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Gay Group Receives 'Hostile' Rejection From St. Patrick's Day Parade Organizers: VIDEO


Gay organizations have a troubled history with the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and are routinely banned from marching in several cities, Boston in particular. This year it appeared that progress, slight as it was, was being made as the gay rights group MassEquality was invited to march, provided none of the members wore t-shirts or held signs that included the word "gay" or referenced their orientation.

That millimeter forward just took a big step back. Parade organizers have now rescinded the invitation after the parade's sponsor, the Allied War Veterans Council, claimed that MassEquality lied on its application and attempted to enter the parade under false pretenses, saying that it wasn't a legitimate veteran's group.

At a closed door City Hall meeting last night it was made clear to us that the LGBT Veterans for Equality do not have 20 United States Veterans who wish to march. Rather, they presented only one supposed Veteran (sic) and a group of others carrying rainbow flags. When asked about a Color Guard, their loan (sic) Veteran replied that he wasn’t sure he could supply any more Veterans willing to march.

It is our belief that the application submitted to us by LGBT Veterans for Equality was a ploy by them to enter this parade under false pretenses and is hereby denied. It is our intention to keep this parade a family friendly event. We will not allow any group to damage the Integrity (sic) of the historic event or our reputation as a safe and fun filled day for all.

MassEquality wanted gay veterans to be able to march openly and proudly, and were shocked by the hostile rejection from the parade organizers.

“We know from experience that change comes through conversation and dialogue. We were encouraged to have an historic opportunity to meet face-to-face with Parade organizers to discuss a contingent involving LGBT veterans, and we did so with open hearts and open minds. We regret that the Parade organizers shut down conversation before an agreement could be finalized,” MassEquality executive director Kara Coredini said in a press release.

Added Coredini: “We were under the impression that negotiations were positive and ongoing, and we were surprised by the abrupt and hostile tone of the Parade organizers’ rejection.”

You can see CBS Boston's coverage of the story (autoplay) AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. uh huh. Gays are not family friendly. Why do LGBTs even bother. Effing bigots.

    Posted by: Andy | Mar 6, 2014 6:52:21 PM

  2. Because crowds of meatheads chugging Jameson and horking in the street are "family friendly," but patriotic self-disciplined LGBT Americans aren't.

    Posted by: BABH | Mar 6, 2014 6:59:53 PM

  3. Why the random (sic)'s in the quoted text? I don't see any errors you're supposedly citing

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 6, 2014 7:31:03 PM

  4. People getting drunk during an event run by a pedophile cult just screams "family"

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 6, 2014 7:34:57 PM

  5. @Mikes, it's "lone" not "loan," and you don't capitalize ordinary nouns in English, only in the native German.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 6, 2014 7:40:02 PM

  6. I can't believe a gay group would try to pull this and then be surprised by their reaction. WTG

    Posted by: ryan | Mar 6, 2014 7:40:16 PM

  7. @Mike - FYI...Neither "Veteran" nor "Integrity" should be capitalized in this context. Granted, these are minor "sics,' but nonetheless errors. However, a major grammatical error is the use of the word "loan" in place of the correct homophone "lone."

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 6, 2014 7:41:48 PM

  8. do a flash mob of homos. problem solved!

    Posted by: kodiak | Mar 6, 2014 7:48:47 PM

  9. And if the Family Research Council or other homophobic organization wanted to march in a gay pride parade they would be allowed? It's their parade, let them do whatever the hell they want.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Mar 6, 2014 7:51:21 PM

  10. Hey Boston. WTF? In Chicago we would pull the parade permit so fast it would make the organizers toupees fall off. Where's the leadership? It's not that hard. What a bunch of political wimps.

    Posted by: ChicagoMike | Mar 6, 2014 7:59:17 PM

  11. Sure sounds like MassEquality misrepresented themselves AND tried to exploit sympathy for veterans. First they call themselves "LGBT Veterans for Equality," and then they call it a contingent "involving" LGBT veterans? That sounds like a phrase calculated to deceive. Unfortunately, being treated unfairly isn't a license to lie. If that's what happened, then the organizers were perfectly justified in reacting in an "abrupt and hostile tone."

