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Organizer cancels Wis. pride parade over negative community reaction

Friday, June 21, 2013

WAUSAU, Wis. — The organizer of what would have been the first ever gay pride parade in Wausau, Wis., has cancelled the event, saying he has experienced a wave of ugliness in the community.

Daxx Bouvier told the Wausau Daily Herald that he canceled Saturday’s parade after negative comments from a city council member and in articles in local media.

Bouvier says people who had planned to be in the parade told him they were concerned about their safety.

City Council member Dave Nutting said at meeting earlier this month that people should boycott the parade or, if they went, turn their backs on “deviant-behaving individuals.”

“I do feel a great sense of loss for the (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” he said. “Canceling the parade has set Wausau back 30 years in the way people think about the gay community.”

Bouvier lives in California but owns a home in Wausau. He says he has no further plans to organize gay pride events in Wausau.

The March for Equality, a similar but unrelated event taking place at the same time Saturday still will be held, said its organizer, Shannon Thomas. More than 300 people have committed to participating in the march.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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43 more reader comments:

  1. Such a shame. :/

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:29am
  2. Don’t like it? don’t go to it, problem solved

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:31am
  3. and the Cheeseheads strike again….

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:33am
  4. You can wear cheese on your head and paint your body green and yellow but Gay Pride is wrong.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:33am
  5. I would have too

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:33am
  6. Eff the negative people! That means the LGBT people need a parade more than ever!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:36am
  7. What a shame.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:36am
  8. BAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sound like Wausau is a REPUBLICAN village !!!!!!! Had to say village since that is the way the citizens act. :) :) :)

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:37am
  9. Sorry. Haters are going to hate.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:39am
  10. I feel for gay people trapped in rural America. Get out ASAP!!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:40am
  11. That is sad.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:40am
  12. All the more reason to hold it. Don’t let the bigots win

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:41am
  13. So sad…but sadder to see not that many brave, courageous lgbt

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:42am
  14. screw them!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:43am
  15. Oh, that sucks.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:43am
  16. lame- showing appreciation as a community is so important, Unity and love should prevail without violence

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:48am
  17. This is one of the reasons I’m not always the happiest to live in Wisconsin. (about an hour away from Wausau)

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:50am
  18. I always thought the haters made marching in the parade more fun….LOL

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:00am
  19. Sad…-(

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:02am
  20. Dafuq?

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:04am
  21. No it’s not.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:04am
  22. Not a statement but a question of Wisconsin people.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:05am
  23. Stupidity

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:06am
  24. As a straight male who fights for you and am ostracized for it, MAN THE FUCK UP. They don’t want it? Too bad, so sad.

    Get off your ass and do it.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:06am
  25. There are many layers of politics to this one- I grew up about 30 min. away from Wausau and many LGBTQPIA folks, including myself, were not safe to stay there. However, the question of how to create safety for LGBTQPIA in this area is one that is not neatly answered with a “love it or shove it” pride parade response.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:09am
  26. Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:16am
  27. shameful!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:18am
  28. I would have it anyway!!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:35am
  29. they really need to go forward with the parade then – think of those folks who went forward in Uganda – threatened with government sanctioned death!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:36am
  30. ugliness in WISCONSIN? wow what a shock..in reality madison is very open but remember the repseewnrtatives and gov …bigots homophoobes haters

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:37am
  31. What about “give unto Caesar”. More cherry picking by ?

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:46am
  32. hate…. why, people? WE Queers are NOT going away.. and we fight FOR Love.. not hate…

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:59am
  33. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:01pm
  34. Let me come there, I know how to deal with idiots like that…

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:20pm
  35. If gay people in Russia can demonstrate and fight for their rights in the face government oppression and threats of violence, then gays anywhere in the USA should show the same courage.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:13pm
  36. Boo

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:48pm
  37. Boo!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:48pm
  38. How sad that the haters won.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:55pm
  39. which is all the more reason to have a pride parade. shame on the cowards whom caved in.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 2:07pm
  40. When you give in to bigots they win. Fight for your fucking rights. What would have happened if the founding fathers had said. Well we better not piss off King George…fight ,stand up for who you are. Because if you dont who will?

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 2:08pm
  41. Now they should absolutely have a parade and make it as BIG and NOISY as possible!!!

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 2:54pm
  42. The ( black ) civil rights march through the South faced angry bigots.

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 3:21pm
  43. that wave of ugliness is the very reason you should have continued to hold the parade

    Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 4:26pm