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St. Pat’s parades proceed amid tension over gays



Published: Mon, March 17, 2014 @ 10:42 a.m.

St. Pat’s parades proceed amid tension over gays

NEW YORK (AP) — A weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating today in New York, where Guinness beer and the city’s new mayor planned to sit out the world’s largest parade celebrating Irish heritage. Mayor Bill de Blasio held the traditional St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion with the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, but planned to boycott the parade, which doesn’t allow expressions of gay identity. Boston’s new mayor, Martin Walsh, also opted out of that city’s parade Sunday after talks broke down that would have allowed a gay veterans group to march.


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1danikytn(248 comments)posted 6 months, 1 week ago

Listen, im not a homophobic, I could care less who or what people do...However, why let that be ALL you are about? Can you not be a mother, a father, a sister, a friend, a parade goer, who just happens to be gay? Not a gay mother, gay father, etc...I don't live my life according to what sex im attracted to, I don't join clubs, parades, groups, go to concerts, get jobs, based on who I would like to be with. I understand they feel oppressed. I understand they want equal rights. However, is that all they are? Do you have to constantly make that the issue? I am tired of being overwhelmed by it. Do what you want, who you want, however you want. I couldn't care less. Just be who you are, no need to shout or proclaim or protest or single yourself out. Geesh.

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