Frank VanderSloot, the CEO of Melaleuca made a donation on behalf of the company for $10,000 to an the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, California this week. The donation may come as surprise for some people as the billionaire businessman gained a reputation for opposing gay marriage in the last few years.
“I think that I’ve been really misunderstood, “said VanderSloot. ” I’ve never said a mean thing to a gay person in my life I’ve never said a mean thing about a gay person in my life, it never happened.” The businessman went on to explain his side of the argument before the supreme court ruling was the legal relationship between same-sex couples should not be labeled as marriage. “The supreme court has spoken and as I’ve said we need to get on with it,” said VanderSloot.
Melaleuca is sending the $10,000 bill to the Desert AIDS Project “Dancing with the Desert Stars” fundraiser. An openly gay employee of Melaleuca in the Palm Springs area gave VanderSloot the personal connection for the donation.
In a press release issued by the Desert AIDS Project they described VanderSloot as a part of an evolution of acceptance for LGBT individuals.
During an interview the Local News 8/KIDK Eyewitness News team also asked VanderSloot about the upcoming election. VanderSloot, a self-proclaimed conservative has a long history of supporting Republican candidates. Early on in the cycle he backed Marco Rubio and last week Donald Trump Jr. made a stop at the Melaleuca Headquarters. Vandersloot said he’s had his concerns with Trump but is willing to support him now.