While I’d heard of efforts on the part of Barilla to make amends, I paid them little mind. I was skeptical they could do anything to salvage a relationship with the LGBT community and our allies.
But then I was asked to take part in Barilla’s Share the Table campaign. And I was approached specifically because I’m a gay father. I learned they’d also enlisted other LGBT bloggers, including fellow parents Polly Pagenhart and Vikki Reich.
According to the materials I was given and my own research, Barilla has been making changes ever since the interview and subsequent boycott. They met with and received counsel from GLAAD; established a Diversity & Inclusion Board and appointed a Chief Diversity Officer; participated in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index; and as evidenced by this post, they want to partner with influencers in the LGBT community as part of Share the Table, to ensure families of all kinds are included.
|Barilla factory, Ames, IA.|
The company has another in Avon, NY.
As soon as AKSARBENT finds out how much Barilla is paying, we're off to the park with a pot of pasta and our cell phone camera in search of adorable tots in the weekend custody of angry, recently-divorced and half-lit dads willing to fake the rainbow in exchange for a 60/40 split. Call us, Guido.