GayGamer Profiles 11 Tech And Entertainment Industry Prop 8 Donors

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The recent controversy over Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who donated to California's Prop 8, has reopened some old discussions and prompted GayGamer.net's Jean-Luc "Neshoba" Pierite to do some digging into that donor list and see who else in the tech and entertainment industries contributed to the fight against marriage equality.

Aided by a database tool provided online by the LA Times, Pierite profiled almost a dozen individuals from various sectors of the entertainment and tech industry. Some of the offenders include:

  • Jeremy Gess, former Sr. Game Designer for Defiance at Trion Worlds, who donated $100
  • Hyrum V. Osmond, Character Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, who donated $2200
  • Aldric La'auli Porter, Assistant Director and Co-Producer for various films including The Hunger Games series and A Beautiful Mind, who donated $6000
  • Keneth Swanson, creator of JavaScript and engineer at Oracle/Sun Microsystems, who donated $8901 as well as $2000 for Family Research Council Action PAC

You can read the full list at GayGamer.net and use the LA Times database tool to search for other donors who wasted their money to fight against equality.

Comments

  1. The Milkman says

    This is a ridiculous exercise. The issue with Eich was a combination of factors, including his CEO status (which meant that his personal views affected the direction and operation of the company more so than other positions) and the fact that his donation was to a specific issue (taking human rights away from LGBT people) rather than to a candidate or party. Those things, coupled with Eich’s refusal to discuss his current opinions on LGBT human rights issues, resulted in a situation that made Eich’s continued tenure at Mozilla impossible. The market spoke, and Eich was out.

    The rest of these people are in a very different position of influence than Eich was. Their personal views would not have a significant impact on the organization one way or another. Their donations deserve social opprobrium, but not much else.

    We told the bigots that they’d regret these donations and be ashamed of them one day. It’s not like they weren’t warned.

  2. JackFknTwist says

    Before anyone hints that this is a witch hunt the better view, it seems to me, is that if a person donates to a cause which seeks to deny a class of citizens of equality of rights, then that person needs to account for his/her anti-democratic bias.

    Just like the Catholic church must be held accountable for its medieval classification of gays as “intrinsically defective”.

    Accountability, truth, exposure of double standards…….let’s nail this issue of alleged
    bullying once and for all.
    It is only a diversionary tactic by the supporters of a bigot’s view of democracy.

  3. northalabama says

    what are their opinions of prop 8? do they now support marriage equality? how many have been selected as ceo?

    too many unanswered questions to make anything out of this info.

  4. pete n sfo says

    There’s a big difference betwn Eich & these donations. However, I do enjoy that there’s a likelihood that they will have to defend their actions in the present day.

    Not a witch hunt, or an infringement on their speech, but still, an accountability. It was a really awful moment in CA history & not that long ago.

  5. John M says

    OK, this is officially a witch hunt now.

    We’ve won; let’s not gloat by having these people blacklisted from ever working again for donating relatively small amounts of money to the Prop 8 campaign (which, by the way, was overturned if you hadn’t noticed). You hate it how Christians are ranting about being “persecuted” now? Wait til more of these witch hunts are carried out and they might actually have something to complain about.

    We’re riding an amazing groundswell of support right now from people of all backgrounds, who might not have been our friends just 5 years ago. Eyes on the prize, people!

  6. Jason Young says

    So basically if you hate gay people and work in the tech industry in Silicon Valley, you either went to BYU or helped invent Javascript. As if we really needed another reason to hate Javascript…

  7. JackFknTwist says

    @JOHN M:
    No, you’re wrong.
    Those who supported segregation were named.
    Let those who supported unequal rights be named.

    It’s a matter of justice equality parity of esteem.
    I don’t want to see the Hydra head cut off in Prop 8 supporters just to allow these gorgons grow new ones.

  8. Cake says

    I think that this is really important information. These are people who literally contributed to the stalling of our fight for equality. You do something terrible like that, people WILL find out and it WILL come back to bite you in the ass. They deserve the backlash and should have to answer for their actions.

