Bud Light Listed As Sponsor For ‘All Ages’ Drag Queen Pride Party

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Editor’s note: Following the publication of this story, Anheuser-Busch told the Daily Caller News Foundation that “Bud Light is not a sponsor of this event.” Flagstaff Pride later issued a statement stating they “put out an incorrect promotional poster,” and have since removed Bud Light as a listed sponsor. However, Bud Light never addressed whether it previously sponsored the event, or if it pulled its sponsorship, only that it currently does not sponsor the event. This story has been updated accordingly.

Bud Light was listed as a sponsor for an all-ages Pride event and after-party featuring drag queens in Flagstaff, Arizona, according to advertisements.

The June 17 after-party features several famous drag queens and will take place after Flagstaff Pride’s 27th annual Pride in the Pines, and both events listed Bud Light as a sponsor. The after-party is open to “all ages,” and participants under 16 years old require a guardian to attend, according to an online flyer. (RELATED: ‘All Ages’ Drag Show Featured Partial Nudity, Simulated Sex Acts And Other Graphic Content)

Bud Light is still listed as a sponsor on the Flagstaff Pride website.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JUNE 03: Salem Sanderson wears a cape that reads "Drag is Not a Crime" as she performs during the Miss Gay Days Pageant at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld on June 03, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida lawmakers passed anti-LGBTQ laws, Gay Days organizers encouraged visitors to continue to attend one of Florida’s largest gay and lesbian celebrations. One part of the festivities for the weekend will be a Saturday meetup of LGBTQ visitors at Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World theme park, even as Disney is in a legal fight with DeSantis over the governor and Florida Republican lawmakers taking over Disney World’s governing district after Disney officials publicly opposed legislation that critics have dubbed “Don’t Say, Gay.” (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – JUNE 03: Salem Sanderson wears a cape that reads “Drag is Not a Crime” as she performs during the Miss Gay Days Pageant at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld on June 03, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The after-party will feature nine drag queens including host Mya McKenzie, former Miss Phoenix Pride and Miss Gay Arizona America. One performer, Kim Etiquette, performs as a”stupid housewife” character, according to his Instagram.

“Celebrating 27 years in Northern Arizona, Flagstaff Pride’s goal is that Together, we support, unite, and strengthen our LGBTQIA2S+ community,” Pride in the Pines’ webpage reads. “The mission is elevated each year by Flagstaff Pride main event – a family-friendly pride festival in the cool highlands of Flagstaff. By production of the annual Pride in the Pines, Flagstaff Pride catalyses positive difference for LGBTQIA2S, while creating a sense of general community.”

Ticket prices for the daytime Pride event range from $20-$100 and are free to participants 10 and younger. After-party tickets start at $14.

The development comes amid months of plummeting sales after Bud Light parent company Anheuser-Busch sent a commemorative can of beer to transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney in an apparent marketing ploy, which sparked boycotts.

Several states have moved to restrict the attendance of minors at drag shows over the past year after numerous sexually explicit events drew national headlines for allowing children to attend.

The event organizers did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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