THIS FREAKED ME OUT….STATE FARM, MY INSURANCE COMPANY, WAS DOING WHAAAAT?
So I sent this to my Conservative Agent I’ve known for about 35 years:
Are they freakin’ KIDDING? Did YOU know sexuality in kindergarten?
H wrote me this:
“State Farm’s support of a philanthropic program, GenderCool, has been the subject of news and customer inquiries. This program that included books about gender identity was intended to promote inclusivity.
Conversations about gender and identity should happen at home with parents. We don’t support required curriculum in schools on this topic. We support organizations providing resources for parents to have these conversations.
We will no longer support that program. We will continue to explore how we can support organizations that provide tools and resources that align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
We recognize and value the diversity of all people, and support a culture of respect and inclusion in the communities in which we live and work, as well as our workplace.”
He included at the bottom of that email: (And YES, in Kindergarten, through about 3rd Grade, all I knew is that girls had COOTIES and as a boy, I didn’t want to catch them….)
TO WHICH I RESPONDED:
Well, that’s a relief! Not sure how you could support a group called GenderCool and know nothing about it. I suppose they got some $$blowback, but this works for me. Thanks!
BUT NO…. I AM CONVINCED STATE FARM ONLY PULLED BACK BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE ME HAD CHECKED OTHER INSURANCE COMPANIES LAST NIGHT AFTER HAVING SEEN THE NEWS AND HAD NOTIFIED THEIR AGENTS!! AND, the good news is I just saw that information yesterday and already StateFarm was backtracking! Got a LOT of pullback…
UPDATE: I got this email from my State Farm agent after I’d written this post on Tuesday. I was right:
They got a LOT of blowback, deservedly; gotta know what you’re doing, esp. under the “doing good” banner – (facepalm)
YOU THINK SO, TOO?!!