(AP) — The owners of the Stonewall Inn
say they will not serve certain beers at the famous LGBT
bar during Pride
weekend to protest
Anheuser-Busch's political contributions to some politicians
who have supported anti-LGBT legislation.
Co-owners Stacy Lentz and Kurt Kelly announced the ban on Friday in support of the “Keep Your Pride” campaign, a recently launched effort that highlights five companies that, according to the campaign, advertise support during Pride but have also made contributions to anti-LGBT lawmakers.
The campaign, a project of Corporate Accountability Action, used data from the National Institute on Money
to show that between 2015 and 2020, Anheuser-Busch gave more than $35,000 to 29 legislators it labeled as anti-LGBT.
“We just felt that because Stonewall had the platform and the power to do this, it was important to stand up,” Lentz said, adding, “We really just want Anheuser-Busch to stop donating to lawmakers who are trying to legalize discrimination
Anheuser-Busch said in a statement, "We support candidates for public office whose policy positions and objectives support investments in our communities, job creation, and industry growth."
“Together, with our brands, we have a clear role to play in bringing about real change and creating an inclusive and equitable world where we cherish and celebrate one another,” the statement continued.
It was in June 1969, at an earlier incarnation of the Stonewall Inn, that bar patrons fought with police
who had come to carry out a raid
, that galvanized gay rights activism across the country and around the world.