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Gay Austin, December 1977 - File 011. 1977-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/988/show/981.

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Title Gay Austin, December 1977
Contributor
  • Lind, Scott
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date December 1977
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962538
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 011
Transcript Editor's Note to Gay Austin Readers: Some consider the Coors issue still a controversy. Thus Gay Austin published David Morris* viewpoint. However that does not necessarily imply that Gay Community Services or Gay Austin agrees with his stand. Rather, in the search for truth this newspaper believes that alternate viewpoints should be expressed; therefore, press freedom must be guaranteed but with this right comes responsibility. In the interest of presenting alternative viewpoints—so that the reader may see all sides of the issue and decide for her/hiai-self—we reprint the letter released on September iC by the Austin Tavern Association. FOR OUR CIISTQMFRS September 1fi. 197 AUSTIN TAVERN ASSOCIATION Austin Gay Bar Owners have been under increasing pressure from segments of the Gay Community to demonstrate Bar support for Gay Rights by joining a boycott of COORS beer. COORS has vigorously objected to Bar participation in a boycott and recently sought an opportunity to present its side of the controversey. SAFE sponsored a meeting held in Austin September 14 to which all Austin Gay Bar Owners were invited. Those present included representatives from SAFE, GCS, AFL-CIO, COORS (national § local), The Apartment, Austin Country, Hollywood, Pearl Street Warehouse, and The Private Cellar. Individuals representing several political action groups advocating the boycott presented their cases. Basically, they claimed that the Gay Community should boycott COORS beer because (1) the company discriminates against Gays in employment practices and (2) the private profits from the sale of COORS beer is used by the COORS family to finance Anti-Gay political movements. When asked to document the allegations made against COORS, they were unable to do so. Indeed, during the entire 2%-hour meeting, no evidence of any Anti-Gay stance by either the company or the family was ever presented. One official of a pro-boycott organization admitted his guilt in spreading a rumor which he knew to be untrue at the time he told it: that a COORS family memoer had donated money to Anita Bryant's Save Our Children (see reverse). On the contrary, the COORS representative provided rather conclusive evidence that neither the company nor any member of the family had ever given money directly or indirectly to any group which used the money to oppose Gay Rights. It was also charged that COORS uses preemployment polygraph tests to pry into the sexual orientation of prospective employees. The allegation was based chiefly on the fact that COORS does require persons to state whether or not they have a personal history of undetected crime. The COORS representative stated that to accuse the company of Anti-Gay employment practices on the basis of that question was absurd; but that the company now realizes Gay concern about the potential misues of the question and is considering changing the way it is phrased. The COORS representative unequivocally endorsed his company's support of basic human rights and further stated that there is no known instance when the company has ever discriminated against an employee because of sexual orientation. In addition, he said that he would accept the meeting's suggestion and immediately begin to gather copies of union contract clauses prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (such as those used by 3M, IBM, XEROX, and AT-ST) for consideration by the Board of Directors of COORS in a near future updating of their employment procedures. The Gay Bar Owners endorsing this Report believe each Bar patron is responsible enough to make his or her own personal political decision regarding the purchase of COORS beer. We will not deny that freedom to our customers, simply on the basis of the totally unsubstantiated charges which we have seen levied against COORS, despite the pressure being used to force us to remove our customers' freedom of choice. Indeed, we are favorably impressed by the concern COORS has shown in cooperating with the Austin Gay Community in this matter. We refuse to permit our establishments to be used to oppose COORS until we have seen evidence which gives us some reason to believe COORS is in fact Anti-Gay. SAFE has agreed to continue to assemble the facts supplied by all sides and to keep us informed of any important changes in the situation. Just as we initiated the Austin project to raise funds to fight Anita last spring, we Austin Gay Bar Owners will continue to work toward the establishment of full equal rights for the Gay Community. And there is no more important right than the right to exercise your freedom of choice. The Apartment, Austin Country Pearl Street Warehouse vate Cellar
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