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  1. BABH says

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

  2. Rob says

    @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.”

  3. Arkansassy says

    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.

  4. ChicagoMike says

    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.

  5. JJ says

    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.”

  6. ChicagoMike says

    @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.

  7. Jude says

    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.

  8. Bostongayirish says

    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.

  9. Bostongayirish says

    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.

  10. Patrick says

    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.

  11. petensfo says

    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.

  12. Arkansassy says

    @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.

  13. Ryan says

    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.

  14. Bingo says

    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.

  15. arch says

    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.

  16. Corey Mondello says

    Just sent the pigs a tweet:

    @ParadeBoston U treat your child rapists better than all. Liberal Catholic JFK made being Catholic Ok. His best friend was gay.

    and a fax and email:

    To:
    South Boston Allied War Veterans Council
    P.O. Box 350 South Boston MA. 02127
    Sponsors of: The South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day Parade
    http://www.SouthBostonParade.org

    Sneaky move you pulled with the gays. I bet you like to do that to Blacks and Muslims to. Shame. Not all us gays fell for your little fake invitation, actually many didnt, but unfortunately, nothing will change until the grumpy old white men all die off. As for “family friendly” give me a break, your website is filled with links to the “best bars”, that the “Parade highly approves of”. Well I hope you poor folks don’t run into any gays, you might have to start removing some of those bars you approve of. I also wonder where your funding comes from, you may be a private entity, but you do use public roads = my taxes. You have the audacity to insinuate that gays: “try to destroy the integrity of not only this parade, but our faith, this town and our Country.” Again shameful and sneaky! A true disgrace of Boston!

  17. Kevin says

    Family oriented? I have never seen more public intoxication (and associated deplorable behavior) in Boston than at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Certainly Pride events don’t come anywhere near, although there is drinking. Sporting championship parades, however, might come close. Family friendly, riiiiiiiight.

  18. Jess says

    I’m glad the Irish stood up. Nobody else seems to have the balls. Don’t mess with the Irish. This is the “in your face” element of the gay population.

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