[A St Patrick’s Day protest by the LGBT community on Fifth Avenue in New York in 2012, over the LGBT parade ban]
Guinness has withdrawn its sponsorship from the New York St Patrick’s Day parade because of the ban on openly gay and lesbian groups marching.
Boston Beer Company (which produces Samuel Adams Lager) pulled their sponsorship from the parade in Boston for the same reason, while Heineken has also withdrawn it’s support from the New York City parade.
The Guardian reports:
“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” the brewer said in a written statement issued by a spokesman for its UK parent company, Diageo.
“As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” Guinness said.
Photographer Christopher Morris’s shots of the NY subway 33 years ago – the grimy, crime-ridden, tag-covered face of what, until a crackdown by the NYPD and Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy in the late 90s, was one of America’s most dangerous cities.
“In New York City, subway conductors have to point at a black and white sign. At every hour of the day. At every stop. On every train. Like they’re some sort of automated robot that just happens to go home to families and children and processes complex human emotion. They do this to show that they’ve fully arrived on the platform. Conductors spend their whole day in that small booth, alone. It is incredibly loud, and they get minimal human contact. We decided to show our appreciation for their work.”