Just learned of three stores — one I’ve shopped in the past — whose earnings, at least in part, went to anti-GLBT candidates and to support California’s discriminatory Proposition 8: Urban Outfitter, Free People, and Anthropologie. All are owned by a one-time lefty and currently avowed right-wing capitalist named Richard Hayne.
Richard Hayne is the president of Urban Outfitters, a chain of clothing retailers. At a net worth of $1.8 billion, Hayne is the #262 richest person in the U.S. according to the 2008 Forbes 400 list, a ranking of the 400 richest Americans by net worth. … He founded Urban Outfitters, Inc. in 1970. … Today, the company operates over 200 stores under three brands: Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie.
Ironically, the liberal tone of Free People and Urban Outfitters is a reflection of his more liberal early roots. However, Richard Hayne is one of the most conservative billionaires in America. Donating millions of dollars a year to anti-gay rights [legislators]. He was also a staunch supporter of California’s Proposition 8, which passed in November of 2008 taking away the marriage rights of same-sex couples.
These shops — and Mr. Hayne — do not deserve your support! If you are an equality seeker, surely you don’t want them using your money to fund your own legal diminishment and stigmatization.