This is what really bothers me about the gay community.
Apple today came out publicly opposing Prop. 8 in California (the anti-gay marriage amendment). They also donated $100,000 to the "No on Prop. 8" cause. Given what a controversial issue it is, it was a bold thing for them to do. Regardless of whether Prop. 8 is right or wrong, there are people on both sides of the issue who feel very passionately about it. By taking a stance, Apple risks alienating part of their customer base and losing sales (in effect costing them more than the $100k donation).
Despite this, some of my fellow members of the LGBT community are chiding Apple for not giving more than $100k. WTF? Apple supports us, and then we criticize them for it? How much do you really think that will inspire Apple or other companies to give to our causes in the future?
I was always told not to look a gift horse in the mouth. Apparently some of my LGBT brethren missed out on that lesson. By whining about the size of Apple's contribution, they hurt us all.
I would suggest to the people that feel Apple's donation was too small to look at all the hundreds of companies out there that gave nothing - NOTHING - to the "No on Prop. 8" initiative. At this time the No on Prop. 8 website includes a list of only 13 companies, including Apple, that have publicly opposed Prop. 8. Four of those are chamber of commerces and not true businesses. It also doesn't say which ones actually donated (I know Google opposes the measure, but did they donate anything?). If we should be publicly scolding anybody, it should be the companies that didn't take any sort of stand at all.
In the meantime, I will be even more likely to use Apple products and services as my way of thanking them for doing the right thing.