The Stonewall Inn, considered the birthplace of the American gay rights movement, said it will not sell alcoholic beverages made by the Anheuser-Busch brewer due to corporate donations to conservative lawmakers during the NYC Pride weekend of June 25-27.
New York City’s famed LGBT+ Stonewall Inn said it will pour Bud Light and Stella Artois beers down the drain this week to protest corporate donations by the brand’s owner to conservative lawmakers who have raised bills targeting transgender rights. has endorsed.
The Greenwich Village bar, considered the birthplace of the United States Gay Rights Movement, said it would stop selling all alcoholic beverages made by Anheuser-Busch Brewer during NYC Pride Weekend June 25-27.
According to data from the LGBT+ campaign Keep Your Pride that tracks corporate donations, Anheuser-Busch has given 48 donations totaling $35,350 since 2015 to 29 lawmakers who have supported conservative bills on trans rights issues.
Anheuser-Busch, America’s largest brewer and a subsidiary of Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It has not publicly commented on the political charity previously reported by Keep Your Pride.
Stonewall Inn co-owner Stacy Lentz said the “pour out” protest would take place on Wednesday.
“You can’t change your logo rainbow on social media, call yourself an ally, and then turn around and donate to a charity that promotes hate,” Lentz said in a statement.
“There’s really no excuse, and companies like Anheuser-Busch need to own up to what they’ve done,” she said.
According to the LGBT+ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, more than 250 LGBT+-related bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year, 18 of which are included in the law.
Most of the laws passed prohibit trans children from competing in sports, while others ban medical care for trans youth and allow parents to exclude 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 may later regret.