Manchester’s LGBTQ+ community has slammed a luxury hotel in the city for naming one of its cocktails after Stonewall Riots activist Marsha P Johnson but not donating any profits from sales of the drink to charity.
Hotel Brooklyn posted details of the cocktail on Instagram to mark what would have been Manchester Gay Pride Week, had it not been for the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, following criticism, the hotel has now said that it will work with the local LGBT community to find the best charity to donate to - although having sold only four of the cocktails, the cash donation, it warns, will not be ‘a big amount’.
Speaking about the controversy, hotel General Manager Paul Bayliss MBE said in a statement: "We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone by launching our Pride cocktail in memory of American gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen, Marsha P Johnson.
"The team at Hotel Brooklyn has long been inspired by her, and the design of our cocktail - which was launched in February - was genuinely intended to be a good-hearted statement that Hotel Brooklyn is open to everyone.
"It is really important for us to stand up for the right of all people to live their lives the way they want to.
"All proceeds from the cocktail itself will be made to an appropriate LGBTQ+ charity and we are taking advice on this from a senior member of the LGBTQ+ community in Manchester."
In an interview with Gaydio Manchester, Mr Bayliss said: "We haven't sold that many Marsha P Johnson cocktails. We've sold four in fact.
"If people want us to donate the money that we have for the cocktail, we're quite happy to do that, but it wouldn't be a big amount."
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