Hands On Originals, a t-shirt business in Lexington, Kentucky, has drawn controversy because it refuses to print shirts for the city’s annual gay pride parade.
Hands On Originals told parade organizers that its Christian beliefs are the reason that it declined the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington’s (GLSO) request for the t-shirts.
Kentucky.com reports that the GLSO has filed a discrimination complaint with Lexington’s Human Rights Commission, which works to ensure that discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, and sexual orientation doesn’t take place in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Aaron Baker, of the GLSO, said in a statement: “Hands On Originals does a lot of business in this town, and people should be aware of the situation, so they can make an informed decision about whether they want to buy from them. It came as a shock because many of us are Christians, too, and what’s that have to do with anything?”
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