New York's iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern LGBT civil rights movement began, announced today that it is dropping Guinness Beer over the company's decision to maintain its sponsorship of the city's discriminatory St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will be held tomorrow. Organizers of the parade have a longstanding policy of banning LGBT groups from marching.
The Parade, which is the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the country, prohibits LGBT families and organizations from participating.
"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," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
"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."
Stonewall Inn will remove all Guinness products from their establishment at 1 p.m. tomorrow, following a joint press conference with GLAAD and Irish Queers, a NYC-based group that's fought for many years to end the ban.
At least two other local bars -- Pieces Bar and Hardware Bar -- have promised to dump Guinness as well.