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Guinness withdraws from St. Patrick’s Day parade over LGBT ban

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NEW YORK -- Guinness is the latest beer giant to withdraw its support for a St. Patrick's Day parade because lesbian and gay groups aren't allowed to march openly.

The beer maker late Sunday announced its decision to drop its sponsorship of Monday's parade in New York City.

Over the weekend, gay rights icon Stonewall Inn had threatened to stop selling Guinness beer if the company continued to sponsor the parade. And LGBT advocacy group GLAAD had planned an anti-Guinness event on Monday.

"We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year's parade," Guinness said in a statement. "As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation."

Parade organizers could not be reached for comment.

The announcement by Guinness comes days after rival Heineken also pulled out of the New York City parade, and Sam Adams announced that it would no longer sponsor the Boston parade for the same reason.

Both parades have policies under which sexual orientation is not allowed to be displayed, meaning marchers are not able to hold signs or wear shirts identifying themselves as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender).

"Today, Guinness sent a strong message to its customers and employees; discrimination should never be celebrated," GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

The speaker of the New York City Council also congratulated the three beer companies on their decisions.

"I want to commend Guinness, Sam Adams and Heineken for taking a stand on behalf of the LGBT community who should be able to march openly and proudly in the St. Patrick's Day Parade," Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement.


  • FaithC

    This issue come up every year for the past 15 years that I know about.

    This is a private parade, anybody can have one in NYC all you have to do is to get a permit, provide clean up and security.

  • Rex

    Yet another example of America being bullied by the LGBT community. It is time to take a stand! Lets stop being pushed around and caving in to every group that wants ‘inclusion’. Maybe a holiday that is celebrating a SAINT, isn’t the place to push an agenda that isn’t Christian.

    • Shep

      Amen Rex.
      Once again LGBT-QRS is attempting to force their lifestyle down our throat. They were offered the same right to march as the Pro-life and Pro-abortion supporters. They just like everyone else couldn’t display it. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is about celibrating St. Patrick and everything Irish. Nothing else. Stop forcing your lifestyle on everyone.

    • Scarfoot

      Yet another example supporting my conclusion they (the LGTB/GLAAD) are a terrorist organization and should be treated as such. Why? Because they issue threats to those who believe differently than they do. The very definition of terrorism is the issuance of “threats to intimidate or coerce”.

  • Thomas

    Newsflash, gays and lesbians….if you think that bullying and coercion are going to lead to acceptance, you are dead wrong-especially when you don’t offer any tolerance for someone who dares to disagree with your decadent lifestyle CHOICE.

    • JT

      So, when did you choose to be straight, Thomas (assuming you are…) Good for Guiness and the other beer makers that boycotted. Wonder if the others brewers remember Harvey Milk’s campaign to boycott Coors beer in the 1970’s. It worked then, and it appears as though it’s working now.

    • Sigh.

      If you actually let something as benign as this decision change your alcohol consumption habits, you have no backbone. How sophomoric. The private parade has their rights. LGBT folks have theirs. (PS, as much as it pains me to ask, by your logic, you’re going to want to stop wearing condoms…Church And Dwight (Trojan condoms) are very big supporters of LGBT folk….etc etc etc so forth.))

    • JT

      Actually, it did. There are entire sections of states that will not allow Swaschicka in their areas. Just because we still do here in Hooterville doesn’t mean the rest of the country is as backwards and prejudiced as we are.

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