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TRIGGERED: Madison, WI Police Banned From Marching in PRIDE Parade

TRIGGERED: Madison, WI Police Banned From Marching in PRIDE Parade

Madison, Wisconsin law enforcement groups have had their applications rescinded and will not be allowed in the city’s upcoming Pride parade after receiving push-back from social justice activists in the LGBT community.

OutReach LGBT Community Center board member Jill Nagler told the Wisconsin State Journal that LGBT community members voiced concerns about feeling unsafe with officers participating armed and in uniform. OutReach announced Friday that event organizers are rescinding parade applications from Madison and University of Wisconsin-Madison police and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.

Parade organizer Michael Ruiz issued a statement:  “Our community is facing complex, unprecedented times, where power is a fleeting commodity for our most vulnerable members, especially queer and transgender persons of color…Those whose voices are silenced due to gender and sexual orientation, as well as the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, gender, ability, immigration status, age and lack of institutional power, need us to amplify their voices.”

Madison native Jason Harwood said he understands the concerns of LGBT people of color. But says police have supported the community in the past and should not be given their walking papers.

“I want them to continue to march. I think they should have the right to march in the parade,” Harwood said. “They’re at every fundraiser I’ve ever gone to here. They’re at sporting events. They make themselves known so you can feel safe. What they’re asking them to do is remove them from the parade, which shouldn’t happen.”

A recent poll shows that nearly 2/3’s of the LGBT community who participated DO NOT agree with banning police from marching at PRIDE

Madison police Lt. Brian Chaney Austin, who founded Madison Police Department Pride, said he’s disappointed but hopes to further dialogue between the groups.

“There were some hearts broken (by OutReach’s decision), there were some tears shed, but we know there’s work that needs to be done and we want to take that on,” Austin said.

The Madison, Wisconsin Fire Department issued a statement Monday saying it stands in solidarity with Madison Police and will not participate in the Pride Parade.

Despite the banning Police will still be on hand for security.

The parade is August 19.

Radio DJ Aaron Rogers Comes Out As Gay On NCOD Live On Air – VIDEO

Aaron Rogers, a radio DJ and Online Content Director at  WZEE (Z104) in Madison WI took National Coming  Out Day to heart, and told his listeners  yesterday that he would now be living his life as an openly gay man.

Said Rogers to his listeners:

“For anyone listening right now, know that you are not alone and that it’s  okay to feel the way that you do. Life is very short. Know that  you are  loved, appreciated, and respected by more people than you realize. It really  does get better, and you have my support always.”

Well said Aaaron. You a proud and wonderful guy and we are glad to have you with us.

"Attention Target Shoppers…."Queer Rising Infiltrates Madison WI Target And Makes "Bigot Specials" Announcements (Video)

Queer Rising infiltrated a Target in Madison, WI and gave out “Bigotry Coupons” and made “Special Bigot Sale”customer service announcement much to the chargrin of the store manager who looks like Ilse, She Devil of the Nazi’s and sounds like Frances McNormands character from “Fargo”

BREAKING: Madison WI Turns Out To Be NOMS (The National Organization For Marriage) Most MASSIVE FAIL To Date: 466 Marriage Equality Supporters Against 54 NOM Bigots

NOM Tour Tracker reports that MON’s HATE-APOLOOZA Stop in Madison, WI is the most MASSIVE FAIL to date as only 54 NOM supporters showed up, (To be honest that IS their biggest turnout of supporters to date) but over 466 Gay Marriage Equality supporters countered!

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