It may be the oldest brewery in America, but the LGBT community isn’t sticking to Yuengling beer after the company’s owner vocally supported Donald Trump and vehemently anti-gay Mike Pence. Richard “Dick” Yuengling, Jr. gave Eric Trump a tour of the brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and threw his support for the candidate.
“Our guys are behind your father,” Yuengling said after Eric Trump said Donald will make it easier for the company to do business. “We need him in there.”
Sims wrote on Facebook: “One of the most prevalent brands in the gayborhood and in LGBT bars across the Commonwealth, is using our own dollars to back a person and an ideology that says that our lives… matter less,” he said. “More to the point, those dollars are being used right now to give power to his bigoted messages attacking our black and brown neighbors and all of the women in our lives…Our communities know a thing or two about voting with our dollars,” Sims added, “and I won’t be using my hard-earned dollars to give power to any company or person who hates me. What about you?”
Gay and lesbian bars have begun to drop the beer including D.C.’s JR’s Bar who posted a video of the bar manager removing the beer from the tap. “When people support things that don’t support us, then we don’t support them,” he said.
According to The Advocate other bars include: 18th and U Duplex Diner, Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, D.C. Eagle, The Dirty Goose, Dito’s Bar, Dupont Italian Kitchen, Floriana Level One Cobalt, Freddy’s Beach Bar, Green Lantern, Kangaroo Boxing Club, Larry’s Lounge, Nelly’s, Number 9, Town, Town Patio, Trade, and Ziegfeld’s.
You can show your disapproval for the company’s support of an anti-LGBT, anti-women candidate by tweeting #DumpYuengling to your favorite gay bar.