Could you turn these friendly fellas down? By now, you’ve probably heard a bit about the controversy — and support — stirred up by a Kent printshop declining to create an order for the guys behind Diesel, the new gay bear bar we told you about earlier this month coming together in the former Martin’s off Madison space. Here’s the e-mail from an employee at Access Printed Media that has everybody shaking their head in shame even though it’s Pride week:
I have some bad news. :/
After careful consideration, my boss has decided that we won’t be able toprint for your bar. Not that we’re against homosexuals at all, but becauseknowing that our printed products will be advertising and promoting the kindof lifestyle that goes against our morals is something that he can’t bringhimself to do.
I really apologize. :/ I wish there was another way I could help you guysout. Let me know if there is.
Good luck, and let me know when the opening night party is so all of us at [redacted] can come out and show you our support!
Diesel’s Mike Reis sent it to CHS so we could see the message for ourselves and share it with the Capitol Hill community. We have redacted one element — the woman who sent the e-mail also works at another area business and we have chosen not to put her at risk of losing her job there.
In the meantime, here’s a look at a promo for Diesel — it looks better on the Internet, anyway. Reis tells us Diesel’s Pride weekend promos will still go forward — he found another printer happy to do the job.