Nate Berkus explains his partnership with retailer Target which made anti-gay donations

'I chose to focus on the corporate character it took for Target to apologize for the effects of their decision'

Nate Berkus explains his partnership with retailer Target which made anti-gay donations
10 May 2012

Openly-gay daytime lifestyle show host Nate Berkus is defending a partnership he has entered in with the Target retail chain

Target ran afoul with the LGBT community for donating to the political group MN Forward, a Political Action Committee that supported anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer during the 2010 election season.

‘Know that I was aware of that situation,’ Berkus wrote to Facebook followers on Thursday (10 May). ‘Also know, instead of focusing on the mistake, I chose to focus on the corporate character it took for Target to apologize for the effects of their decision as well as their continued commitment to funding organizations and events dedicated to spreading tolerance and freedoms amongst all groups.’

Target stores will feature the Nate Berkus Collection made up of more than 150 home products designed by Berkus himself. They include bedding, bath, accessories, lighting, rugs and window treatments.

‘In understanding the situation, I felt comfortable in partnering with them,’ Berkus said. ‘Today, I look forward to building a more tolerant future with them.’

Because of the anti-gay donations, Lady Gaga last year backed out of an exclusive partnership with Target to release her album Born This Way.

Gaga said at the time that the deal had ‘hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.’

Berkus, who got his start on television as a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show, is currently hosting the syndicated Nate Berkus Show which will not return for a third season.

On Wednesday, he was nominated for an Emmy.

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