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Seattle Printer Refuses Flyers for Gay Bar Because He Disagrees with 'Homosexual Lifestyle': VIDEO


Access Printed Media, a Seattle printer, has denied service to Diesel, a new gay bar in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Said print shop owner Delaney (above, who won't give his last name): "My kids come to work. They see stuff that daddy's printing." Seattle bar owner Mike Reis received an email from the printer saying that they couldn't print the flyer because of moral disagreement with the "homosexual lifestyle".


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  1. Andy, you probably should have put homosexual lifestyle in quotes if those were his words; if they weren't, choose different words.

    Posted by: redball | Jun 22, 2011 9:48:33 AM

  2. Even though I strongly disagree with his decision, I affirm his right to refuse service. I also affirm the right of others to refuse to do business with an ignorant bigot. I hope this guy's business collapses.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 22, 2011 9:50:53 AM

  3. That's sure not going to fly well here in Seattle. At the very least this guy is going to see his business dry up...

    Posted by: Justin L Werner | Jun 22, 2011 9:51:41 AM

  4. There is constant discussion on this site and elsewhere about boycotts. If it's illegal -- or immoral -- for this guy to do business on the basis of personal belief or policy position, then all of those boycotts are illegal (or immoral) as well.

    Posted by: Sauce for the Goose | Jun 22, 2011 9:56:11 AM

  5. Yep. Move on to another printer who appreciates making money the old-fashioned way, i.e., open capitalism. Let the homophobic dad reap all the negative publicity about his bigoted print shop. Then he can explain to his son why daddy's struggling with his business.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 22, 2011 9:56:15 AM

  6. Who cares? I'm sure that there are other printers in Seattle who would be happy to have the business. Why do business with a bigot?

    Posted by: David in Atlanta | Jun 22, 2011 9:56:54 AM

  7. His financial loss. Why, other than in support of local business (which obviously isn't going to support Diesel) is the bar going to a local print house for fliers anyway? There are so many online ordering resources that wouldn't have an opinion or religious issues at all!

    If a business owner wishes to stand by his or her "convictions", then so be it. Let them live in their quasi-fascist religious microcosm, but don't give them your money. Let equality-minded businesses know that you support them. And if you don't know if they support equal rights, ask! Smaller businesses don't always have written public policies but you can always find out before you do business with someone.

    Posted by: ESA | Jun 22, 2011 9:57:18 AM

  8. Yep.. it's a private business and it's his right to refuse service. If the flyers had half naked guys and drag queens on it he probably should have used the content as his reason not to print instead of "homosexual lifestyle". I just hope this is well publicized in Seattle so people will take their printing business elsewhere.

    Posted by: dk | Jun 22, 2011 9:58:02 AM

  9. I mean yawn, there is a simple solution, take your business elsewhere and tell your friends. Word gets out. Have a nice life.

    Posted by: NE Rich | Jun 22, 2011 10:01:04 AM

  10. And in the end, the bar ends up getting a lot more free publicity than a piece of paper nailed to a telephone pole could have ever accomplished. Good work bigot.

    Posted by: Erich | Jun 22, 2011 10:01:36 AM

  11. As a group we need to spend our gay dollars on gay or gay friendly businesses. I have gay doctors, i eat at places that welcome gay couples. We need to keep the our money in our community

    Posted by: George | Jun 22, 2011 10:03:12 AM

  12. "There is constant discussion on this site and elsewhere about boycotts. If it's illegal -- or immoral -- for this guy to do business on the basis of personal belief or policy position, then all of those boycotts are illegal (or immoral) as well."

    This has to be the most asinine thing I've ever read. This presupposes that there's no right or wrong in the world. Baseless discrimination founded on your imaginary friend--a logical person would argue--is, simply put, wrong.

    Legally, as a private business, he is entitled not to print the flyers. And every person with an ounce of dignity has the right to put him out of business.

    Boycotts illegal or immoral? Sheesh. Go back to bed.