  9. Abie says

    We are winning the fight for marriage equality.
    It does us no good as a community to be vindictive toward toward the people we are beating, especially since the people on this list are not public officials and have broken no laws.
    This is indeed a witch hunt and should not be mistaken for progress.
    We are all better off looking forward.

  10. MARCUS BACHMANN says

    Wow, alot of self-loathing homosexuals on here. ‘Tis a shame. These hateful individuals have donated cash specifically and intentionally to strip you of your rights and you want to give them a pass? Disgusting. Grow a pair.

  11. Leo says

    Mostly Brigham Young grads. That can’t be a coincidence.

    Did the alumni board threaten you’d get thrown out unless you donated?

    I wouldn’t be surprised.

  12. John M says

    @JACKFKNTWIST (aka Straw-man extraordinaire)

    If that’s how you view the world, I feel very sorry for anyone who associates with you. How is one supposed to confront family who aren’t supportive of same-sex marriage or who vote for conservatives? Tell their gay bosses they’re homophobes and have them fired too? We’re all part of the same human family, like it or not. By being vindictive and spiteful, we’re not advancing social justice… we’re just perpetuating the hate machine.

  13. Jasun Mark says

    If this was a list of KKK members, we’d be calling for their public execution. If this was a list of people who had donated money to take away the rights of Jewish people to own property, we wouldn’t have having this polite debate about witch hunts.

    But they donated money to remove rights from gay families in California. They deserve to be the targets because they target me. And I’m just fine with them having to go to work and face the people there.

  14. DamFine says

    Let’s tell our gay friends in Texas, in Florida, in Nevada, in all states where Marriage Equality is not the law, that we’ve given up the fight and we’re very sorry if you are never able to marry. As long as h8rs and bigots are allowed to spend billions to enshrine their misguided “Xtiaanist” principles into law, the fight continues; NO ONE gets a “free pass!”

  15. says

    I live in Arizona. After the 2008 anti-gay marriage amendment vote, the spokesman for the Mesa Mormon Temple claimed that Mormons were not the leaders in donating to the anti-gay side. Thankfully, campaign disclosure laws made their donations visible. In Mesa, 739 people donated to the anti-gay side and 4 (yes, 4) donated to the pro-gay side. The spokesman donated $10,000 himself.

    Exposing these people is essential. The more people exposed, the less likely they will continue to donate to these anti-gay causes. This is why NOM still refuses to release its donor lists, despite numerous court cases requiring them to do so.

    I could care less if people think this is a “witch hunt.” I lived through the ads suggesting gay people were going after straight peoples’ kids.

  16. jamal49 says

    @JACKFKNTWIST: The Catholic Church considers us an “intrinsic moral evil” not “intrinsically defective”.

    And I say, expose, expose expose. Shame those reprobates for their moneyed support of Prop 8 and the despicable, reprehensible people who promoted it.

    There will be no more letting the homophobes hide.

  17. Hansel Currywurst says

    @ John M – I rather like it when their primary talking point is about being ‘persecuted’ because the more they whine the sillier they appear. They become the caricature street-preacher-off-his-meds type shouting at strangers with absurd antique terms like ‘harlot’, ‘pit of hell’, ‘whore of Babylon’ and such. The mainstream just laughs at them and assumes the non-crazy other side (that’s us) must be reasonable, and polls show that those who care enough to have an opinion about the equality argument tend to side with us.

  18. Homo Genius says

    The PEOPLE of California voted for the Prop… shouldn’t the anger and witch hunt be directed at them… I mean its the friends, neighbors and family who are the betrayers not a bunch of MBA’s

  19. JackFknTwist says

    2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    @ jamal 49 : the above is the quote from the catechism…” intrinsically disordered”….that’s what it says. that’s what we are.

    @Johm M : above – your post makes no sense. Straw man ???

  20. JackFknTwist says

    @ JAMAL :

    Total agreement from me; expose expose expose.

    @ John M :

    We are not the ones being ‘vindictive and spiteful’.
    Prop8 doners are the malevolent ones who actively sought laws against our rights.
    What a fool you are to write such nonsense.

