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Wausau, Wisconsin Set to Host First Gay Pride Parade

The city of Wausau, a Wisconsin city of 40,000, is planning its first Gay Pride parade on June 22, but local and state bigots aren't happy about it, Rock947 reports:

WausauParade organizer Daxx Bouvier has said the event is long overdue. He is putting about 15-thousand dollars into the event, and encouraging young people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender to come out as see there is support.

Groups including Wisconsin Family Voice oppose the parade, saying it’s “nothing more than a display of immorality and propaganda” and sends the wrong message to young people.

A city alderman weighed in during the Council’s public comment period Tuesday night. 3rd District Alderman David Nutting expressed his opposition to the Gay Pride Parade, and says many of his constituents don’t want it.

Wisconsin hate group Wisconsin Family Action is telling its members to call the City Council and Mayor to oppose the parade:

The parade is specifically geared to draw in “teens and young people” in the hopes of aiding them in “coming out.”

“Our experience with homosexual parades is that they’re nothing more than a display of immorality and propaganda,” said Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling, “This Wausau group is specifically targeting teens, which sends exactly the wrong message to our young people.  The citizens of Wausau need to let their elected officials know their opinion about this parade.”

Feel free to use their links to send your own message to town officials.

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  1. Because all the gay teens that live there might not ever "choose" to be gay if that darned gay parade isn't allowed to happen.

    That's what happened to me:

    I saw a gay pride parade when I was 12 and BAM! - instant gay-ness took over my entire being and I had no choice but to be gay. From that day on I wore lavender clothing and instead of walking, I twirled everywhere I went and sang nothing but Madonna songs.

    Oh, the dangers of seeing gay things!
    Hide the kids, hide the wife!

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 12, 2013 8:52:20 AM


  2. The locals probably know all the gays in the village. Only in whispers but they don't want them "to flaunt themselves".

    Posted by: simon | Jun 12, 2013 9:10:32 AM


  3. My best friend is from Wausau- I probably haven't been there in 15+ yrs but it was a reasonably nice town and they even had a gay bar! It was interesting shall we say. Good for Wausau, I hope they have a successful event!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 12, 2013 10:46:49 AM


  4. I support the parade and the gay bar!!!

    Posted by: Crystal | Jun 12, 2013 11:28:43 AM


  5. As someone who grew up with Wausau being the closest "city" (it was the closest town over 10,000 yet still 1.5 hours away), this makes me very happy.

    Posted by: Aepol1 | Jun 12, 2013 12:36:45 PM


  6. It is not that I think there is anything wrong with having a gay pride parade, but I think if that case they should also have a stright pride parade. I should be able to be just as proud to be straight as those who are gay!

    Posted by: just saying | Jun 12, 2013 2:17:04 PM


  7. Just Sayin, throw your 15,000 dollars into the pot and start organizing your straight parade. Do the work and reap the rewards. Don't wait for someone else. Get after it.

    Posted by: *****overtx | Jun 12, 2013 6:53:14 PM


  8. @just sayin
    Do you know any straights that went through
    2000 years of persecution for being straight?

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 12, 2013 8:49:49 PM


  9. YAY!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 12, 2013 8:54:51 PM


  10. So glad I'll be in Wausau for this!

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 13, 2013 2:39:42 AM


  11. Ask the so-called "family" groups to speak out against the polygamy and incest in the bible, and all you will hear are the sound of crickets chirping.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 13, 2013 5:10:09 PM


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