You know those free magazines that you find at grocery stores? They're usually about cars, employment, parenting and so on. They run the gamut of topics and professionalism and are always stuck by the exit.
It seems that in Nashville, Kroger has decided to yank copies of Out and About Nashville from the racks after the paper had a contract to display them there. The company's reason? According to an e-mailed statement by the company, "We do not permit publications with a religious, political or other agenda." Gee, would that by The Gay Agenda?
For years the magazine had stand alone boxes outside of the stores until they were told they would need to sign a contract with DistribuTech, a company that rented space inside for free publications.
Jerry Jones, publisher of the gay-orientated monthly newspaper, says he was told of the decision Monday by Derek Duhame, vice president of DistribuTech. Atlanta-based DistribuTech is a national chain that rents space at Kroger stores. O&ANhad signed on to pay DistribuTech almost $1,800 monthly for space at the Kroger.
Local organizations are organizing a protest of the grocery chain by asking LGBT people to shop at other grocery stores and send them the receipts. Organizations backing the protest include the Tennessee Equality Project, Nashville GLBT Chamber, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and Nashville Pride, Inc. You can contact Kroger and DistribuTech customer service to lodge a complaint here.