The largest organization of BMW motorcycle riders (BMW MOA) has tens of thousands of members, an annual Rally and a glossy monthly magazine. I've been a member for several years. I went to one of the rallies a few years back (in Vermont) and had a great time. BMW riders are friendly and, like me, serious about riding.
At this year's Rally, there were dozens of booths in the Welcome Center for every type of rider. There were booths for Christian riders, Jewish riders, recovering alcoholic riders, etc. For the first time, there was a LGBT booth. It was one among the many.
A few months after the Rally, a guy wrote a letter to the organization saying he was disgusted to see gay and transgender bikers welcomed at "his" Rally. He said he doesn't approve of their "lifestyle" and doesn't want to see them around. He felt the mere presence of a booth for LGBT members was "promoting" an agenda he dislikes.
To its credit, the organization published the man's letter and then added a response from the Rally Chair who explained that the organization is open to everyone, that the Rally had dozens of booths for every type of rider, and that diversity is a positive thing.
I felt it important to support those statements so I sent in a letter of my own. My letter was just published in the new issue which I received today; a copy of it is below.
What do you think?