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Houston Voice, June 25, 2004 - File 013. 2004-06-25. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/7279/show/7242.

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Title Houston Voice, June 25, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 25, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 11 WW Mill voice EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Executive Edrtor CHRIS CRAIN Etftor BINNIE FISHER Otmsponderts BRYAN ANDERTON, ADRIAN BRUNE. LOU CHIBBARO. JR.. JOE CREA, MUBARAK DAHIR. LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN. MIKE FLEMING, MATTHEW HENNIE. PHIL LAPADULA, RYAN LEE. BRIAN MOYLAN, KEVIN NAFF, KEN SAIN, RHONDA SMITH, CHRISTOPHER SEELY. STEVE WEINSTEIN, ANDYZEFFER.CYDZEIGLER Cotltfbutors JOHNNY HOOKS, JOSEF MOLNAR. JASON VICTOR SERINUS, MUBARAK DAHIR, J A. CHAPMAN. AND ARJAN TIMMERMANS Ftetotjraprr-fS DALTON DEHART, KIMBERLY THOMPSON Production JOEY CAROLINO, RAY BERG, RONNIE GANDHOK. IRMA ALLEN Webmaster ARAM VARTIAN SALES & ADMINISTRATION General Manager JASON WILSON jwilsoniii houstonvoice.com Account Executives DONA BOZKA - dbozka:a houstonvoice.com JENNIFER HOLLAND - jfiollandiSlioustrjnvoice.com DAVID TRUONG - dtnionc-ahoiJstonvoice.com Classified Sales / Office Administrator JOHNNY HOOKS - ihooksShoustonvoicecorn National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media • 212-242-6863 r-WINDOW MEDIA LLC President. WILLIAM WAYBOURN Editorial Director- CHRIS CRAIN Corporate Controller. BARNETTE HOLSTON Art Director-ROB BOEGER Director of Operations- MIKE KITCHENS Director of Sales STEVEN GUERRINI Director of Classified Sales NATHAN REGAN Chief Financial Officer PAM AYRES Marketing Manager RON ROMANSKI jhediaitier CHARTER MEMBER Established 1974 as the Montrose Star. 500 Lovett Blvti, Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77006 (713)529-8490 Fax:(713)529-9531 vvwwii.ousWoice.com Contents copyright 2004 Office hours: 9 am to 530 pm weekdays To submit a letter Letters should be fewer than 400 words. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. We will withhold names upon request but you must include your name and phone number for verification. Please send mail to Houston Voce. 500 Lovett Blvd., Suite 200. Houston, Texas 77006; fax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail to r^ordhoustonvoiceiMm. Opinions expressed therein do not reflect those of the Houston Voice. AH material in Houston Voces protected by federal corpynfjjht law and may not be reproduced without the written consent of Houston Voice, "he se*inl orientation of advertisers, ofWoqrapnef \ writers and cartoorasts published herein is [Wither inferred or implied. The appearance of na-nes or pictorial representation does not necessarily indka-te the sexual orientation of that person or persoiK. Houston Voice accepts unsolicrtMt editorial material but cannot take responsibilit, tor its return. The editor resents the noM to accept refect or edit any sutwirssion. Al Hcphts revert to authors upon publ-cation GmdHmes tor li-eetance cofitnOLliy, *■* MfeM «M request Forum HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 25, 2004 PAGE 12 editorial Rocky Mountain rhetoric won't fly for Coors Coors Brewing Co. has long struggled to distance itself from the family owners, but now Pete Coors is running for Senate on the backs of gay customers. By MUBARAK DAHIR 0 PARAPHRASE AN ADAGE, you can't have your mug of beer and drink it, too. But that's exactly what members of the Coors family, namesakes of the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colo., are trying to get away with among gay customers of their company Pete Coors, a former chair of the Coors Brewing Co., is now a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Colorado. Pete Coors has also become an outspoken supporter of a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Political analysts watching the U.S. senate race in Colorado say Pete Coors took the strong stand that he did — not just against same-sex marriage, but fully in favor of an amendment to enshrine the ban in the Constitution — to appeal to conservatives who make up a substantial base of his candidacy. Pete Coors' anti-gay stance on the Federal Marriage Amendment re-ignited calls from many gay leaders for us to stop buying Coors beer at gay bars. Furthermore, a large number of Coors family members — who profit directly from the Coors Brewing Co. — are board members of a private institution, the Castle Rock Foundation, which gives away millions of dollars to conservative, anti-gay organizations. This fact, and its consequences, is even more important for us to consider than Pete Coors' anti-gay position on the Federal Marriage Amendment. The Castle Rock Foundation was founded in 1993 with a $36.5 million endowment from the Adolph Coors Foundation. Since then, it has given away millions of dollars of grants to often conservative, anti-gay groups. According to the group's Web site, four out of five of the board members of the Castle Rock Foundation are members of the Coors family. Pete Coors is the vice president. Where did Pete Coors and the other Coors famUy members on the board of the Castle Rock Foundation get their money and power? Through the Coors Brewing Co. AND YET, THE COORS BREWING CO. and the Coors family have gone on a public relations blitz to distance themselves from each other. In a nutshell, they each claim to be independent of one another, and thus not responsible for the others' actions or stands on gay rights. In fact, in early June, the Coors Brewing Co. issued a letter stating that Pete Coors' position on the Federal Marriage Amendment does not reflect the corporate values of the Coors Brewing Co. The letter stated that the company does not endorse discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. In addition, the Coors Brewing Co. started running full-page ads in gay newspapers and magazines around the country. In the ads, humorously headlined "Straight talk from Coors," the company goes to some length to describe the positive changes within the company in the past couple of decades with respect to how it treats gay employees. Most notably, the change is reflected in the company's nondiscrimination policy, as well as the fact that the company offers health benefits to partners of gay employees. The Coors Brewing Co. has a long and tortured history on gay issues, dat ing back to the early 1970s, when it used to require prospective employees to submit to a lie detector test. One of the questions on the test was whether or not the hopeful employee was a homosexual. Outrage over that practice prompted former San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk to kick-off a boycott of the Coors Brewing Co. in 1974. In 1995, much of fhe steam of the boycott evaporated when the beer maker instituted its much-friendlier policies toward gay employees. The company even hired Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney's famously lesbian daughter, to handle gay outreach. IRONICALLY, AS FORMER CHAIR OF the Coors Brewing Co., Pete Coors has taken much of the credit for advancing the company's positions on gay employees. He even claims to have gone out personally to gay bars to promote his beer and his company's more enlightened outlook. Pete Coors' opponent in the senate race is making much of that history, in an attempt to tarnish Pete Coors with the state's much-coveted right-wing voters. So Pete Coors is trying to live down his past, thus embracing the Federal Marriage Amendment with such gusto. So on the one hand we have the Coors Brewing Co. chatting up gays and extolling the virtues of its corporate policies toward us. Hey, that Pete Coors guy, he can do whatever he wants as a private citizen, the company seems to be saying: you have to evaluate us independently, on our own policies. On the other hand, you have Pete Coors, courting conservative voters, saying he doesn't want homos to get married. And all that stuff about the Coors Brewing Co. being gay-friendly? Well, he's his own candidate, he seems to be saying to the right-wingers. You can't judge me based on a company policy. I'm an independent entity The doubletalk by both Pete Coors and the Coors Brewing Co. on this issue would make even old-time Soviet Politburo members proud. Before you buy another Coors beer, you may want to ask yourself: Which side of his mouth would Pete Coors drink this out of? Mubarak Data-is editor of the Express Gay News, a paper affiliated with this publication, and can be readied at mdattit*@ecpressg^ryT*ewsj*<m
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