By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

January 2, 2009 ( – Soft drink giant PepsiCo, which also owns Frito Lay chips, Tropicana orange juice, Gatorade and Quaker oatmeal, has given a million dollars in the past two years to organizations which promote homosexuality, and forces its employees to attend sexual orientation and gender identity/expression classes.

$500,000 went to the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays’ (PFLAG) “Straight for Equality” program which, according to PFLAG’s website (, “will be used to expand workplace training.”

Jacqueline Millan, director of PepsiCo Corporate Contributions, said in a PepsiCo bulletin, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with PFLAG. The Straight for Equality in the Workplace training program is unique in that it is promoting the necessary message of inclusion to untapped groups within the local community, and that is a crucial step towards building a healthy work environment.”

Pepsi also gave $500,000 to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a group that describes itself as “America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality,” according to an American Family Association (AFA) report.

The AFA indicated that both HRC and PFLAG supported efforts in California to defeat Proposition 8, which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. HRC, the homosexual group financially supported by Pepsi, gave $2.3 million to defeat Prop 8.

The AFA has launched a petition and boycott campaign focused on demanding that Pepsi “remain neutral in the culture war.”

“PepsiCo has refused a request by AFA to remain neutral in the culture war,” said AFA Chairman Donald Wildmon in an Action Alert. “The company indicated that it will continue major financial support of homosexual organizations,” adding that “Pepsi refuses to give money to any pro-family organization that opposes the homosexual agenda.”

Wildmon explained that the AFA wrote Pepsi two times (on October 14 and October 29) requesting a meeting to discuss Pepsi’s support of homosexual groups, subsequently receiving a “condescending letter” from Paul Boykas, director of public policy, in which Boykas refused to address Pepsi’s support of the homosexual agenda.

Link to the AFA Action Alert:

Link to the AFA petition:

Contact PepsiCo with your concern:

PepsiCo, Inc.
  700 Anderson Hill Road
  Purchase, NY 10577
  Phone: (914) 253-2000
  Toll-free: 1-800-433-2652

Pepsi – QTG Canada
  Quaker Park
  14 Hunter St E
  Peterborough ON
  K9J 7B2
  Phone: 1-888-794-2867