The Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the US gay rights movement, said it will not sell alcoholic beverages made by brewer Anheuser-Busch during New York Pride Weekend June 25-27 , because of corporate donations to conservative lawmakers.
New York’s famed LGBT + Stonewall Inn said it would pour Bud Light and Stella Artois beer down the drain this week to protest corporate donations from the brand’s owner to Tory lawmakers who backed bills targeting transgender rights.
The Greenwich Village bar, considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement in the United States, has said it will stop selling all alcoholic beverages made by brewer Anheuser-Busch during New York Pride Weekend. York June 25-27.
According to data from Keep Your Pride, an LGBT + campaign that monitors corporate donations, Anheuser-Busch has made 48 donations totaling $ 35,350 since 2015 to 29 lawmakers who have backed conservative trans rights bills.
Anheuser-Busch, America’s largest brewer and a subsidiary of Belgian company Anheuser-Busch InBev, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He has yet to publicly comment on the political donations reported by Keep Your Pride.
Stonewall Inn co-owner Stacy Lentz said the “pour” protest would take place on Wednesday.
“You can’t turn your logo into a rainbow on social media, see yourself as an ally, and then turn around and donate that feeds hate,” Lentz said in a statement.
“There really is no excuse, and companies like Anheuser-Busch have to take responsibility for what they have done,” she added.
More than 250 LGBT +-related bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year, 18 of which have been enacted, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT + rights group.
The majority of laws passed prohibit trans children from participating in sports, while others prohibit medical care for trans youth and allow parents to remove their children from LGBT +-related subjects at school.
Supporters of the laws have said they want to protect the rights of girls and women in school sports and prevent young people from making medical decisions they might later regret.