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 6, 2014 8:03:01 PM

  12. @arkansassy. There's a legal difference between municipal permitted protesting and parading. Additionally, classes of people, are generally protected north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

    Posted by: ChicagoMike | Mar 6, 2014 8:11:23 PM

  13. Let the mediocre, drunken, wife-beaters who have pedophiles absolve them of their infidelities have their stupid parade the way they want it...boring as green jello.

    Posted by: Jude | Mar 6, 2014 8:23:30 PM

  14. Plenty of blame to go around. The parade is run by 3-4 Neanderthals, giving the neighborhood & city a black eye.

    I have not seen anything from MassEquity, in this or any other press release, denying the charge they misled the parade organizers on the application.

    Chicago Mike, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that parade organizers have the right to ban any group. Many politicians in Boston have refused to march in the parade due to its intolerance. The current mayor has said he will not march unless Mass Equity group marches.

    Posted by: Bostongayirish | Mar 6, 2014 8:31:33 PM

  15. Liberal Bostonians are very homophobic.

    Posted by: roger | Mar 6, 2014 8:58:42 PM

  16. It was reported yesterday that Mass Equality refused to march if the group couldn't identify as gay in any manner, which was one of the conditions of the parade organizers. No use of the word "gay" or "LGBT" on shirts or posters. No rainbow flags, no hand holding, etc. That was the correct thing for Mass Equality to do.

    The veterans issue really doesn't matter. The parade wouldn't have allowed M.E. to march unless they followed those rules.

    Posted by: Patrick | Mar 6, 2014 9:12:48 PM

  17. This is not Boston, it's Southie. There's a reason people sometimes refer to residents of MA as "Massholes" and the "Irish" of Southie are the very worst.
    "Real" Irish people are usually horrified. And btw, the gays march in the parades in Ireland.

    Posted by: petensfo | Mar 6, 2014 9:31:07 PM

  18. Shame on ANYONE and EVERYONE who participates in or attends this parade.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 6, 2014 9:32:10 PM

  19. @Everyone: Let's handle the big issues of marriage equality, not getting beat up on the streets and maybe stopping draconian laws like in Russia and Uganda before we make a big f-ing deal over not being invited to a f-ing party.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Mar 6, 2014 10:18:56 PM

  20. For any not aware, there could be nothing more ridiculous than to suggest this is a 'family friendly' parade.

    It's one giant excuse to slosh around the city drunk, complete with a silly "Evacuation Day" holiday to get the day off.

    Mass Equality would be by far one of the most family friendly contingents in the whole thing, as they always are.

    Just in case there was any doubt.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 6, 2014 10:25:27 PM

  21. The Catholic school bigotry band will now be marching. Their message: "Jesus loves everyone...except the gays."

    Posted by: john patrick | Mar 6, 2014 10:41:08 PM

  22. Strange that this story misses the facts that:

    There's a Supreme Court decision upholding the parade organizers' right to decide who gets to be in the parade.

    There's no way to pull the permit. That's pure suppression of free speech.

    Our new Mayor Walsh started this year's kerfuffle because he'd like to march but won't if LGBT group is excluded.

    Posted by: Bingo | Mar 6, 2014 11:10:41 PM

  23. I think that gangs of lesbians should beat the crap out of random "Irish" people.

    Posted by: enchantra | Mar 7, 2014 2:17:22 AM

  24. Curious that in the good old catholic Ireland, they have no problem with gasin their parade

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 7, 2014 5:15:08 AM

  25. I have real Irish friends (i.e. who were born and grew up in either Ulster or Eire) who laugh about the plastic paddies in the U.S.

    What's wrong with simply being american?

    (I.m a brit by the way with a drop or two of Irish blood and an Irish surname but I don't pretend that I'm Irish or have any great links to the country of a few of my distant (1701) ancestors).

    And yes, the gays do march in the parades in Ireland, but then Ireland has been on quite a journey over the last three decades as any real Irishman will tell you; they have no wish to be trapped in their often cruel past.

    Posted by: arch | Mar 7, 2014 5:33:38 AM

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