  21. MiddleoftheRoader says

    No one is being “exposed” because the contributor list is public. You can’t “expose” something that’s already public.

    But the real question is what will / should happen after their names are widely distributed? I don’t see a problem if their friends and neighbors want to shun them, or if work colleagues tell them “shame on you”, or things like that. But to suggest that someone in a low-level or mid-level job (not a CEO, COO, etc) should lose his or her job is unreasonable and it really is McCarthyism. Remember when “Communist sympathizers” were blacklisted? Our community should not do this to bigots. We are better than that.

  22. B says

    If these people want to actively support hate in a public way then they should be held accountable for their actions. We’ve been “nice” long enough. I’m really tired of the can’t-we-all-just-get-along crowd. NO! These people have been hateful and have directly affected my life and the lives of my brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. None of them have been “nice” to me and would happily see me fired for who I am. Donating to hate should have serious consequences and if that is their jobs, so be it. They’d fire me for being gay in a heartbeat.

  23. JJ says

    Calling attention to facts that are already public record isn’t a witch hunt. The records are freely available from the California Secretary of State web site at
    http://cal-access.ss.ca.gov/Campaign/Measures/Detail.aspx?id=1302602&session=2007. If you don’t want to be called out as a bigot, don’t make your bigotry a matter of public record. Don’t contribute to a law that ostracizes your peers if you don’t want your peers to mention the fact. Don’t attack people so publicly if you don’t want the charge of bigotry to follow you around.

    The point of the calling attention to these people isn’t to jeopardize their jobs. It’s to hold them accountable for the harm they inflicted on others. It’s to make them face their friends (or avoid them) in the knowledge of what they’ve done, and to dispense some well deserved shame and discomfort. That hardly compares to permanently (if they had their way) stripping someone of equality for simply existing.

    To put the contributions in perspective, it took $40 million to pass Prop 8. There are an estimated 100,000 same-sex couples in California. So Prop 8 supporters paid about $400 per couple to both strip them of the right to marry and to permanently deprive them of the right to obtain equality through the courts.

  24. Cake says

    @ MIDDLEOFTHEROADER “Remember when “Communist sympathizers” were blacklisted? Our community should not do this to bigots.”

    Being a Communist sympathizer and a homophobe is not the same thing. That’s a pretty awful analogy. These people are hurting our community and you want us to just play nice? They contributed exorbitant amounts of money to push a law that would deny people in our community the right to marry. Maybe you forget exactly just how viciously these people campaigned against us. They need to pay for what they’ve done and allowing them to remain CEOs and in other high positions while we simply forget what they’ve done is letting them get away with it, even rewarding them for it. They wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. If the roles were reversed I sincerely doubt they would show us any mercy.

  25. AG says

    Good job, gay Nazis. Ernst Röhm would be proud of you guys. His brown-shirts were at the forefront of the campaign of Gleichschaltung (coordination) after the Nazis came to power. And now you’re in favor of imposing your own Gleichschaltung.

  26. AG says

    @Cake
    These people had their way only 20 years ago, when incidentally even the gay Left was against gay marriage. Please tell me how you escaped the gas chamber.

  27. AG says

    @JJ
    You’re the Nazis of Hitler’s coming to power, not of the final solution. Hope you feel better. When I’m really nice I can call you McCarthyists.

  28. JJ says

    @MIDDLEOFTHEROADER: “Remember when “Communist sympathizers” were blacklisted? Our community should not do this to bigots.”

    The proper analogy is not that Evil Gay Fascists (EGFs) are like McCarthyists. Prop 8 supporters are the McCarthyists in this scenario. The EGFs would be analogous to anyone who may have later called attention to past McCarthyists—bosses who fired people, coworkers and neighbors who turned people in, organizations who blacklisted people—where their actions had already been a matter of public record for several years.

  29. Jake says

    Honestly, most of the people on that list are known homophobes at their place of employ already. It’s no secret.
    And if it was, well it aint no more

  30. Randy says

    That’s a list worth having.

    These are people who paid to enact an illegal law, for the express and actual purpose of harming people and their kids.

    They should be as welcome in the tech community as wizards of the KKK are.

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