Target: Sam Adams CEO, Jim Koch
Goal: Thank Samuel Adams brewery for removing its beer from a St. Patrick’s Day parade that will not be allowing LGBT groups to march
One of the most LGBT friendly cities in the United States is taking a tremendous step backwards by not allowing LGBT groups to participate in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and brewing company Sam Adams has something to say about it. Boston’s most popular and noteworthy beer company just announced that due to these anti-LGBT policies, they will not be serving their beer at the parade; a decision worthy of the highest praise.
Twenty LGBT veterans were planning to march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, but after certain homophobic groups such as the boy scouts threatened that they would not march if the gay veterans marched, the veterans were prohibited. Despite strong opposition from Mayor Marty Walsh and several other groups, the parade is still not allowing them to march. Mayor Walsh even says that he will not march in protest of this decision. Parade organizer Philip J. Wuschke made a statement saying “Our theme is St Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day. It isn’t a sexually oriented parade. They have parades for that.”
This is a disgusting display of homophobia in a city that has been open to LGBT groups for many years. It is unheard of that this exclusion is occurring even through opposition of the city’s mayor. The fact that Sam Adams is able to recognize this and is willing to take such a loss from an event that is usually very high paying for them is tremendously respectable.
Please sign this petition below to thank Sam Adams for their noble decision to not serve their beer at the parade which is excluding LGBT groups.
Dear Sam Adams CEO, Jim Koch
Thank you for your recent decision of refusing to serve your beer at the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade for their refusal to allow LGBT groups to march in the parade. It is both astonishing and pitiful that this city which has a long reputation of being LGBT-friendly, is taking such anti-LGBT actions, even though several groups and people including Mayor Marty Walsh are now boycotting for said actions.
We are very thankful that you were able to recognize this injustice. We are aware that this is a very high-profit event for you and it is very noble that you are willing to take such a large loss for a good cause. As the most beloved and notable beer in Boston, we believe that your actions will cause parade organizers to regret their homophobic actions when they see a result of the Sam-Adams free St. Patrick’s Day parade.
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