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Title Houston Voice, No. 825, August 16, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date August 16, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 020
Transcript HOUSTON VOICE/ AUGUST 16, 1996 19 IHB I by Nancy Ford appears bi-weekly in the Houston Voice. ^Walgreens continued. (Continuedfrom page I) Walgreens Inc. 200 Wilmot Rd. #2264 Deerfield, IL 600015-4681 Or call I-847-940-2500. 2. Send a copy of your letter to: Mr. Anwar, Store Manager 3317 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 or call at 520-8000 or go by in person and tell him of your displeasure. HGLPC maintains thai these people need to be told that removing The magazine from distribution at their store is a clear slap in the ■ace of the Gay & Lesbian community because no other business (such as Krogers or Whole Foods) have removed the magazine because it was found objectionable. Walgreens removed total distribution on the complaint of one person. That this is unacceptable to the Gay and Lesbian community was expressed in a letter that was sent to the Walgreens Corporate office by Gandy. The letter made several other points as well. The theme of the banned magazine that particular month was "safe sex" and. the article cited as being offensive by only one customer, was on "oral sex". This magazine has no pictures except in a few ads and sometimes pictures of the authors of the articles. There are not even ads for places which are characterized by some as "SOBs' or sexually oriented businesses. In a conversation with Mr. Ed King at the Walgreens Corporate office, the policy of Walgreens regarding objectionable material was explained. Gandy expressed resentment with the fact that The magazine was lumped with magazines advocating violence and other anti-social behaviors and/or of a sexually exploitative genre. Because it was regarded so, as a result of this one article, it was subject to executive review and the decision being to remove the magazine and other future issues from the shelf devoted to freebie" literature. The implications of this decision are: That this magazine is in the same category as magazines of violence, anti-social behavior and so-called "male sophisticate" magazines. R That because of one article in one magazine issue, which without pictures, spoke of oral sex, the issue theme being "safe sex", the magazine was removed for all time from the free distribution shelves at the Walgreens Montrose store on the complaint of one person ! - That a magazine issue devoted to safe sex and more specifically oral sex is inappropriate material for this community. One would think that Walgreens would want to support the idea of health education appropriate to the community served by that particular store. The first implication is bad enough and the evidence ofthe magazine itself belies it being hi this category. The second point indicates that blatant discrimination against the Gay & Lesbian community is at work! If, for example, all the other stores in the area had removed the magazine perhaps it could be said that this is a just decision. In this case however, many other businesses such as Krogers and Whole Foods which have as diverse a clientele in this neighborhood as does Walgreens still stock the magazine! The third point belies a problem with free speech rights when they are connected to health education that one person may find objectionable. Gandy says she also finds it objectionable to read all those silly headlines from pulp magazines that Walgreens sells to heterosexuals but doesn't demand their removal because she supports free speech no matter how distasteful she personally finds it. Walgreens' decision seems ill advised. No proper criteria apparently exist which would lend it the aura of an objective decision. Since no such criteria seem to exist, it can only be irmised that this decision lacked objectivity and falls into the. category of homopredjudiced behavior, which is clearly discriminatory. The HGLPC has embarked upon a program to establish the entire Montrose area as a Discrimination Free Zone. They intend to ask all businesses in the area to sign on to the project. Refusing to present the magazine along with other "freebies" when most other businesses do include it, is an act which the Caucus deems discriminatory. Gandy on behalf of the Caucus requested dialog with Walgreens on this issue, which could result in more objective criteria being applied, so that other magazines must meet the same criteria as the magazine! It is hoped that this can be done quickly and without any resort to direct action. The organization generally does not do direct action, preferring (o negotiate and discuss to reach accord, but HGLPC has been known to take such action. It was hoped that this issue could be worked out in a manner that is satisfactory to all concerned. Other groups in the community such as Queer Nation, Act-up and the Lesbian Avengers are known for their direct action tactics. These groups as well as supportive individuals may decide to take actions against Walgreens such as protests and boycotts. In a statement to the media Gandy said, "Perhaps, they feel as if there are no other drug stores for Gay men and Lesbians to go to in the Montrose area. This is corporate arrogance of the worst sort. The corporate office has not even given us the courtesy of a reply to a letter I wrote them on June 30, 1996 and I know that they got the letter because I have a copy ofthe return receipt from the post office!" Gandy continued by stating, "Walgreens profits on AIDS related medicines alone at this store must be huge and they think it is OK to remove a magazine from their store whose issue that month was devoted to "safe Kroger did not think the issue objectionable, neither did Whole Foods. What do you think could be going through the head of the local manager and the corporate heads? I am appalled at what comes 'nto my mind!" ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN THE HOUSTON VOICE /^,/y A*,JA m Fairtfiew (@ Converse) l^W€^Ci>PC (713) 528-9204 ^KT Sufie* TOee&emd S<cotM Schedule* ~7^F ▼ SfouUme tflOO pm ▼ Friday, August 16tft Miss Z.aclt Saturday, August 17tfi Miss Zacfc Sunday, August 18th Diane Jackson AsfUee Houston Paivi Lee Love Sivi- Ross Leah Halston Sivi Ross Leak Hafston Victoria Nicole Kara Dion Victoria Nicofe Friday, August 23rd" Miss Z-acfe. 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