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Title Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 4, 2003
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 6 APRIL 4, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE | national news Coke urged to drop gay-friendly employee policies Atlanta soft drink giant asks shareholders to reject proposal from S.C. man By JENNIFER J. SMITH A South Carolina man wants Atlanta- based Coca-Cola to change its gay-friendly policies for its 55,000-person workforce and end its support for the "homosexual lifestyle." Hou-Yin Chang, a resident of Orangeburg, S.C, who owns 49 shares of Coca-Cola stock, proposed a shareholder resolution to be voted on at the company's April 16 annual meeting in Houston. The measure is one of eight put before shareholders. Chang's resolution "recommend[s] the shareholders request the Board of Directors to amend the company's corporate, diversity and equal employment policies to exclude reference to sexual orientation, and cease support of homosexual lifestyle and other deviant lifestyle behaviors opposed by the majority of people." Chang said the company's performance has been hurt by its gay-friendly policies. "What we have seen for the past couple of years of Coca-Cola performance is the way they have insulted shareholders, most of whom belong to middle America — people who fear and understand God and believe in the traditional family," he said. "We are concerned that companies are putting the lifestyle of Sodom and Gomorrah on their agendas." Coke recommends that shareholders reject Chang's proposal, according to Ben Deutsch, director of marketing communications. "The Coca-Cola Company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to benefit and grow our business, and to ensure that our company is the best place possible to work," Deutsch said. "We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation." Chang, like any shareholder owning more than $2,000 worth of stock for more than a year, may submit a resolution to be voted on during the company's annual meeting. If a majority of shareholders agree, Coke's board of directors will take it under advisement, according to the company If Chang's proposal fails to garner a majority vote, but does gain three percent of the total votes, it can be resubmitted for the company's 2004 annual meeting, according to Racquell White, a Coca-Cola media manager. Chang said he also wants Coke, which employees 5,000 people in Atlanta, to discontinue its corporate sponsorship of the Atlanta Pride Festival. Instead, the company should sponsor AflantaFest, a gospel festival, and more NASCAR events, "because people at those events share our values," he said. Coke should also discontinue offering Gay Men's Chorus of Houston SING OUT! Open Rehearsals for new members: April 7, 14 7:00 pm Featuring the greatest hits of ABBA for our June Concert! No auditions required. One Voice 1440 Harold www.gmch.org 713.521.7464 Hou-Yin Chang, a South Carolina resident who owns 49 shares of Coca-Cola stock, proposed a shareholder resolution asking the company to rescind policies that 'support [the] homosexual lifestyle.' (Photo courtesy Chang's Web site.) domestic partner benefits, which the company initiated in 2001, Chang said. Since submitting the resolution in February, Chang has received 10 letters, evenly split between supporting the proposal and criticizing him, he said. Chang's approach is similar to that used by gays shareholders, who use their stock in companies to advocate for gay- friendly policies, according to Shelley Alpern, vice chair for the Equality Project, a non-profit organization lobbying for gay equality in the workplace. "There has been a tiny handful of reso lutions like this over the past three years,^^ and they never do well," Alpern said. "They have never lead any company to rescind their non-discrimination policy" Kim Mills, education director for the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, called the resolution "wrong- headed." "We don't think it will pass and it's not binding," she said. Coke rates a 71 out of a possible 100 from HRC on its approach to gay issues, Mills said. The company' offers domestic partner bene fits, a non-discrimination policy and a gay employee group, but still has "a ways to go because they don't have a non-discrimination policy that covers gender identity and they don't offer diversity training that covers sexual orientation or gender identity," she said, a Coke offers general diversity trainin^^ that "does not specifically mention any single group," White said. In 2001, the company fought off a shareholder proposal to dilute the company's domestic partner benefits by excluding an anti-gay resolution from proxy materials sent to shareholders. A MORE INFO The Coca-Cola Company P.O. 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