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|Georgia company Media Graphix denies anti-gay discrimination|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011 15:00|
Printing company Media Graphix, accused of anti-gay discrimination by Atlanta-based and gay-owned Carma Productions, said today it does not discriminate against gay people and said the company's claims were "baseless."
In an email today to Carma Production's publisher Thomas Ryan as well as to Jose Soto, editor of The Gay Report, an international website that keeps track of anti-gay businesses, Gus Asadi, CFO of Media Graphix, denied any claims of discrimination, saying the company employs numerous gay people and continues to work with numerous gay companies.
In an Oct. 31 email to Heidi Reis, executive vice president of Carma Productions, an employee denied the company's request to print materials for its Gay Community Yellow Pages citing its "moral objection policy."
"Thank you for your interest in Media Graphix. We will have to decline quoting this job because it conflicts with our Moral Objection Policy. Please see the attached. I'm sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks!" Fatina Malik of Media Graphix responded Oct. 31 in an email to Reis.
The "moral objection policy" includes a specific rule to reject projects that "promote or advertise homosexuality such as Gay Pride."
The policy further states, "Media Graphix is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against hiring regardless of sex, age, religion, or sexual orientation. Homosexual owners of legitimate businesses are welcome and not to be discriminated against."
Asadi, however, does state in his email that Media Graphix "will exercise our right not to print or promote any material that advertises homosexuality and conflicts with any point in our moral objection policy."
The full email from Asadi states:
We deny your claim that our business is anti-gay or discriminates against the gay community. In fact since our inception we have done work with businesses owned by gay individuals, and hired and continue to hire and gave raises to gay employees based only on their skill. We do not hate nor discriminate against gay people, but in this land of America, where there is religious freedom, we will exercise our right not to print or promote any material that advertises homosexuality and conflicts with any point in our moral objection policy.
The holy books of Torah, Bible and Quran all teach us to love our fellow human brethren without exception, whether they have different faiths, opinions or ways of life than ourselves.
It would be quite embarrassing for you and any one participating in this baseless attack, if we were to present evidence that we have numerous current gay clients and have had some gay individuals in our employee who are all well aware of our moral objection policy.
Thanks for your time and I hope this lays to rest your fears and claims of discrimination.
Asadi had to send a correction to his email when he said he made a mistake in his original email to Ryan and Soto that stated the company does discriminate against gay employees.
"Folks I am sorry it was brought to my attention that there was a typo in my last email CORRECTION 'states clearly in our MOP Policy that we do not discriminate and in our employee handbook.'"
Media Graphix also states in its Moral Objection Policy that it will not print materials for:
•"strip joints" or other materials used for erotic purposes that includes nudity or pornography, with the exception of some medical materials;
Thomas Ryan of Carma issued a response to Asadi's claims:
While we appreciate the fact Gus Asadi, CFO of Media Graphix, took the time to respond to our email, we stand firm in our belief that this business discriminates against our community. Mr. Asadi states in his email that "we have numerous current gay clients and have had some gay individuals in our employee who are all well aware of our moral objection policy." While Media Graphix may indeed have current gay clients and/or employees, they are still choosing to discriminate against us because of the type of business we are. They are saying that if I owned an Insurance Agency (a "legitimate" business), they would accept my projects. However, because we happen to produce a resource directory for the LGBTQ community, we are not considered "legitimate" and therefore, they deny us their services. Where exactly is the line of a legitimate business?
Top photo: Media Graphix's offices (via mediagraphix.com)
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