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N.C. Craft Breweries Protest Anti-LGBT Law With (What Else?) Beer

north carolinaNorth Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law has courted backlash and boycotts from celebritiescorporations, and even porn sites. Now the state’s craft beer industry is getting in on the action.

A consortium of Tar Heel breweries is organizing to produce a beer to raise money with the aim of fighting House Bill 2, the legislation that the state’s Republican governor Pat McCrory signed into law, and which strips away anti-discrimination ordinances written to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

According to the News & Observer, a local outlet for the relatively liberal region known as the Triangle, more than 30 craft breweries are collaborating on the “Don’t Be Mean to People, A Golden Rule Saison.” According to the project’s organizers, all profits from the effort will go to Equality NC and QORDS.

Previously, PayPal cancelled a planned expansion to the Tar Heel State, saying in a statement: “We will stand firm in our commitment to equality and inclusion and our conviction that we can make a difference by living and acting on our values.  It’s the right thing to do for our employees, our customers, and our communities.”

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” Bruce Springsteen wrote in his remarks, announcing that he would be canceling a planned concert in Greensboro.

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