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Aired Apr 6, 2023

April 6 is New Beer’s Eve!

National Beer Day is celebrated on April 7 each year to recognize the passage of the Cullen-Harrison Act, which eventually led to the passage of the 21st Amendment. This allowed queer bars to become an integral part of LGBTQ+ history. And for more than 50 years beer brands have demonstrated their allyship to the LGBTQ+ community.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, April 6. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Article: Gay Men Drink Craft Beer, Too — On Lad Culture, Stereotypes, and Beer’s Cultural Barriers

Source: Good Beer Hunting

Author:  Damian Kerlin

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Think back to the first time you can remember seeing LGBTQ+ inclusive advertising for beer. When was it? Where was it? At the time how did you see it: An example of visibility or an example of rainbow washing? Why?
  2. Before reading this article had you ever thought of the social and cultural implications of the drinks that you order while dining at a restaurant or out with friends? Why or why not? After reading this article, do you think that you’ll view what people order differently?
  3. What can LGBTQ+ people and allies do to impact beer culture in the United States so that it feels more inclusive?

Bonus Resources: Check out “The Culture War Has Come to Craft Brewing. Time to Pick a Side.” from VinePair by Dave Infante and these resources from Hop Culture.

One more thing…PFLAG previously hosted a conversation about, queer sober spaces, as a part of Something to Talk About Live in August, 2021. You can access that show by going to: Being Queer and Sober. You can learn about LGBTQ+ inclusive recovery services from Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery.

About Our Guests:

Eric Scheiner, Digital Product Owner, Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits

Jamie Henkel, Learning & Inclusion Manager, PFLAG National

Ways to Watch:

Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.