Why is Stonewall Inn banning some beers during NYC Pride?

The Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the US gay rights movement, said it will not sell alcoholic drinks made by the Anheuser-Busch brewer during June 25-27’s NYC Pride weekend, due to corporate donations to conservative lawmakers.

Stonewall Inn, located in New York's Greenwich Village, is considered the birthplace of the United States gay rights movement [File: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]
Stonewall Inn, located in New York's Greenwich Village, is considered the birthplace of the United States gay rights movement [File: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

New York City’s famed LGBT+ Stonewall Inn said it would pour Bud Light and Stella Artois beer down the drain this week to protest corporate donations by the brands’ owner to conservative lawmakers who have backed bills targeting transgender rights.

The Greenwich Village bar, considered the birthplace of the United States gay rights movement, said it would stop selling all alcoholic drinks made by the Anheuser-Busch brewer during June 25-27’s NYC Pride weekend.

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 supported conservative bills on trans rights issues.

Anheuser-Busch, the US’s largest brewer and subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It has not previously commented publicly on the political donations reported by Keep Your Pride.

Stonewall Inn co-owner Stacy Lentz said the “pour out” protest would take place on Wednesday.

“You can’t turn your logo rainbow on social media, call yourself an ally, and then turn around and make donations that fuel hate,” Lentz said in a statement.

“There are really no excuses, and companies like Anheuser-Busch need to own up to what they’ve done,” she added.

More than 250 LGBT+-related bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year, with 18 signed into law, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT+ advocacy group.

The majority of the laws passed restrict trans children from competing in sports, while others ban medical care for trans youth and allow parents to opt their children out of LGBT+-related subjects in 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 taking medical decisions they might later regret.

Source: Reuters

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