VAC/GMHC to boycott Mozilla
The Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre (“VAC/GMHC”) has announced that it will boycott Mozilla following revelations that their newly appointed CEO, Brendan Eich, supported a campaign opposing the implementation of laws redressing inequality amongst LGBTI communities in California.
It was revealed that Eich (pictured) donated $1,000 to a 2008 Mormon backed ballot to ban gay couples from marrying.
CEO Simon Ruth said the VAC/GMHC was “committed to redressing inequality in the community and ensuring that people from sexually and gender communities are treated equally. Organisations like Mozilla have a commitment to respect and treat people equally regardless of sexual or gender orientation. Mozilla appointing a CEO who openly opposes measures to address equality is in opposition to our organisation’s mission and values. Consequently, VAC/GMHC has dis-endorsed the use of Mozilla across all our computer systems.”
President, Greg Carter said people in support of homophobia should not be elevated to positions of authority within the community, either in the private or public sector.
“Homophobia leads to social isolation and consequently negative health outcomes like depression, anxiety and alcohol and other drug use. People who support homophobia should not be elevated to positions of authority within the community, whether this is private or public sector,” Carter said.
VAC/GMHC’s strategic plan 2012 – 2017 highlights “addressing a broad range of health issues that affect wellbeing in sexually and gender diverse communities” as one of the organisation’s visions.