2nd Vote likes six retailers as alternatives to Target. 2nd Vote presumes to tell Christians where to shop based upon corporate policy. The last time that I wrote about them I pointed out that their email is handled by Google and their website is in Amazon’s space. Google and Amazon are two of their lowest rated companies.

Oddly they are still rating companies based on their supposed neutrality on (or opposition to) same-sex marriage. Last time I checked that issue was settled. They also seem to think that companies must be supporters of gun rights to be good Christians. 

Today, 2nd Vote tells us: “Target’s Restroom Policy Blasted as “Dangerous”; 2nd Vote Releases List of Alternative Retail Options.” They go on to explain:

Fortunately for conservatives, there are several alternative retailers where consumers don’t have to worry about their shopping dollars funding liberal advocacy. 2nd Vote’s research team has identified six companies that have received Neutral (3) or higher scores:

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • RadioShack
  • Dillard’s
  • Michaels
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club

This provides a pretty good reminder of places where LGBT consumers should not shop. 

  • For some reason, Hobby Lobby is not included in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond lost another 10 points from 2015 and now has a CEI score of 20.
  • Radio Shack is in bankruptcy. They have closed most of their stores. What remains are being taken over by Sprint. Radio shack has a score of 40 but Sprint scores 100 on the CEI.
  • Dillards did not respond to HRC but is rated a dismal 20.
  • Michaels is unrated. It is not really a Target competitor.
  • As for BJ’s Wholesale Club (do not type the sophomoric obvious David) they score 25 on the CEI, down 10 points from 2015.

I suspect that, for most purchases, we have more choices than conservative Christians. The most important name on the list is Bed Bath & Beyond. It is the retailer most likely to attract potential LGBT consumers.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.