Thursday, June 30, 2022

Miller Lite and Dr. Eric Cervini Spotlight Ten Pivotal Bars in LGBTQ+ History with Release of New Guidebook, ‘Beers & Queer History’

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This guidebook marks the next phase of Miller Lite’s ‘Open & Proud’ program, culminating in its latest donation to Equality Federation

Following its pre-order launch during LGBTQ+ History Month in October 2021, Miller Lite and Dr. Eric Cervini are now releasing physical copies of the new guidebook, ‘Beers and Queer History’, which explores the little-known stories of ten iconic queer bars throughout history. From New York City to San Francisco and many places in between, the book gives a historical perspective to some of the most treasured queer spaces both past and present including: White Horse Inn (Oakland, Calif.), The Chicken Hut (Washington D.C.), Black Cat Cafe (San Francisco), Julius’ (New York City), Black Cat Tavern (Los Angeles), Rusty’s (Philadelphia), The Stonewall Inn (New York City), Jeffery Pub (Chicago), Club One (Savannah, Georgia), Panic Bar (Lincoln, Neb.).

The guide features original illustrations from Miller Lite and historical context from Dr. Eric Cervini, Pulitzer Prize nominee and celebrated LGBTQ+ historian. In development of this guide, Dr. Cervini carefully selected each bar based on the significant role it played in either queer history, or the local LGBTQ+ community it serves. These stories highlight the bar’s contributions as well as the important queer figures at their center, such as Marsha P. Johnson at the Stonewall Inn and Lady Chablis at Club One.

“It was thrilling as a historian to get an opportunity to dive into the stories of one of my favorite topics, historical queer spaces,” says Dr. Cervini. “I’m honored to share these stories in partnership with Miller Lite as queer history so often goes unshared with mainstream society.”

‘Beers and Queer History’ is Miller Lite’s latest endeavor along with its ‘Open & Proud’ program that supports the LGBTQ+ community through a multi-year partnership with the Equality Federation aiming to make the bars it serves more inclusive spaces. Over the last year Miller Lite has hosted town-hall-style forums across the U.S., compiling the learnings from these sessions into a comprehensive training guide for bars, restaurants and venues to ‘walk the walk’ of authentic inclusivity. In 2022, Miller Lite will donate an additional $200,000 to Equality Federation to support its network of state-based organizations focused on LGBTQ+ community advocacy.

“Miller Lite is one of America’s favorite beers, and while our fans can expect us to show up in many different ways throughout the year, our ‘Open & Proud’ initiative is one that is close to our hearts,” said Sofia Colucci, vice president of marketing, Miller Family of Brands. “We hope the release of this guidebook and its crucial lessons will inspire people to be more inclusive, to learn and to share their own authentic stories.”

Those that purchased ‘Beers and Queer History’ at pre-order will begin receiving books this month. For anyone interested in purchasing the guidebook, they can sign up for notification of new quantities at For more information on Miller Lite and its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, visit


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