Chocolate Wars

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When news hit the international drag community that the Hershey Chocolate company was considering legal action against Toledo drag queen Hershae Chocolatae for trademark infringement ("Bitter Chocolate," September 13, 2006), they mobilized quickly, calling for a boycott of all Hershey products. We wanted to show that the drag community is "one to be reckoned with," says Amanda Lynn Harding-Storm Turner, the Canada organizer. She's asking gay people, drag queens, and gay-owned to not purchase Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey Bars, Hershey Kisses, Hershey Cookies, Almond Joy, Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, Ice Breakers, Take 5, York Peppermint Patties, Hershey Syrup, Smores or Pay Days. "We want to show Hershey Chocolates that the gay community, drag queens and others associated with us have the will as consumers ... to make a dent in the income of the company," says Turner. "They have hit the gay and drag community we feel unfairly by taking legal action against a well respected member." -- Rebecca Meiser

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