C.O. LGBTQ Magazine Denied Display at Sisters Coffee Shop, Told It’d Be ‘Kindling’; Business Says It Was Misunderstanding

Ruth Vernotico, owner and publisher of SUS magazine, shared a social media video about a situation where a manager refused to allow her publication to be displayed at Sisters Coffee Company in Sisters. The manager told Vernotico to take the publication with her to avoid being used as kindling in their fire. Vernotico said they had spoken with one of the owners months prior and agreed to leave the publication in the shop. SUS magazine features topics and stories of the LGBTQ community in Central Oregon. The second issue’s cover features a photo of a local couple kissing. Vernotico encourages others to speak up when faced with similar situations and encourages others to think about helping others. Local businesses like Revival Vintage and the Cellar supported the publication. The owners of Sisters Coffee Company, Jesse, Jared, and Justin, claim that the company’s rule of only displaying two local publications in their stores was not properly explained by the employee. Vernotico says the incident will not discourage them from distributing the magazine and expects to release the third issue later this year.

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