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LGBT groups shut out from joining in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

Gay Irish group banned from New York event also
Friday, March 16, 2012

BOSTON — Organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes place in South Boston have rejected applications submitted by two LGBT advocacy groups to participate in Sunday’s parade.

The parade organizers — the Allied War Veterans Council — cited a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, which held that parade organizers are legally able to exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from participating.

“The LGBT community in Massachusetts faces many issues more urgent than the ability to participate in a parade – youth homelessness, bullying, anti-transgender discrimination, HIV/AIDS, elder abuse, and more. But public rejection by parade organizers is significant in that it’s emblematic of the more life-altering rejection our community members face every day,” said Kara Suffredini, Executive Director of MassEquality, one of the two groups denied participation.

“It is disappointing that in this climate, parade organizers would choose to reject our application to participate in Sunday’s parade,” Suffredini said, in a statement.

Join the Impact, another LGBT group in Boston, was also denied permission to participate in the main parade this year.

Members of both groups are expected to take part in an alternative march known as the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade, which is scheduled to begin an hour after the main one along the same route.

The alternative parade is organized by the Greater Boston Chapter of the Veterans for Peace, and is in its second year.

Boston is not the only city to ban its LGBT citizens from their St. Patrick’s Day gathering.

The Irish LGBT advocacy group “Irish Queers” plans to hold a protest at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-American Roman Catholic fraternal organization that sponsors the event, has excluded them from participating.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. ..like that’s going to fly..

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:06pm
  2. ikr that is so stupid that they are doing that to us we are people too.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:06pm
  3. But green is right there in the RAINBOW!! What’s their confounded PROBLEM??

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:06pm
  4. This is nothing news.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:07pm
  5. they have so much irrational fear….someday they will deal with this karma

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:07pm
  6. Ah ignorance, what an amazing thing!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:08pm
  7. Irish=white racist, bigots. Ru really surprised?

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:08pm
  8. Same song same verse

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  9. ?

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  10. Here we go again! EQUAL RIGHTS OUR UNALIENABLE RIGHTS GIVE THEM TO US NOW!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  11. yes kevin im glad ur sas open minded as they are.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  12. Booooooooo Hissssss

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:10pm
  13. The Irish have hard heads!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:10pm
  14. Being prejudiced on an LGBT page is illogical, Kevin.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:10pm
  15. Shocker!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:10pm
  16. As far as I know, they have NEVER let gay groups in – this is nothing new.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:12pm
  17. I don’t understand all the fuss by the LGBTQ. I’m gay and Irish and don’t know what one has to do with the other. We want to be excepted everywhere but as something different then the rest of the group. Gay, straight etc, you’re still Irish so march in the damn parade ane be proud of being Irish. We have a pride parade. Where your kilt then if you want and be a proud gay Irishman.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:15pm
  18. corrections—–and–and/ Wear–where

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:17pm
  19. you have pride events why is it necessary to now cause problems with an event that has nothing to do with sexual orientation..gee’s we as a comminity need to give our heads a shake with this entilment crap.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:17pm
  20. EVERY YEAR!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:19pm
  21. All “Saint Patrick’s Day” events (parades, parties, getting drunk, etc.) in the USA have ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTION with the Born-in-Britain Patrick who was a Christian missionary to Ireland. PATRICK WAS NOT IRISH!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 4:33pm
  22. that enrages me wtf? and Boston of all places that is where i am from well not boston suburbs

    Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 9:10am