Stonewall Inn Stops Serving Anheuser-Busch Beer During Pride Over Political Donations

Stonewall Inn, the site of the famous Stonewall riots in 1969 that galvanized LGBT rights, made the decision to stop serving beers manufactured by Anheuser-Busch during Pride weekend in protest of the company's donations to anti-LGBT politicians.

Stacy Lentz and Kurt Kelly, co-owners of Stonewall Inn, said the ban would be instituted on Friday in support of the "Keep Your Pride" campaign, the Associated Press reported.

The recently launched campaign highlights five companies it says advertise support during Pride, but have made donations to lawmakers who support anti-LGBT legislature. The donations for all companies were compiled from data between 2015 and 2021.

The companies include Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and AT&T.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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Pride flags at Christopher Park are reflected in The Stonewall Inn's window in the West Village on June 3, 2021 in New York City. On May 19, 2021, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted all coronavirus pandemic restrictions paving the way for most Pride month events to resume normally. New York City Pride weekend will be June 25th-27th. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

The campaign, a project of Corporate Accountability Action, used data compiled from the National Institute on Money in Politics to show that Anheuser-Busch contributed more than $35,000 to 29 legislators it described as anti-LGBT between 2015 and 2020.

"We just felt Stonewall having the platform, the power to do this, it was important to stand up," Lentz said. "We really just want Anheuser-Busch to stop donating to lawmakers who are trying to legalize discrimination."

In a statement, Anheuser-Busch said, "We support candidates for public office whose policy positions and objectives support investments in our communities, job creation, and industry growth."

The statement continued, "Together, with our brands, we have a clear role to play in bringing real change and creating an inclusive and equitable world where we cherish and celebrate one another."

It was at an earlier incarnation of the Stonewall Inn in June 1969 when bar patrons fought with police who had come to carry out a raid.

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FILE - In this Monday, June 3, 2019, file photo, Pride flags and colors display on the Stonewall Inn bar, marking the site of 1969 riots that followed a police raid of the bar's gay patrons, in New York. The Stonewall Inn’s owners say they won’t serve certain beers at the famous LGBT bar during Pride weekend to protest manufacturer Anheuser-Busch’s political contributions to some politicians who have supported anti-LGBT legislation. Bebeto Matthews, File/AP Photo