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After the stab-in-the-back to gay rights from Microsoft, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center has asked for Microsoft to return the award the center gave them.  

Microsoft has had plenty of time in the last couple days for lies and obfuscations in the press -- but they haven't even returned the center's calls, no less the award.


Below are some email and phone numbers to call and ask for the award. GOT MORE MICROSOFT CONTACT NUMBERS, PLEASE PASS 'EM ON!

Demand that Microsoft give back the Corporate Vision Award from the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, and that they remove any reference to the award from Microsoft's Web site.

  1. Call Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith, (425) 706-3025. He is reportedly responsible for much of this mess.

  2. Call Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler:
(425) 443-0458 and
(425) 703-6061

  1. Call director of Government Relations, Jack Krumholtz, at tel. 202-263-5900

  2. Contact these other contacts for Microsoft and its public relations reps and tell them the same thing:

- Dirk Delmartino,
Microsoft Europe
+32 (0)2 550 06 21

- The firm handling public policy for Microsoft in DC:
The Glover Park Group
Washington, DC

- The firm handling Microsoft's "rapid response" to questions:
Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response Team

- Media Relations for Microsoft
Global Communications & Television
(212) 339-9920

- Microsoft Investor Relations
Curt Anderson
(425) 706-3703

  • Walt McGraw, Edelman, (206) 223-1606,

  • Shon Damron, Edelman, (323) 857-9100,

Carlos de Leon,tel. 425-703-3824, or

Katie Goldberg, tel. 206-268-2244, or

Two email addresses I gleaned off their web site:,


Originally posted to judybrowni on Mon Apr 25, 2005 at 06:26 PM PDT.

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  •  M$ caved to pressure (none)
    I personally don't believe it was the pressure from the wacky fundie minister, but something much seedier.  (Everyone know that Gates' father is partner in the lobbying firm used by Abramoff -- of DeLay infamy?  Everyone know that the CEO of M$, Ballmer primarily donates to the GOP?).

    They sold out the homosexual community and their employees but not backing basic human rights legislation.  This was about jobs, housing, etc...nothing at all controversial.

    The LA Gay & Lesbian Center deserves major kudos for standing up for what is right and asking for the award back.  M$ no longer deserves to promote the fact that they were given this award.  Complete crap that they have not returned calls from the LA Gay & Lesbian Center!  

    Give the award back, and remove your references to it from your website, M$ !!

  •  Brad Smith's phone number is wrong... (none)
    Goes right to MSwitchboard, and there are a number of people with that name... so, no go on Mr. Smith.

    Of course he's written in the Lamb's Book of Life. He's the Antagonist.

    by ultrageek on Mon Apr 25, 2005 at 07:04:51 PM PDT

    Couldn't get thru to Brad Smith either, the second time, anyway (could be they've set it up so we can't), but here's a little trick I learned from other phone campaigns: change the last of the four numbers in the equation, and you'll get another Microsoft number, and you can leave your message there.

    If they're not going to give us a way to reach Brad, what can we do but ask another Microsoft employee to pass on the message?

    I did so very politely.

    In fact, if you suspect the other voice mail messages aren't getting thru, that's a good plan for the rest of 'em, too.

  •  IMHO, they don't care about the award (none)
    But they're well pleased if GBLT activists let themselves get distracted over smoke and mirrors issues, and I'm afraid that the award issue is one of those. They do not want activists to realize, "Hey, if we don't like what MS is doing, why the hell are we giving them our money?" They want you to worry about the award instead.

    The place to hit Microsoft is in the bank account.

    Buy Apple (MacMini starts at $499 - and has a rather nice bundled set of applications), or if you have to stay with Windows, delay buying OS and application upgrades until you have a better reason to buy than because "Bill says so".

    When your MS Word can't read W2003 and it's happening enough to be a problem, that's when it's time to consider upgrading, for instance.

    The time to deliver MS a message is now, and the message they'll listen to is "WE WILL STOP GIVING YOU OUR MONEY."

    The GLBT community can best hit MS with a campaign directly aimed at their product lines.

    How about a "I won't buy Microsoft" pledge? Publically taking a hammer to a Windows box? Do what you can to tag MS with the Christian Right crazies and you can hurt them worldwide.

    Is your business running web or other applications servers? You can probably reduce your costs and increase your performance and immunity to malware attacks and getting 0wn3d by going with Linux or Apple. (IMHO, for this use, Linux is probably a better buy)

    Speaking as an Open Source supporter posting from a Linux (FC2) box, Linux is NOT a realistic option for an end user who does not have hands-on support... either a help desk at work or a friend/relative/somebody who'll show up in person when you need that person to... unless the box was intended as a locked-down appliance.

    Hopefully, what's wrong with it for the home/SOHO user will be fixed a year from now.

    However, Linux is an option for some businesses (the ones who can afford a help desk).

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Mon Apr 25, 2005 at 08:29:25 PM PDT

    •  one other thing... (none)
      to hurt MS worldwide, tie them to Bush.

      OpenSecrets has the record of MS campaign contributions to Bush. There's plenty on Bush's DOJ turning off the penalty phase of the MS antitrust prosecution in response to MS campaign contributions.

      There's plenty on MS trying to push various foriegn countries not to support Open Source initiatives in their countries in offensive ways.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Mon Apr 25, 2005 at 09:53:10 PM PDT

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