It's no secret that QueerBomb Dallas has been highly critical of the Alan Ross Freedom Parade that is set to kick off this Sunday afternoon. Earlier this year, QueerBomb hosted their own alternative pride parade that was free of corporate sponsorship and placed a larger focus on highlighting gender and racial diversity. Even though their parade has already been held, QueerBomb is continuing to highlight the way that Dallas Pride isn't exactly representative of the city's LGBT community.
In addition to concerns about a startling lack of racial and gender diversity among grand marshals during the parade's decades-long tenure, activists from QueerBomb are now charging that the Dallas Tavern Guild (the group that organizes the Alan Ross Freedom Parade) is partnering with companies that don't have the best interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in mind.
Because Pride is hosted on Cedar Springs Avenue, home to most of the city's gay bars, it has been long linked with drinking alcohol. As such, Heineken is the official beer of Dallas Pride, and occupies a prominent place in the event's logo. Heineken is distributed in the United States by Andrews Distributing, owned by Barry Andrews. Earlier this year, Andrews hosted a fundraiser for virulently anti-gay Texas Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick in his home. It's also worth noting that Heineken doesn't provide protections for their transgender employees.