Kudos for activism, coverage
Kudos to Mike LoVuolo and the Dallas Voice for bringing the important issue of Perry Homes and Bob Perry’s political contributions to the attention to the GLBT community and staying on top of it.
I’ll venture that the vast majority of people who have bought or who have looked at Perry Homes were completely unaware of Bob Perry’s extensive financing of both discriminatory legislation and candidates who are directly opposed to the GLBT community’s interests.
Kudos also to Kathy Hewitt for “seeing the light.” As a licensed Realtor myself, what a lot of people don’t understand is that the National Association of Realtors to which we belong has a very strict Code of Ethics, and we cannot just arbitrarily boycott or intentionally not show a particular property if a client requests to see it specifically. I agree that would be a violation of our professional ethics, which is what Kathy recently made reference to. However, there is nothing that prohibits us from “shining a spotlight” on Bob Perry’s political contributions in order to further educate the public on an “agenda” that seeks to disenfranchise GLBT people altogether.
Let’s make certain that all of us spend our dollars with those businesses who not only value our dollars but value us as citizens.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 16, 2007.