Pint Bar Launches Controversial “Discrimination Sucks” Campaign

Wolf Sterling, owner of Pint Bar downtown  (34 Wayne Street), has taken it upon himself to do something about the discriminatory laws faced by the LGBT community in Arizona and Kansas. In an effort to raise awareness, Sterling posted the above sign outside his business and on the bar’s Facebook page, and he hopes others will do the same.

“It’s partially tongue in cheek and it’s partially not,” explains Sterling, “(Pint) is a largely gay bar. If a gay person from Arizona or Kansas came into my bar, would I refuse to serve them? Probably not. I mean, listen – modern day discrimination is sweeping the nation. The sign is a way of asking ‘What if this happens to you?’ It’s a way of showing what happens when we start discriminating.

“I was born and raised in Arizona. Arizona is near and dear to my heart. And Arizona wasn’t crazy like this when I grew up there,” Sterling continues, “I put the sign up as a way to bring attention to this issue. And it worked. All day long after I put the sign up, my neighbors streamed in asking questions. When people heard about it, they were shocked.”

Almost immediately after posting the sign, the dialogue did increase. The “teeny neighborhood bar” saw dozens of fresh Facebook Likes – which is huge response for a bar with a maximum capacity of 48. And not all of the feedback was positive. When asked about the comments that spouted axioms such as “discrimination breeds discrimination,” Sterling was unfazed.

“I think that when people say ‘You’re against discrimination by being discriminatory,’ that misses the point. The point is that this is what will happen if these laws pass.”

And according to the New York Times yesterday – Arizona’s governor  Jan Brewer vetoed the bill. Sterling’s response – “I ban Arizonans from Pint and hours later Jan Brewer vetoes their anti-gay bill? Coincidence? Methinks not. Chalk up another win for craft beer, baby!”

For information about Pint, visit them at pintbar.com.

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Mel Kozakiewicz

is a writer, performer, and professor. She lives in the Heights section of Jersey City and she is a former editor for Jersey City Independent.