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After Intense Blowback OUTVETS Is Now Allowed To March In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

After an intense push-back from sponsors. politicians, and LGBT activists and allies alike,  OUTVETS the gay and lesbian service members organization will now be able to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Boston’s Fox affiliate reports:

After several days of back and forth, organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade have decided to allow LGBT veterans group OUTVETS to participate. The decision was announced in a tweet from parade organizers just before 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“This is something that had to be fixed. This is something that I needed to do,” parade organizer Tim Duross said. OUTVETS had initially been denied entry because parade organizers said they violated the code of conduct which prohibits ‘the advertisement or display of one’s sexual orientation’ by carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a logo with a rainbow on it.

After the initial decision to deny OUTVETS’ application, several companies decided to pull their sponsorship and several prominent politicians announced they would not be participating if the LGBT group was not allowed to march.

Dan Magoon, the parade’s chief marshal, who resigned in solidarity with the LGBT veterans, told CNN he was still boycotting the event; he also had expected more than a tweet in response to the controversy.

“Quite honestly, from my view, the damage has been done,” he said. “I still will be standing by OutVets and see what their decision process is. I’m still not participating in the parade.”

Earlier this week, organizers met with OutVets’ Bryan Bishop and asked him to march without a rainbow banner. He refused.

“This is not a political issue, this is an issue of discrimination against those who served,” Bishop told CNN.

Perhaps maybe this time the Allied War Veterans Council that run the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade will learn how to avoid a PR disaster.  It’s not difficult: INCLUSION. It is just a damn parade after all.

Bigoted Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade Refuses To Allow Gay Veterans Group To March This Year

OUTVETS was the first gay group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade two years ago shattering the years of hateful bigotry from the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston which historically runs the parade and who had for decades not allowed gay groups to participate.  Now, in Trumps AmeriKKKa  the disgracefully hate and bigotry is back. and OUTVETS been denied a permit to march in this years parade.

The Boston Globe reports:

Ed Flynn, a South Boston resident and a member of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council — the parade’s organizer — confirmed that the group did not receive approval to participate. The parade will be held March 19.

“I am saddened and outraged that the Allied War Veterans Council has voted to turn back the clock on equality,” said Flynn, also a City Council candidate, in a statement. The vote at Tuesday’s meeting was 9-4 against allowing OUTVETS to march, Flynn said.

OUTVETS founder and chief executive Bryan Bishop said he was “disgusted” by the move. He also called it “disheartening.” Bishop said Flynn informed him of the decision after the council’s meeting.  The Allied War Veterans Council previously fought attempts by openly gay groups to march, taking the case all the way to the US Supreme Court — and winning.

From the OUTVETS Facebook page:

OUTVETS has marched in the parade for the last two years without incident. We followed their rules to the letter and our presence helped to tear down the wall of discrimination that surrounded this event. In our first year, Congressman Seth Moulton and Secretary of Veterans Services, Francisco Urena marched with our organization in support of LGBTQ Veterans and our right to be respected as Veterans for our selfless service to our nation.

However, last year our organization was placed at the rear of the parade and no where near other Veterans organizations. While many wanted to quit and go home, we agreed that as an organization we were there to honor those who had served and are still serving our country.

OUTVETS complained to the organizers about this and thought we had a good working relationship with the council. We feel that with the death of former South Boston Allied War Veterans Council Commander, Brian Mahoney our strongest ally was gone and the old mindset of bigotry and discrimination crept back into the parade.

This is a sad day for the LGBTQ community but also a horrible day for Veterans. We served our country with honor and distinction. But even after successfully participating in this parade and bringing honor to those who have served, we are still fighting for the respect that comes with serving our country.

Universal Hub reports that Dan Magoon, who heads an organization to honor and support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families, today quit his honorary position as head of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade after its organizers voted to bar a gay veterans group from the procession.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also said this morning he will not march in the parade if the votes stands.

On the South Boston Parade webpage under it’s PARADE CODE OF CONDUCT they state:

Sexual Orientation – We do not ban any persons or Groups based on their sexual orientation. However, we, the Committee, will not allow the advertisement or display of one’s sexual orientation as a topic that should in any way be depicted as a theme of our parade. We feel it deters from the basis of which this Parade has been celebrated historically. This is a celebratory event, with religious, cultural, and historical themes, which pays tribute Saint Patrick and the evacuation of British troops from Dorchester Heights on March 17th 1776.

Welcome to Trump’s America and meet the South Boston Bigots.

Turning back the clock one parade at a time.





Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Vows To Boycott St. Patrick’s Day Parade If Gay Vets Can’t March

Marty Walsh

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, has vowed that if a deal isn’t struck and a group of openly gay group of veterans can’t march in Sunday’s South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade then he won’t participate and will boycott the event.

Walsh, who is of Irish decent added via a WCVB tweet that the debate was not in step with the times: “I can’t understand why in 2014 we’re still having this discussion, this debate. I think it’s far beyond time.” adding “The controversy is … it’s really not controversy.  It’s stubbornness at this point and it’s time to stop being stubborn.”

Earlier this week Boston’s own hometown beer company Sam Adams pulled their sponsorship from the parade.

Walsh remains optimistic that a deal can and will be reached.


Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Organizers Reject Application To March From MassEquality

St Paddys Day Parage

On Wednesday, organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston left a cowardly after-hours voicemail rejecting MassEquality’s application to participate in the 2014 parade. In doing so, organizers cited the 1995 US 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 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, (LGBT) people from participating thus continuing its many years of anti-gay bigotry.

“We don’t know who’s gay in the parade, and we don’t ban gay people. We ban gay demonstrations, people that are sending out the wrong messages, messages that we don’t agree with.” parade organizers pointing out that they accepted the application if the South Boston Association of Non-Profits (SBANP) which stated on its application LGBT members would be marching contingent.

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Coredini issued the following statement in response:

“Since when does being open and proud of being an LGBTQ person in the City of Boston send the ‘wrong message’? It’s stunning that in 2014 a high-profile cultural institution like the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade would force LGBTQ people to retreat back into the closet in order to participate. This is just another version of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Interestingly the REAL St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland embraces LGBT groups and allows them to march.  But considering the “Southie” residents of Boston a very Catholic group has turned the parade into nothing more than an excuse for drinking till you vomit and urinating in public what can you expect.