Members from the Bristol Pride team visited Bristol businesses that are taking a stand for LGBT Equality this weekend to showcase their commitment and support.
Lush Bristol have launched a #signoflove campaign whilst Brewdog has launched a special ‘Protest Beer’ My Name is…Vladimir #notforgays.
It’s great to see businesses taking a stand and supporting LGBT equality and helping to raise awareness of the homophobia and hate that exists.
If you get a chance by not tweet your local Lush Store (Bristol: @lush_bristol and Cribbs @LushCribbs) with your photo for #signoflove. The campaign is to raise awareness that Love is not a freedom that is enjoyed all over the world and that in some countries in particular Russia who have passed anti-gay laws which are ‘archaic, unjust and only serves to reinforce prejudices against gay people, creating a culture of hostility against LGBTQ communities in Russia’ so why not show your solidarity by uploading a photo of yourself painted with a pink triangle, using pink lipstick perhaps, then share your #SignofLove
We then headed over to Brewdog, who have a bar on Baldwin Street in Bristol have launched a limited-edition ‘Hello, My Name is Vladimir’ beer which features a Warhol-esque impression of Vladimir Putin wearing make-up on its label and the satirical *not for gays small print across the bottom and on the back includes such quips as:
“Drinking me gives you energy, ignorance and dogmatism required to shoot a deer (with your top off) and pass internationally denounced, discriminatory legislation (top optional) before you’ve even had your caviar breakfast.”
The beer is aimed as a protest against the President’s gay laws and to “hold up a mirror to discriminatory legislation signed off by Mr Putin.” Half the sales money will go to LGBT organisations working towards fighting discriminations across the world.
Here are some of the photos from the weekend and a BIG Bristol Pride high five to these organisations making a stand!