In response to the recent decision to pull a film from several local theaters, Utah's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is asking Utahns not to patronize related businesses.
The call to withdraw support from more than 80 businesses comes after the Jordan Commons Megaplex, owned by Larry H. Miller Holdings, pulled "Brokeback Mountain" from its screening schedule Friday. The center said in a statement that "treating queer people as 'controversial' is a bad business move." They are asking customers of any of Miller's entities to voice their comments about his decision and not patronize his businesses. The boycott includes the Delta Center, Megaplex Theaters and various automobile dealerships.
"This community call to action is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen our call for equality in Utah," said Valerie A. Larabee, executive director of the GLBT Community Center of Utah. She said the center will continue to collaborate with businesses that "support progressive business practices and embrace diversity."