Kentucky Print Shop Removes ‘No Gays’ Sticker, Doesn’t Want Gays Flaunting ‘Homosexual Lifestyle’


Guess who doesn't want your business, gays? Herald Embroidery in Oak Grove, Kentucky — that's who.

Matthew Lombard — owner of the embroidery, promotions and printing shop — has place five stickers on his storefront signifiying that they will gladly accept business from Christians, guns, and people with beards (?) but not from people who use foul language and are proudly gay.

Here's Lombard explanation:

"We recently posted five 3" stickers on the front entrance to our shop. Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in there message. We will not serve people that are foul-mouthed, nor will we serve people that flaunt their homosexual lifestyle in our place of business and/or request us to produce promotional products that do so."

Less than 24 hours after news of Lombard's hate-sticker spread over the web, he removed all of the stickers and issued a kinda-sorta retraction:

Notice: We recently posted five 3″ stickers on the front entrance to our shop. Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in their message. After some public confusion as to the meaning of one which depicted a rainbow flag, we’ve replaced them with a clarification. "While we will serve all customers who treat our place of business with respect, we reserve the right to refuse to produce promotional products that promote ideas that are not in keeping with our consciences. This includes, but is not limited to content promoting homosexuality, freemasonry, the use of foul language, and imagery which promotes immodesty."

Riiiiiight. We called Lombard and asked him what the hell the beard and gun stickers meant. He said that they were meant to be "sort of playful." 


  1. Tessie Tura says

    Better not pay them in cash. Our paper currency is dripping with Freemasonry symbols. And don’t whistle any Mozart while you’re in there – especially anything from “The Magic Flute”.

  2. will says

    Well, they are within their legal rights. Kentucky’s anti-discrimination laws do not include gays and lesbians as a protected class. Since we are not protected, we are at the mercy of the shopowner as to whether he wishes to serve us or not. A print shop in Kentucky is not a location where a boycott would have much of an effect.

  3. Dan Mc. says

    from Wikipedia…

    Oak Grove is a 4th-class city adjacent to the Fort Campbell army base in Christian County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 7,489 during the year 2010 U.S. Census. It is part of the Clarksville metropolitan area.

  4. Homo Genius says

    Ok… the offensive part is the catchphrase “flaunt” their homosexual lifestyle.

    we hear this A LOT. I wish they would define what “flaunting” is. It appears to be not being closeted and keeping it a dark, dark secret.

    I go to stores all the time. Like everyday. My sexuality doesn’t actually come up. ever.

    But truth be told, I’d see that John 3:16 sticker and take my business elsewhere before even noticing the others. The little fish is usually a clear sign its not people I want to do business with

  5. pablo says

    “Riiiiiight. We called Lombard and asked him what the hell the beard and gun stickers meant. He said that they were meant to be “sort of playful.” ”

    Is the “Riiiiight” thing really necessary? It’s so obnoxious and adds absolutely nothing to the story. Leave out the editorializing, especially if it’s going to be that petty.

  6. Idi 'Big Daddy' Amin says


    Being sarcastic about a paranoid, undereducated bigot is “obnoxious”? The man’s expressly declaring that he won’t serve certain people for an entirely arbitrary reason, and you’re calling a little harmless sarcasm “obnoxious”?

    A little perspective, please.

  7. Bernie says

    I really think gay people should inundate this store with requests to violate their conscience and “promote” homosexuality…. what does that even mean?? and I would suggest folks place orders via email, telephone and internet and those who come into the store should pay with their green money stamped with a pink stamp!!!

  8. Deth says

    Make sure nobody is inside, and burn it down. When they rebuild with insurance money, burn it down again.
    Repeat until the anti-gays choose to not rebuild.

    The social contract is voided by anti-gays, and gays are no longer bound to it. If you’re tired of all the social and institutional homophobia and red tape keeping you from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then give yourselves permission to do whatever you want.

  9. Brian says

    The Bible reference is just wonderful – heres one in particular he might want to check out – Matthew 19:12 — It certainly undermines the No Gays sticker !

  10. Surprise says

    It’s not a lifestyle. It’s not a choice. If you think being gay is a choice, be gay. Do it right now. You can’t.

    One day people will look back on this with as much shame as the way African Americans were treated (and still continue to be treated at only the slightest of lesser degrees). At least, I hope so.

    Apparently, God isn’t love. I’m not surprised by that.

  11. John says

    Hmm. Recently saw a TV ad for a plumbing company – it quoted scripture. My reaction: that’s one plumber I won’t be using. This is the same – I want to do business with people who respect me, so when they blatantly display their bigotry, I consider it a public service.

  12. Connor says

    Exactly how have gay people “flaunted their lifestyle” in his print shop in the past? Did they dry hump, make out, or have full on gay sex? More right wing stupidity aimed at insulting gays.

    In my business, people who wear crosses will have them yanked off their necks. If you have a cross tattoo, that can be burned off. Then we’ll do business.

  13. Bill Michael says

    ” … We are at the mercy of this shop owner.”
    No, you are not at the mercy of anybody.
    Shop somewhere else.
    Vote with your feet.
    This is a free country.
    The shop-owner is free to restrict his clientele.
    You are free to shop at a different store.
    Exercise your rights and go somewhere else.

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