'It's time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family'
The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The reason for the boycott is because New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc, the organizer of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the US, bans gay organizations from marching.
The Stonewall Riots, the start of the modern gay rights movement, started at the bar in 1969 June.
GLAAD, an LGBTI media watch organization, made the announcement on its website today (16 March).
‘The ban on gay and lesbian people marching openly forces me, as a proud Irish New Yorker, to look my five year-old twins in the eye and tell them that the parade organizers don’t think our family is good enough to join in the celebration,’ GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.
‘By supporting the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Guinness is telling its LGBT customers and employees that it supports the parade’s discriminatory ban,’ Ellis continued. ‘It’s time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family.’
GLAAD and members of Irish Queers will be at Stonewall tomorrow, 17 March, to remove Guinness products from the bar.
Irish Queers organizes yearly protests of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day march.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.