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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.


1danikytn(248 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks 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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2dontbeafool(1240 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

@dan, I see where you are coming from, and I don't know why people do that unless they are saying "I am proud to be this". It is just an exclamation that, this IS who I am, deal with it. I guess the group of "Gay Vets" would just be like having a social group like the "Italian American Club" or an Afro American club. If there was just a group of "Veterans" who marched, I would just prefer that the gay vets just marched with them. Personally, if you served our country, I respect you whether you are gay, straight, black, white, dem, or rep. I think the more people make it an issue (like boycotting the parade), the more a particular group will feel the need to form their groups wanting to be accepted.

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3redeye1(4880 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

All the straight people should request to march in the Gay Pride parade with their signs. I wonder what would happen? Don't you

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