Seattle Pride ends partnership with Amazon on political donations

An Amazon spokesperson said the company works with policymakers on a wide range of issues, but that doesn’t mean they agree with them “100% of the time.”

SEATTLE — Seattle Pride is cutting ties with Amazon over alleged donations to anti-LGBTQ+ politicians and the involvement of anti-LGBTQ+ organizations in the company’s AmazonSmile program.

Seattle Pride cited reports that the company donated more than $450,000 to lawmakers who voted against the Equality Act in 2020. The bill would have amended the Civil Rights Act to make it illegal discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in employment. , federal funding, education and other areas.

The organization also cited $11,000 in contributions Amazon made to Washington lawmakers who sponsored anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-transgender bills during the 2022 session.

“We simply cannot partner with an organization that actively harms our community by supporting discriminatory laws and policies,” Seattle Pride said in a statement.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company is working with lawmakers on a wide range of issues that impact their business, but that doesn’t mean they agree with “any political individual or organization to 100% of the time on every issue.”

“This includes legislation that discriminates or encourages discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community,” a spokesperson said.

The company then cited its support for Seattle Pride and LGBTQ+ issues nationwide.

“Amazon has long supported Seattle Pride because we believe the rights of LGBTQ+ people should be protected. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, were early and strong supporters of marriage equality, and are working at the US federal and state level on legislation, including supporting the passage of the Equality Act.” a spokesperson said. “We also work hard to provide an inclusive environment for employees and for five consecutive years we have received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index. man.

Seattle Pride said organizers are also “deeply concerned” about the company’s AmazonSmile program, which allows customers to donate to charity when shopping. Seattle Pride cited a survey that found more than 40 anti-LGBTQ+ organizations have signed up to receive funds through the program.

Amazon said that an organization’s participation in the AmazonSmile program does not imply that the company endorses its views.

Seattle Pride hopes to make up lost sponsorship money through donations.