After being postponed for three years as a direct result of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Seattle Pride Parade was held for the first time in person on a hot and muggy day. Thousands of people participated in the parade.
An overwhelming number of people marched along Fourth Avenue carrying rainbow flags and dressed in brightly colored costumes and floats. But following far behind them was a group of about two dozen Amazon employees carrying a big banner that proclaimed "No Hate at Amazon." Additionally, this is the name of the activist organization that is housed inside the Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth. Some of them were walking about with Transgender Pride flags draped over their bodies, platform boots on their feet, and a boom box playing dance music in the background.
They are holding a demonstration against the corporation because it is continuing to sell books that they believe are damaging to transgender youngsters. A representative for the march denied an interview request from Daily Wire and directed me to their website, where I could read a comprehensive list of the group's requests and grievances over Amazon.
The corporation is accused of creating a culture of hate via the sale of transphobic publications, advocating and profiting off material that advocates for the mistreatment of transgender children, which is an accusation made by Amazon.
Some Workers in Seattle held a protest at the company's Pride Flag raising ceremony earlier this month because they were upset about the continued sale of "transphobic" books. These books include "Irreversible Damage" by Abigail Shrier and "Johnny the Walrus" by The Daily Wire's Matt Walsh, among others. The ceremony was held to raise the Pride Flag for the company.
In addition, the organization referred to the ceremony of raising the Pride Flag as a "PR gimmick" that was "blatant rainbow-washing." This was in response to the fact that the company continued to offer material that helps and promotes the mental abuse of transgender children.
According to WaPo, Amazon discontinued selling the book "When Harry Became Sally" in March of 2021 due to the fact that it defined "LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness."
According to Bloomberg, as of right now, more than 600 staff have signed a petition to have the information deleted, and around 20 people have left the firm because they believe the selling of titles misrepresents what it means to be transgender. According to the individual, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation, several other transgender workers are also thinking of leaving after they complete certain gender-affirming treatments. This is a complicated and personal process that will take years and could be interrupted by switching jobs and insurance plans.
The organizers of Seattle Pride decided a few months ago to eliminate Amazon as a corporate sponsor, citing the company's backing of legislators and groups that back anti-LGBTQ legislation as the reason for the decision.
The LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD has also condemned Amazon's choice to continue selling the books even if activist workers want them taken off the shelves.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on DAILY WIRE.