mature discussion of a very important issue about the future shape of our society. The tone is derisory, nominees are not given any right of reply and it shuts down discussion – hardly the way to build a cohesive society. It’s a far cry from modelling respect or engaging with diversity. Instead, it demonstrates bullying and mockery, things against which Stonewall professes to fight.
According to Stonewall's website, the Awards evening is supported by high street bank Barclays, global professional services firm PwC, the Queen's bank Coutts & Co and internet search engine Google.
Sadly, Stonewall’s aggressive and mocking tactics don’t come as a surprise. But are big names in business really ready to be associated with such behaviour? Do their customers, employees, shareholders, Directors or the general public know what they are supporting? Let’s make sure that they do.
LATEST NEWS: In response to emails from concerned members of the public, Coutts has informed Stonewall that it will withdraw its support for the event unless the 'Bigot of the Year' Award is dropped. Barclays has also told Stonewall that unless the Award is pulled, it will not support the event in the future.
Will PwC and Google follow their lead?
The Awards dinner takes place this Thursday (1st November) at the Victoria and Albert Museum so we need to act quickly. Let’s make sure that these big companies know how their brand is being used in the mockery of others.
What can you do?
- Follow us on twitter @CConcern and retweet our messages as we highlight what’s happening over the next few days.
- Post a link to this page on Facebook (cut and paste: www.christianconcern.com/bigot-award)
- Send an email to your friends
Contact the Leaders of PwC and Google UK
- Why not use this pre-prepared letter to the Chairman of PwC as a starting point for an email?
- You can cut and paste, personalise and then send.
- With some minor edits you could use for an email to Matt Brittin, Chief Executive of Google UK
- If you're a customer, employee or shareholder, please say so.
- See the contact details below for email addresses etc.
Why not also email the leaders of Barclays, Coutts and the Royal Bank of Scotland to thank them for their decisive action but also to express surprise that they still wish to be associated with Stonewall given its behaviour?
Email: Ian Powell, Chairman and Senior Partner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: Corporate PR Team 020 7213 4727
Write: Mr Ian Powell, PwC, 1 Embankment Place, London WC2N 6RH
Email: Matt Brittin, Chief Executive, Google UK - email@example.com
Telephone: 020 7031 3130
Write: Mr Matt Brittin, Chief Executive, Belgrave House 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TQ
Email: Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive - firstname.lastname@example.org - please copy in: email@example.com as some people have had difficulty with Mr Jenkins' email address
Telephone: Investor Relations 020 7116 1000
Write: Mr Antony Jenkins, Barclays Bank PLC, 1 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HP
Coutts & Co
Email: Michael Morley, Chief Executive - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: Press Office 020 7957 2427
Write: Mr Michael Morley, Coutts & Co, 440 Strand, London WC2R 0QS
Royal Bank of Scotland
(RBS is the parent company of Coutts - one of the sponsors of the event)