Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-09-06



Comic book publishers sever Uline ties over anti-gay ads
by Matt Simonette

This article shared 924 times since Thu Apr 10, 2014
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

      More Photos

A Portland, Ore.,-based comics publisher announced April 8 that it is severing its relationship with Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.,-based Uline Corp. because of the office supply company's CEO's political ties.

In a letter posted online, officials from Oni Press said they quickly decided to no longer purchase supplies from Uline when they heard about CEO Richard Uihlein's contributions to Family-PAC, which actively campaigned against marriage equality in Illinois.

In early 2013, in the leadup to the vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, Family-PAC organized robocalls that said state Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, had accepted money from "Chicago homosexuals," in order to get constituents to pressure him into a 'no' vote. In November, Smiddy voted in favor of the bill.

The Oni letter's signatories called the PAC "an organization whose core espoused beliefs run counter to the beliefs we hold vital and true. … Everyone is entitled to their opinion and beliefs, but it is also up to us whether or not we choose to support them. We choose instead to support our readers, creators, and employees regardless of their gender identity, race or sexual orientation which is why effective immediately, we are severing all ties with Uline and pursuing a relationship with a local vendor."

Among Oni's publications are Scott Pilgrim, Queen & Country and Black Metal.

John Schork, a spokesman for Oni, said a few comic book creators they work with informed the company of Uline's connections.

"When the editor in chief heard about it, he immediately said, 'Let's find an alternative and get somebody else,'" Schork said. The staff unanimously decided to cut ties with Uline, and chose to write an open letter to announce the decision.

"This is a localized issue, but it is in a sense a national one as well," Schork added, calling the announcement "an opportunity to educate people that it could happen anywhere—had our creators not found out about this, we would still be doing business with [ULine]."

He did not immediately know how much business Oni brought to Uline, but said, "The company got everything from shipping supplies to paper towels from them. They provide pretty much anything you need to run an office."

Representatives from Uline did not immediately return a request for comment.

Uihlein, who lives in Lake Forest, is an enthusiastic supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and is one of the top contributors to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. In September, Crain's referred to him as "the Koch of conservative politics in Illinois." ULINE was originally headquartered in Ilinois, but the company relocated its offices to Pleasant Prairie, near Kenosha, in 2010, receiving about $6 million in state and local incentives in the process.

Uihlein also gave $1.5 million to Liberty Principles PAC ( LPPAC ) in January. Illinois Family Action, a political arm of LPPAC and Illinois Family Institute, sent out mailings opposing state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, who won after heated opposition from Downers Grove teacher Keith Matune in March. Those mailings were widely denounced as homophobic and made unauthorized use of photos belonging to Windy City Times.

Read the letter at the link: .

This article shared 924 times since Thu Apr 10, 2014
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By


Gay News

Dykes to Watch Out For Audible series returns listeners to the '80s
By Ro White - From 1983-2008, Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For captured the drama and hilarity of lesbian life. Now it's been adapted into an Audible Original series that draws parallels between the queer past and ...

Gay News

New HRC data: LGBTQ+ youth still lack critical support and acceptance
From a press release: WASHINGTON—The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released a report in partnership with the ...

Gay News

Iraq banning media from saying 'homosexuality'
Iraq's official media regulator has ordered all media and social-media companies operating in the country not to use the term "homosexuality" and to say "sexual deviance" instead, NBC News reported. The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission ...

Gay News

Okla. anti-trans order narrows gender definitions
In yet another attack on transgender people, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has directed state agencies to use narrow definitions of "female" and "male," according to NBC News. Stitt signed the executive order surrounded by women from ...

Gay News

Dykes to Watch Out For launches as audio series
From 1983 to 2008, Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For offered playful, incisive commentary on lesbian culture. Forty years after the comic's inception, it's been adapted into an audio series produced by author-journalist ...

Gay News

Future seems "gloomy" after recent Supreme Court term
The only thing worse than a bad ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court is a bad ruling that sets up the prospect that the worst is yet to come. Former Solicitor General Donald Verrelli worried about ...

Gay News

Lambda Legal replies to Biden administration proposed HHS grants rule
--From a press release - (Washington, DC, July 11, 2023) — Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed new rule modifying nondiscrimination protections for beneficiaries of and participants in ...

Gay News

Biden administration moves to ensure equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people in federal programs, NCLR responds
--From a press release - WASHINGTON, DC — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the Biden Administration for taking steps to eradicate harmful discrimination in federally-funded social service programs. The U.S. Department of ...

Gay News

Baseball team cuts player who defends anti-LGBTQ+ post
Last month, the Toronto Blue Jays cut pitcher Anthony Bass after he said he didn't think an anti-LGBTQ+ social media post he shared last month was hateful, NBC News noted. The move happened hours before Bass ...

Gay News

Supreme Court rules in favor of anti-gay Colorado web designer, LGBTQ+ groups respond
On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court—which has a conservative majority—ruled in favor of Lorie Smith, an evangelical Christian web designer from Colorado who refuses to work on same-sex weddings, ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Title IX, anti-drag law, Sarah McBride, march, Wellness in Action
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recognized the 51st anniversary of Title IX—the groundbreaking 1972 law passed to protect individuals from discrimination in education on the basis of their sex. In a statement, HRC President Kelley Robinson ...

Gay News

Trans former bus driver alleges discrimination, wrongful termination in court filing against CTA, union
Russia Brown, a former Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus driver whose legal wrangling years ago resulted in the agency adding gender-affirming surgery to its health insurance plan, is in the process of suing both the CTA ...

Gay News

'Our dignity is unassailable': Community readies for June 25 Pride Parade
Despite increasing discrimination against LGBTQ+ people throughout the country, thousands of people are expected to gather for Chicago's annual Pride Parade June 25. The 52nd annual parade kicks off at noon near Montrose Avenue and Broadway. ...

Gay News

NATIONAL School news, Larry Kramer, trans veteran, Steamworks battle
In a late-night vote, the Virginia Beach School Board narrowly approved a resolution that opposes discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ+ youth and adults in the school division, WVEC reported. The vote came after board members spent ...

Gay News

Equality Act reintroduced in Congress
On June 21—and, fittingly, during Pride Month—four Democratic lawmakers reintroduced the Equality Act in Congress. According to ABC News, several lawmakers—including U.S. Rep. Mark Takano as well as U.S. Sens. ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.