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Gay Group Invited to South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade, But Can't Identify as Gay: VIDEO

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In a deal brokered by Mayor Martin Walsh, organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade have invited MassEquality, an LGBT rights group, to march in this year's parade , with one condition, the Boston Globe reports:

MassequalityThe group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word gay or refer to sexual orientation.

The paper adds:

In an interview Friday night, Walsh hailed the MassEquality invitation as a major breakthrough in a city that has become increasingly diverse in recent decades. He minimized the significance of the rule barring references to sexual orientation and said he would meet next week with parade organizers and MassEquality to work out details about signs and T-shirts.

“This is probably the biggest step in 20 years,” Walsh said. “I’m really encouraged. We’re going to talk about how we can make this happen, how we can make this a reality.”

The parade is scheduled for March 16. The groups are hopeful they can come to an agreement on signage and T-shirts.

Watch Walsh give an interview on Thursday about his refusal to march in the parade unless gay groups are included, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Totally bogus. "The group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word gay or refer to sexual orientation."

    What a bunch of jerks! Not that I was expecting anything worthwhile from a bunch of Catholic bigots.

    Posted by: Joel | Mar 1, 2014 11:08:44 AM


  2. Inclusive but anonymous = equality? Sounds like a mouthful of argle bargle political BS, Mr. Mayor. How is this progress for LGBT groups?? I don't think so!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 1, 2014 11:14:05 AM


  3. Gay's can march, but leave your Gayness at home. Stupid.

    Posted by: terryp | Mar 1, 2014 11:14:07 AM


  4. At first I read this and thought, "Then what's the point of marching ? Aren't you just playing into the bigotry". Then I stopped and realized that of course EVERYONE will know they're gay. EVERYONE and the parade organizers will just look petty and bigoted. I count that as a win. This really is sort of a big thing for Boston. This battle has been fought for a long time and this is the first step toward full inclusion.

    Posted by: norseman | Mar 1, 2014 11:15:31 AM


  5. That's considerably more insulting than outright exclusion.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 1, 2014 11:15:37 AM


  6. Decline.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 1, 2014 11:21:42 AM


  7. It's obvious what Mayor Walsh is doing. He wants to play both sides, so he created a technicality that allows him to go back on his promise to refuse to participate in the parade unless it includes a gay group. MassEquality should just refuse under these terms. Also, any invitation to Mayor Walsh to march in Boston Pride should require that he not be identified in any way as the mayor.

    Posted by: screamingqueen | Mar 1, 2014 11:27:58 AM


  8. Beyond stupid. Like, Black Group Invited to South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade, But Can't Identify as Black.

    Mayor Walsh has his heart in the right place, but to call this “.. probably the biggest step in 20 years,” is sadly misguided, even delusional. The biggest step would be complete & unconditional inclusion. Until then, the bigoted organizers are simply calling gay people second class citizens. That is not okay with us, nor should it be with Mayor Walsh.

    Posted by: Leroy Lafamme | Mar 1, 2014 11:28:23 AM


  9. The should wear rainbow covered outfits with tape over their mouths...

    Posted by: Gerry | Mar 1, 2014 11:29:22 AM


  10. This is ridiculous! I would do a counter march or something to highlight this and hopefully pull some folks from the parade.

    They should be able to march in the parade and fly that rainbow high!!!

    Posted by: Purdue | Mar 1, 2014 11:42:35 AM


  11. Maybe the gay group should demand a concession in return... no green, for example...

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 1, 2014 11:45:40 AM


  12. Don't do it!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 1, 2014 11:48:45 AM


  13. I want to know why I have never seen any openly gay contingents marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Does Macy's believe gay people don't exist in NYC?

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 1, 2014 12:01:49 PM


  14. As a dual Irish citizen and American citizen why on earth are the St Patricks Day Parades in Boston and NYC homophobic while in Ireland IRELAND I say is progressive?

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 1, 2014 12:02:15 PM


  15. That's some brokering deal.
    Instead of 'No Gays' now we get 'No gay identity'.

    What's the point of marching if you can't identify? Any other group in the parade told they can't identify?

    What's really sad is that this is being portrayed as any sort of improvement on the part of parade organizers.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Mar 1, 2014 12:02:30 PM


  16. The group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word gay or refer to sexual orientation.

    This totally reminds me of Putin's "gay propaganda" law in Russia.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Mar 1, 2014 12:04:34 PM


  17. "We're here. We're not allowed to say why. Get used to us!"

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 1, 2014 12:08:57 PM


  18. I don't see how that's going to work, but I can't wait to see the proposal.

    Posted by: AKChris | Mar 1, 2014 12:28:02 PM


  19. I don't know anything about this but maybe someone can explain why there has to be a gay group on a st. Patrick's day parade?

    Posted by: Will | Mar 1, 2014 12:29:45 PM


  20. nice to know that unless my comments are 100% pro gay they won't be posted. #RUSSIA

    Posted by: jake | Mar 1, 2014 12:41:36 PM


  21. "I don't know anything about this but maybe someone can explain why there has to be a gay group on a st. Patrick's day parade?"

    Because there are gay Irish-Americans. Everybody else gets to clump themselves up by business, hobby, political cause, neighborhood, and so on, and come up with their own group and celebrate the fact that they're Irish. Queers, however, are not allowed to do the same.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 1, 2014 12:47:29 PM


  22. Oh please. Just have the guys dress up as leprechauns shirtless and in tight green booty shorts. Everyone while know which group they are and they don't need to use the word "gay" anywhere. Then the parade will realize that "gay" as a word on a t-shirt is "better" and more wholesome than what the float could be. Uptight assholes.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Mar 1, 2014 12:54:01 PM


  23. "Does Macy's believe gay people don't exist in NYC?"

    @Richard: Considering that both the Grand Marshall and the Creative Director of that parade were gay and thst they were open-minded enough to have no issue with having the drag performers of Kinky Boots performing "Raise you up/Just Be you,". I highly doubt they made up any rule that nobody could use the word "gay."

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 1, 2014 12:55:45 PM


  24. "March right into that closet over there, the rest of us will continue on straight….."

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 1, 2014 1:35:08 PM


  25. They can take that "invitation" and stick it where the sun don't shine. Amazing, how determined some folks are to shove us back into the closet, no matter how ludicrous the method.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Mar 1, 2014 1:38:03 PM


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