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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio To Boycott The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Exclusion Of LGBT Groups

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New York City’s newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that he will not attend this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over the event’s long-running ban on LGBT participants. But added that despite his personal boycott of this years parade that NYC employees will be allowed to march if they wish.

De Blasio says he won’t partake in the traditional march along Fifth Avenue because of parade organizers’ refusal to allow participants to carry gay-pride signs. The new mayor’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, always marched. De Blasio also did not march while public advocate. Its organizers say gay people are welcome to march, but they say signs celebrating being gay would detract from the parade’s focus on honoring Irish heritage. The parade is a tradition that predates the city itself. Organizers predict more than 1 million people will attend on March 17.

“I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to. And I respect that right,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters today when asked about the issue at his latest appointment press conference at City Hall. LGBT leaders and other officials, including Public Advocate Tish James, wrote an open letter to the mayor yesterday in the Gay City News calling on him to “Ban Uniformed City Personnel in Discriminatory St. Pat’s Parade.” The police commissioner and uniformed police, firefighters and other city personnel typically march in the parade down Fifth Avenue every year.

Of course the Catholic League’s resident anti-gay hater, propagandist, and all around douchebag Bill Donohue says that he is thrilled that De Blasio won’t be there.

“This is the first time in New York City history that its mayor has decided to boycott the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Personally, I am delighted: I lead the Catholic League contingent every year, and I do not want to march with a public official who does not want to be associated with Irish Catholics. De Blasio says he will not march because the parade does not allow pro-gay signs. Neither does it allow pro-life ones. The great myth has always been that the parade is anti-gay: in previous years, I have gone on the radio inviting gays to march with the Catholic League, provided they do not draw attention to themselves or to some extrinsic cause. The parade is not about homosexuals, or abortion, or anything other than honoring St. Patrick..”

I’m glad the commie, gay loving liberal mayor won’t be there! Nothing, absolutely nothing should distract from the dignity and sanctity of drinking till you puke into your green plastic hat while pissing on a storefront and then passing out in the gutter.  *snort*

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7 thoughts on “NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio To Boycott The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Exclusion Of LGBT Groups”

    1. I’m sorry; branding, stereotyping, whatever, entire groups is racist, homophobic, misogynist, etc. Using the drunken stereotype on the Irish is not only offensive, it’s racist.

    2. I’m sorry; branding, stereotyping, whatever, entire groups is racist, homophobic, misogynist, etc. Using the drunken stereotype on the Irish is not only offensive, it’s racist. I can understand passion and he is right about the parade and its leaders; nonetheless, being “passionate” is not an excuse for more bigotry.

  1. I was so quick to defend Will that I did not express myself very well. We can all be intolerant, Kevin, but Will is very passionate and does not deserve to be called racist. His expressive asides are what makes Back2Stonewall to much fun. He reports on a lot of ugliness and deserves to be cut some slack. Thanks Will.

    1. I can understand passion, and he is right about the parade and its leaders. However, that does not excuse branding and stereotyping an entire goup. That is racist, homophobic, misogynist, whatever, including using the offensive “drunken Irish” stereotype.

      1. I was actually using the “drunken everyone” stereotype. I didn’t say Irish and we all know that there are thousands of people there of all nationalities many of which drinking heavily and acting stupid.

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