In response to actions and statements taken by Anheuser-Busch which strongly bring into question their support of the LGBTQ+ community, Sidetrack will cease selling Bud, Bud Light and 312.
For 41 years Sidetrack has encouraged liquor and beer companies that have wished to garner the LGBTQ+ customer base to actively support our community. For many years, there were very few companies that were willing to risk this sort of exposure. Sidetrack appreciates the relationships that have developed with the brands that support us. This support helped to fund initiatives to pass city and state-wide human rights ordinances in Chicago and Illinois to include the LGBTQ+ community. Sidetrack continues to be encouraged by the increase in support from brands to the LGBTQ+ Community over the last 4 decades as the country’s support for the LGBTQ+ Community has increased.
However, we must also hold brands accountable if they take active steps against LGTBQ+ equality, visibility, and safety.
Bud Light’s recent decision to drop the Dylan Mulvaney campaign, to put on “leave” those who created it, as well as the statement by its CEO, wrongfully validates the position that it is acceptable to acquiesce to the demands of those who do not support the Trans Community and wish to erase LGBTQ+ visibility. In light of this, Sidetrack will cease the sale of Anheuser-Busch products including Bud, Bud Light and Goose Island 312.
Until Anheuser-Busch can clearly demonstrate that they will not acquiesce to the voices of hate that wish to erase LGBTQ+ existence, Sidetrack will continue to boycott their products. Until then, Sidetrack will continue to partner with brands that work to give back to the LGBTQ+ Community and lift the voices of all its members. Sidetrack stands with other Chicago LGBTQ+ owned bars and businesses that have also dropped Anheuser-Busch products.