Over the past decade or so, Bulleit bourbon (and its green-labeled brand-mate, a rye whiskey) has become immensely popular as a mid-range product that embodies the idea of affordable luxury and hovers at the knife’s edge between artisanal and mass-market. Owing to a relative absence of phenolics — the flavor compounds that come across as a harsh quality — Bulleit is fairly well-regarded, and not too proud to make itself widely available at Costco in 1.75-liter bottles retailing for under $35. Distilled in Lawrenceburg, Ky., by Tom Bulleit — whose family traces its whiskey-making roots back to the 1830s — it’s subsequently become part of global spirits corporation Diageo.
The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT watchdog group, has named Diageo the “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” for nine years running. But, apparently, the Bulleits are homophobic af.
Hollis Bulleit, daughter of Tom and known as the “First Lady of Bourbon,” posted to Facebook that she and her wife, Cher, had been squeezed out of the family business — as well as the family itself — because they are lesbians.
“One is not respecting personal family business by staying silent when people’s civil rights are at stake,” she writes, detailing the difficulty of separating business concerns from family matters, and adding, “In light of my experience, I do not understand how the company I worked for is on many of the top 10/ 50/ 100 ‘best places’ for LGBTQIA employees to work.” Full text below, emphasis added.
I believe that the subject of homophobia needs to be addressed based on some of the conversations on the page. One is not respecting personal family business by…
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