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Alabama company refuses to print university’s LGBTQ-inclusive magazine

Nov 18, 2019

By Gwen Aviles

Due South, a student publication at the University of South Alabama, has been printed by local business Interstate Printing since 2012. However, when the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Sara Boone, sent over the latest issue for printing, she received an unexpected response.

“After reviewing the subject matter of the 2019 Fall edition of Due South, we must respectfully decline to print this issue of the publication,” Tracey Smith, a spokesperson for Interstate Printing, wrote in an email addressed to Boone that was provided to NBC News. “As the magazine expresses freedom of lifestyles, we must express our freedom by declining to print on the principle that we are a Christian company that does not adhere to the content.”

The email also stated that the company had been working with the University of South Alabama for more than 40 years and hoped to continue working with the school on other projects.

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5 comments on “Alabama company refuses to print university’s LGBTQ-inclusive magazine

  • The email also stated that the company had been working with the University of South Alabama for more than 40 years and hoped to continue working with the school on other projects.

    Bollocks! The university should be looking for another print shop for all their print work. But will they have the balls to do that? Report abuse

  • @OP – The email also stated that the company had been working with the University of South Alabama for more than 40 years and hoped to continue working with the school on other projects.

    I think after making alternative arrangements, a short email should be sent to the company, along the lines of:-

    Re your email:

    “Thank you for your previous service to the University.

    We regret that you have decided you no longer want our custom, so will be  placing all present and future business with alternative printing service providers.”

      Report abuse

  • We regret that you have decided you no longer want our custom, so will be  placing all present and future business with alternative printing service providers.

    Knowing the reputation of deep south states and their academic institutions, I find it difficult to believe that the University will take any such action.  I hope I’m wrong. Report abuse

  • From the article above:

     Luckily, once the community discovered the situation with Interstate Printing, five local companies swooped in, offering their services so the magazine could be released as originally planned, Boone said.

    Problem solved!

    Free enterprise in action. Report abuse

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