Amazon employees staged a protest outside of the e-commerce giant’s Seattle headquarters yesterday, just as the company was kicking off its “pride month” festivities.
Approximately 30 employees draped themselves in trans pride flags and simulated being corpses, laying flat on the sidewalk in front of Amazon’s “Glamazon Pride 2022” event stage, which would host pride-related festivities for staff and the public. “Glamazon” was initially formatted as GLAmazon, to emphasize Gay and Lesbian Amazon employees, but was rebranded “Glamazon” in 2017 to place “more emphasis on all the letters of LGBTQIA.”
A photo of the “die in” went viral on Twitter after it was posted by Business Insider reporter Katherine Long. She later explained that protestors were accusing the company of “rainbow-washing” its image while making money off of the sale of content that “harms transgender people.”
According to Long, the employees were specifically protesting the sale of “transphobic books,” an extension of earlier Amazon employee efforts to have the retailer remove Abigail Shrier’s 2020 bestseller “Irreversible Damage.”
Earlier this year, over 600 Amazon employees signed a petition demanding the corporation give staff more say over which books are allowed to be sold in on their digital platform. In March, one trans-identified tech employee penned an essay for Business Insider stating he quit the company specifically because of what he deemed “anti-trans practices” at Amazon, which included selling Shrier’s book.
But while Amazon has resisted pulling the plug on a few books critical of gender ideology, in 2021, employees and LGBT activists successfully campaigned to have Ryan Anderson’s work “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” removed from sale.
In addition to presenting facts on biological reality, the book sought to bring attention to the narratives of detransitioners — people who regretted their gender transition and sought to reverse it. At the time, Amazon claimed the book violated its policy on selling media which “framed LGBTQ issues as a mental illness.”
While activists at the “die in” suggested trans lives were literally in danger due to the sale of “transphobic content,” Amazon’s digital shelves are fully stocked with a wide range of content many would consider to be far more dire.
A quick search of Amazon’s catalogue will find titles such as “Long Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” by controversial former professor Allyn Walker. Walker came under fire last year after appearing on a podcast hosted by Prostasia, a notorious organization which frames pedophilia as a sexuality similar to homosexuality to lesbianism.
Amazon also sells dozens of primarily digital-books which feature heavy themes of child sexual abuse fantasies, which often include references to forcibly transitioning or “sissifying” male children.
Earlier this year, many feminists raised concerns about a book being sold on Amazon titled “Manhunt,” the plot of which was centered around the brutal murder and torture of females, and celebrates the death of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Written by trans-identified male Gretchen Felker-Martin, the novel followed the story of two trans-identified males attempting to navigate a post-apocalyptic wasteland in which anyone with high levels of testosterone turns into a zombie. Along the way, they hunt down women who are depicted as “TERF soldiers.”
In one of the first chapters, one of the transgender protagonists gets an erection while attempting to kill one of the “TERFsm” and towards the end of the novel, Felker-Martin pens a particularly grotesque scene in which a Black woman is killed by having her womb removed while still conscious.
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