Gays May Finally March in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Parade

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    Mar 02, 2014 6:05 AM GMT
    South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, the second-largest in the country after New York’s, could be on the verge of a historic breakthrough — the participation of a gay advocacy group that had been banned from the parade for two decades.

    Details were still being worked out on Saturday, but Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who had threatened to boycott the parade if gay groups were excluded, said in a statement that he was “optimistic that a solution can be reached.” And Philip J. Wuschke Jr., the parade’s organizer, said in an interview, “It will happen.”

    But the gay advocacy group, MassEquality, was balking at a proviso in the terms of a tentative deal. The organizers had said that the gay group could march under its organization’s banner, but only if its members did not wear T-shirts or carry placards that identified their sexual orientation.

    MassEquality said in a statement that it would participate only if lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people could march openly.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/us/parade-deal-would-allow-gays-to-march.html
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    Mar 02, 2014 7:06 AM GMT
    I'm irish, guys.
    My culture is clearly superior to all yours.

    #jealousmuch?
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    Mar 02, 2014 10:53 AM GMT
    Not sure what St Patrick had to do with gay rights, and what St Patrick's Day has to do with being gay?
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    Mar 02, 2014 11:39 AM GMT
    i2ci2i said
    Import saidI'm irish, guys.
    My culture is clearly superior to all yours.

    #jealousmuch?


    Honey, you're not Irish. For many reasons.

    Also to the post above me, the gays love any excuse to enjoy a cocktail. icon_wink.gif


    St Paddy was not Irish either, he was a POME.icon_wink.gif

    But many straights, bi's and even Bonafide homosexuals would love a Cocktail too, but you don't have to wave the rainbow flag to do that, or to even participate in a St Paddy's day Parade.
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    Mar 03, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    I think it's another great indicator of the progress being made on civil rights.

    If the organizers of the various parades don't feel signs are appropriate when they are not specific to St. Patrick's day, they should prevent all organizations from carrying banners.

    There are a ton of organizations that are allowed to show their support by carrying banners for their businesses, schools, and Irish social organizations.
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    Mar 04, 2014 5:08 AM GMT
    It's made someone angry.

    Catholic School Quits Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Because Gays Allowed

    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/catholic-school-quits-boston-saint-patricks-day-parade-because-gays-allowed/discrimination/2014/03/03/83905

    Silly Catholics. Don't you know it's not a real parade without the gays?
  • Cutlass

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    Mar 04, 2014 10:20 AM GMT
    Why can't they wear T-shirts and carry placards indicating their orientation? They're gay and proud, as well they should be.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 04, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    Some of these conservative Roman Catholics need to grow up and get their thinking out of the dark ages. Why can't gay Irish-Americans proudly march in a St Patricks Day Parade. Because of fairy tales from the old testament.
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    Mar 04, 2014 5:00 PM GMT
    It was my understanding that this requirement was not only for gays but for ANYONE that marched in the parade. Other than your organizational banner, no other indications of political/social position could be advocated. This was so as to ensure that there were no distraction from the purpose of the parade, St. Patrick's Day. If this has always been the agreement, why would gay advocates want more? I'm wondering if anyone that has been to the parade knows if this was the case or not.

    Has this not been the case in the past? If a group had a particular 'agenda' were they able to march under their banner with shirts/placards exclaiming their position? (IE: pro life or boy scouts)
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    Mar 05, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    MassEquality will not be allowed to march in the parade, after all. icon_mad.gif

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/boston-catholic-school-st-pattys_n_4905145.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000050
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    Mar 05, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidMassEquality will not be allowed to march in the parade, after all. icon_mad.gif

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/boston-catholic-school-st-pattys_n_4905145.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000050


    The people glad that gays aren't in the parade should all ask themselves this: Would Christ have said, 'do not let them join in'? I think Boston's Metropolitan Community Church should step right in and be in the parade, and every one of those gays denied the parade be in that part of the parade.

    In fact, I think I'll call them.
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    Mar 05, 2014 9:58 PM GMT
    Well, that was entirely satisfying. Nice fellow at the other end. Great conversation!
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    Mar 05, 2014 10:11 PM GMT
    AWesome!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 05, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
    Sláinte! Erin go Bragh! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 05, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    meninlove said Well, that was entirely satisfying. Nice fellow at the other end. Great conversation!

    Did he have anything good to say, or are glbt organizations just not going to be a part of the march?

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/03/04/patrick-parade-organizers-again-reject-application-from-massequality-march-procession/NuaiRF1MT4z5YgAsdFXUcN/story.html
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    Mar 15, 2014 9:59 PM GMT
    If gays are equal, they shouldn't need to be segregated into separate marching groups.

    Guys: many people don't want us as a separate group in the St. Patrick's Day Parades because of the rampant nudity, public sex, debauchery and drugs in Gay Pride parades.

    If you don't respect yourself, you can't ask it from others.

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    Mar 15, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidIf gays are equal, they shouldn't need to be segregated into separate marching groups.

    Guys: many people don't want us as a separate group in the St. Patrick's Day Parades because of the rampant nudity, public sex, debauchery and drugs in Gay Pride parades.

    If you don't respect yourself, you can't ask it from others.



    Its a little too early for the Pride debate, come back in a month or two.
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    Mar 15, 2014 11:57 PM GMT
    With gays walking in all walks of life, I'm not sure what the rainbow flag has to do with St Paddy or his day? Gays will still be able to walk and participate in St Patrick's day. Must be because some gays feel their sexuality defines them as a whole.

    Oh my lordly be, wait until other groups want to take over the gay parades, then you will truly see an outcry of injustice. Acceptance they demand, yet not so accepting are they.icon_redface.gif

    Any wonder the L word has become such a dirty word in Australia.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 15, 2014 11:59 PM GMT
    Rather ironic that a tradition that features pipers in "skirts" feels so threatened by gay men.

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    Mar 16, 2014 12:10 AM GMT
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    I just had to post this.
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    Mar 16, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidBig-Guy-in-Kilt2.jpg

    I just had to post this.


    And I'm very glad you did! Love thick thighs on a guy. Just finished making my kilt by the way. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 16, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidBig-Guy-in-Kilt2.jpg

    I just had to post this.
    Irishman, hot! More please.
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    Mar 16, 2014 1:57 AM GMT
    woodsmen said
    coolarmydude saidBig-Guy-in-Kilt2.jpg

    I just had to post this.
    Irishman, hot! More please.


    Um, he's hot, but he's Scottish - not Irish!
  • waccamatt

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    Mar 16, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    Gay and Lesbian organizations ought to be allowed to participate in any event under their correct names. LGBT organizations have had floats or groups marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade where I live, for most of the last 20 years.
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    Mar 16, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
    "Um, he's hot, but he's Scottish - not Irish!"

    Laugh Out Loud! I don't know how to discern white people. These islanders, they look good!