(This is in the Pit because it’s also kind of a rant.)
So, my mother is the proud parent of a gay son. She belongs to PFLAG and is actually on the board of the chapter they’ve got out in the Chicago suburbs. Every month she faithfully goes out and buys and issue of The Advocate so that she’s caught up on some of the issues.
She related this story to me: Over the weekend, she went to a Books-A-Million (“BAM!”) store in Hinsdale, IL and couldn’t find the current issue of the magazine. She went up to the counter and asked one of the workers where it was, and he informed her that they didn’t carry it. Apparently he leaned in closer and quietly said that while he didn’t have a problem with the magazine, “the company” was a Southern company with “Southern values”.
My mother didn’t stay to debate this point, because she decided she didn’t need to patronize that store and she walked out. She was, in her words, “pretty steamed” and decided that she was going to bring this matter to the attention of her PFLAG chapter and was also going to draft a letter to the Books-A-Million corporate office.
When I heard her story I did some searching. The Advocate is available from Books-A-Million online, and I didn’t find anything on Google or Snopes that said anything about the chain’s take on homosexuality. There’s a Books-A-Million here downtown, and I was thinking about running by there and seeing if they carry it.
I wanted to see if any Dopers knew anything about it, especially since this really has the potential to be one of those circulating e-mails that says, “boycott Books-A-Million!!!” and later turns up thoroughly debunked on Snopes or something. If there’s anything my mom sends to the company, I want to make sure the facts are straight.