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 22, 2011 10:07:14 AM

  13. I am sure there are other printers in Seattle that will gladly provide services, In turn, in this instance, he should make sure that the flyers help promote the printers business!

    With the publicity, this printer will probably ONLY get business from bigoted Religious and Conservative organizations.

    Posted by: CB | Jun 22, 2011 10:09:54 AM

  14. Maybe we can all call him up? (425) 656-0563

    Posted by: Jay Phillips | Jun 22, 2011 10:10:12 AM

  15. It's good to know who's actively against you. Seattle is fairly liberal so I don't think this dude did himself any favors by going on TV and declaring his intolerance. Somebody must have misinformed him that Christian families with one working parent and ten kids have more money than duel income LGBT couples with no kids. Good luck buddy milking those Christian dollars.

    Posted by: MrJ | Jun 22, 2011 10:12:23 AM

  16. great... we give publicity to the business that doesn't want "our" money, and the closeted(?) bigots flock to him for standing up for his rights.
    This isn't national news. It barely qualifies as local news.
    A business owner is welcome, and should be expected to make his views known to the public that supports his business. That way we don't waste our time or money with those who refuse to see the truth of our equality.
    Find a gay friendly or gay owned business and patronize them!

    Posted by: Dennis G. | Jun 22, 2011 10:16:05 AM

  17. "If it's illegal -- or immoral -- for this guy to do business on the basis of personal belief or policy position, then all of those boycotts are illegal (or immoral) as well."

    You're right Goose Sauce, we should all just move quietly to the back of the bus and keep our mouths shut.


    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jun 22, 2011 10:19:24 AM

  18. while I understand you can always take your business elsewhere.....where does this blatant discrimination STOP??? Would he Be able to deny a Black club business...if he didn't like black people? Where's it stop?

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Jun 22, 2011 10:26:10 AM

  19. It's ironic how his business is called "ACCESS Media." Uh-huh. He should probably think about changing that.

    Posted by: Bravo | Jun 22, 2011 10:32:47 AM

  20. Access Printed Media:
    “Business and promotional printing you can rely on … but not if you are gay”

    Posted by: J. Alan | Jun 22, 2011 10:34:06 AM

  21. Goose - Refusal to ACCEPT business based on discrimination is generally illegal (not getting into semantics about protected classes). A boycott is the refusal to GIVE business. The former is akin to sticking a "NO _____ ALLOWED" sign in the window. The latter is "I personally will not do business and discourage others from doing business with this establishment because of ______".

    Posted by: Sean Mac | Jun 22, 2011 10:34:34 AM

  22. That's not good, but take your business elsewhere.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 22, 2011 10:36:21 AM

  23. Nobody seems to be picking up on the fact that the bar owner is really just a savvy media strategist.

    He's taken a complete non-issue and built it into a complete news cycle of free publicity for his new bar.

    Kudos, bar owner ... make your puppets dance.

    Posted by: AP | Jun 22, 2011 10:42:03 AM

  24. "it's a private business and it's his right to refuse service" ?!?!?!?!!?

    Holy shitballs, you can't be serious. Washington State has anti-discrimination statutes that include sexual orientation -- and like most anti-discrimination statutes, it applies to PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS (e.g., restaurants, malls, STORES). In other words, if you service the public, you have to SERVICE THE PUBLIC. Religious/fraternal organizations exempted.


    I mean, unless there is case law allowing individual "moral objections," in Washington, this seems like a clear violation of the law. No?

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 22, 2011 10:43:01 AM

  25. Ah, the classic contradiction: " I have nothing against homosexuals, but I'm against their lifestyle". It's the same as Catholic (mis) teaching: Being homo is not wrong, but acting on it is?!" Garbage.
    Would he refuse printing cigarette advertising? Cigarettes, now THAT"S unhealthy.

    Posted by: nikko | Jun 22, 2011 10:46:32 AM

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