On Sunday, June 18, members of a neo-Nazi group protested outside of Teatotaller during their monthly drag story hour. The business opened its Concord location on Main Street in 2022 and holds a variety of events.
This month is also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, celebrated in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.
In light of this most recent event at Teatotaller, City of Concord Mayor Jim Bouley issued a statement.
“I stand with and support the LGBTQ+ community in their fight for equal rights and acceptance. Businesses like Teatotaller and many other organizations add to the diversity, vitality, and cultural fabric of our city, and we are proud to have them here. I condemn, in the strongest terms, the actions of neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, and other hate groups who seek to spread bigotry, intolerance, and violence. I will keep working to ensure that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, or any other characteristic, is treated with dignity, respect, and equality under the law,” said Bouley.
“Hate has no place in our society. We must stand together in condemning all forms of bigotry and discrimination, including white supremacists and their hateful ideologies. There is no room for racism or bigotry in our communities. I call out and condemn white supremacists and their hateful rhetoric, and am actively working toward creating a more tolerant and welcoming society for all,” he continued.
Mayor Bouley is currently part of the City’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging Committee whose responsibilities are to create an inclusive process for public engagement so all Concord residents feel a sense of belonging and can authentically participate in the decision-making processes that impact their lives.