Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Words from Karen, Jeffrey's Mom (related to the Starbucks incident)

Thank you to everyone who read and passed along our third update to the Starbucks situation.  (And if you haven't read it yet, go here:  http://lilfamily13.blogspot.com/2011/06/starbucks-update-part-3-inaction-and.html ) We have made it our mission to make something good come out of this, so we are asking for donations to The Trevor Project for $5, the approximate cost of a coffee drink at Starbucks.  (And I am going to put the info at the bottom of this page again.)

Jeffrey's mom, Karen, has reached out to us to thank us.  She "never thought in a million years any person would go out on a limb and help another is such a way."  She asked if I would post this letter from her on the blog.  Please read, and if you feel inspired by her words, please comment to her, repost and share. Every person that shares these messages is doing their part to help spread awareness and to help Jeffrey seek some justice.

Inspired Yet?
by Karen

"To inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

Here are the principles of how we live that every day:"

Approximately 2 weeks ago a member of my family, my son Jeff, was exposed to the above message.  This message is an excerpt of the Starbucks mission statement

I only hope that no one else is exposed to this statement as my son was.

Three female employees ganged up on him publicly in the middle of a Centereach Starbucks store and openly spoke about store polices and how he may or may not have been wrong in front of the entire store, customers and other employees alike.....is this "to inspire and nurture the human spirit?"

According to Missy, a Starbucks customer, who as you probably have read her letter on this blog witnessed the entire incident as he was publicly bashed regarding being gay in front of the entire store when Jeff went to the men's room.....is this "to inspire and nurture the human spirit.?"

After Jeff, publicly humiliated, collected himself and came back from the men's room, the rant continued to a point where Jeff is now unemployed......is this "to inspire and nurture the human spirit?"

Is anyone feeling inspired yet?

If we as the public do not display our distaste for this kind of behavior it may inspire and nurture the human spirit for other employees to engage in the same disgusting behavior toward another human being publicly, whether that person is Gay, Black, White, Chinese, Japanese or any other race, color or creed that comes into the Starbucks stores around the world.
Frightening, isn't it.

With the inappropriate behavior of these 3 Starbucks employees in front of children (like Missy's child) how are we to teach our children not to bully other children to the extent of their humiliation and not wanting to go to school or maybe even worse.

Regarding this Starbucks incident.....Missy has demonstrated that there are people out there willing to stand up for what is right and help others.  My hat is off to Missy.  I have never met her,  but she stands for the unity of humanity that is a good lesson for all of us to live by.  Now that is inspiring.

Jeff has received many emails and support from people all over the world which touched him deeply.  It gives me a new found hope that someday there will be harmony among the human race.

Again, please visit our latest update to see our Call for Action.

--  Dana


  1. I would love to do an interview. I think people need to realize that this type of thing still happen and people and corporations need to be accountable for their actions.


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  3. I am sad that this ever occurred but so inspired by Missy and all the people willing to stand up to Starbucks and say THIS IS NOT RIGHT. I look forward to seeing the good that the Trevor Project does with this. Thank you for keeping us all updated.

  4. I do feel some good, in the long run, will come of this--thanks to Missy's standing up and speaking out. Am spreading the word....

  5. I just wanted to drop in where Jeffrey's mother might see the message and suggest they consider contacting the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (ncsfreedom.org) if nothing else they might be willing to offer some advice on how to proceed with legal action if you're looking into that possibility.

  6. Melacynthe

    Thank you for taking the time to write your above message with information for me and I will contact the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. If we all stand up and stick together there may be a chance that public humiliation in the workplace will cease to exist. ( Now that is inspiring)

    Jeff's Mom


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