LUSH Cosmetics one-ups Old Navy with a gay kiss-in and a Freedom Foamer Bubble Bar

Should you happen to be over at NorthPark or the Galleria around, say, 11:38 a.m. this Saturday (and some rarely aren’t!), you may want to stop by LUSH Cosmetics. According to a press release, that’s when LUSH employees, customers and supporters will be staging a “Kiss and Tell” in support of marriage equality:

“The ‘Kiss and Tell’ will be taking place at LUSH stores across North America at exactly 11:38 a.m. to signify the number of protections, responsibilities and rights that are currently denied to same-sex couples and their families under the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” the press release states. “LUSH, in partnership with Freedom to Marry, is calling on the U.S. federal government to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which would allow same-sex couples and their families access to the 1,138 civil rights that come with federal marriage recognition and ultimately their right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The release goes on to say that for two weeks starting this past Monday, LUSH stores are serving as “campaign centers” where people can get information about the rights denied to same-sex couples and sign petitions calling on the federal government to overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. And you can even purchase a limited edition Freedom Foamer Bubble Bar ($5.95), with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Freedom to Marry’s campaign to end marriage discrimination. Which, by the way, is more than the 10 percent that went to the It Gets Better Project from the Old Navy gay Pride T-shirt you’ll undoubtedly be wearing when you lock lips with that stranger at LUSH.

Full press release below …

—  John Wright

Gay Pride T-shirts finally arrive at local Old Navy stores — but they’re goin’ fast

At last!!! Old Navy stores at Park Lane and the Galleria finally got a shipment of those Pride T-shirts in on Tuesday — a little behind schedule — but they’re selling like hotcakes. In fact by this afternoon they’d run out already, but both stores said they’ll be getting more shirts in on Thursday to satisfy the prideful public of Dallas. The shirts are selling for $13.50 a pop, and one employee advised me to get in early if I wanted one. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the It Gets Better Project.

Although Dallas seems to be a fan of getting its Pride on with these stylish Old Navy tees, one group isn’t so thrilled: the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

“Old Navy is promoting a lifestyle that is in complete rebellion against God,” the CADC’s Dr. Gary Cass told “Rather than just focusing on giving good products to their customers, they want to use their products now to advocate for a very controversial topic, much less a very immoral and very deadly topic. Unfortunately we have to do the hard work of communicating our outrage, our frustration — and then following that up with some kind of practical expression such as taking your business elsewhere.”

—  admin

Phew!!! Old Navy gay Pride T-shirts will be available at Galleria, Park Lane stores in Dallas

Old Navy plans to sell gay Pride T-shirts (above and below) at 26 stores nationwide from Wednesday through June 30 — or until they sell out — and 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit Dan Savage’s Its Gets Better Project.

But some LGBT advocates aren’t satisfied and have launched a petition calling for the retailer to make the T-shirts available in all 50 states.

According to the company’s Facebook page, stores where the T-shirts will be available include two in Dallas — the Galleria and Park Lane. Barton Creek in Austin is the only other location in Texas where the T-shirts will be available. Dallas is one of only three cities, along with Chicago and New York, where the T-Shirts will be available in more than one store.

—  John Wright