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LGBT Irish Groups Apply For St. Patrick's Day Parade Inclusion, Bill Donohue to Boycott Next Year

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Controversy continues over New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade's policies, and one group is not taking 'no' for an answer.

Yesterday morning, Irish LGBT groups held a press conference on the steps of the New York Public Library. They say that parade organizers have barred them from joining the parade, allowing only one corporate LGBT group to participate. They also claim parade organizers are excluding LGBT groups under the guise of wait-listing. Quoting from Irish Queers' website:

Last week parade organizers announced a secret deal permitting only the gay employee group of the parade's corporate sponsor [...] ILGO was also told by the parade organizers to “apply to march”. The parade organizers - many of the same people who will review our application now, told ILGO that they were on a waiting list, which was a lie. Applying again is 'our gesture of goodwill.'

The corporate group in question is OUT@NBCUniversal, and sources tell The Journal that the only reason they are being allowed to march is that NBC threatened to boycott broadcasting the parade if the group was not accommodated.

 

St. patricks dayOne thing is for certain, if gay groups are not allowed in the parade, it will once again be missing out on the life of the party. Take drag queen Panti Bliss (pictured above), for example. If you're Irish, it's likely you know Panti. If not, you may remember her from her viral "It's Oppressive" rant against homophobia. In the picture above, she's tearing it up at the gay friendly "St. Pats For All" parade in Queens. If the parade organizers continue with their policies, Panti and other LGBT people will have to hold a separate, inclusive celebration, once again.

 

Hopefully next year, we can all come together in support for Ireland.

For proof from 1991-1992 that homophobia at the parade is not a new issue, check out video AFTER THE JUMP...

And in related news, Catholic League whiner Bill Donohue has announced that he will boycott next year's parade because he feels "betrayed."

Writes Donohue:

DonohueFor the past two decades I have been the parade’s most vocal defender of its rules. Repeatedly, I have said that gays have no more been banned from marching than pro-life Catholics have: members of both groups can march with other units; they simply can’t march under their own banner. Why? Because the parade is not about gays or abortion, or anything other than St. Patrick. [...]

My reasons for withdrawing from the parade have nothing to do with Cardinal Dolan or with gays. It has to do with being betrayed by the parade committee. They not only told me one thing, and did another, they decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics. This is as stunning as it is indefensible.

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Catholic League's Bill Donohue Is Worried Gays Won't 'Keep Their Pants On' At St. Patrick's Day Parade: AUDIO

DonohueAnd on the bigot side of the reactions to St. Patrick's Day parade organizers allowing a LGBT organization to march under its own banner is Catholic League president Bill Donohue - a longtime supporter of the ban on gay groups in the parade - who is chiefly concerned with whether or not the gays will "behave" come March. 

Listen to Donohue's comments on Michelangelo Signorile's radio show yesterday, AFTER THE JUMP...

Donohue also said that his support for the rule change is "conditioned on allowing pro-life Catholics to march under their banner just as the gay group can"

Earlier this year, you'll recall Donohue applying to march in NYC's LGBT Pride parade carrying a "Straight is Great" banner in a challenge to its inclusiveness following controversy over the St. Patrick's Day parade's gay exclusion. Parade organizers said they would welcome Donohue, but the Catholic blowhard later got cold feet about the whole thing and canceled. 

And in another anti-gay response to the St. Patrick's Day parade's recent decision, Msgr. Charles Pope with the Archdiocese of Washington is calling for an end to the parade because it has now been hijacked by "those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love." 

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Bill Donohue Claims NYC Pride Organizers Worry His Bigot Marchers Will 'Overwhelm' Parade: VIDEO

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Last week you may recall that pathetic Catholic League whiner Bill Donohue executed an EPIC FAIL after applying to march in the NYC Pride parade behind a "Straight is Great" banner.

Donohue, who was hoping to make a crass point about NYC St. Patrick's Day parade organizers excluding gays by having his application turned down by Pride organizers, basically turned tail and ran when his application was accepted, and used the sorry excuse of having to attend a mandatory information session about the march (which he redubbed a "gay training session") as the reason for his cold feet.

Now Donohue claims that NYC Pride organizers turned him down because they are worried that there would be SO MANY people who would join his bigot contingent of "Straight is Great" marchers that the parade would be overwhelmed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The "gay training sessions" that Donohue claims take place, are safety and rules sessions required of all participants, according to organizers:

“These trainings address line-up times, check-in locations, our moment of silence, dispersal activity, NYPD safety policies, attire and vehicle/sound permits. It is imperative that group leaders know this information.”

Says Donohue: "Quite frankly, as a straight guy, I don’t go to gay training sessions. I think I’m pretty much an untrainable guy when it comes to this thing."

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Pathetic Catholic League Whiner Bill Donohue Gets Cold Feet About Marching in the NYC Pride Parade

Earlier this week we reported that Catholic League bigmouth Bill Donohue was making a big deal about the fact that he was going to test the tolerance and inclusiveness of the LGBT community in response to the controversy over the St. Patrick's Day parade's exclusion of gay groups. He was going to apply to march in NYC's LGBT Pride parade.

DonohueDonohue was hoping to raise a stink when he was turned down, but the parade organizers said he could march.

Donohue today announced that he was not going to march, using the sorry excuse of a mandatory "information session" as a way to weasel out of it.

Read Donohue's pathetic statement below.

Writes Donohue on the Catholic League site:

For the past few days I have been engaged in an e-mail conversation with officials from the Heritage of Pride parade, New York’s annual gay event; the dialogue has been cordial. I asked to join the parade under a banner that would read, “Straight is Great.” The purpose of my request was to see just how far they would go without forcing me to abide by their rules. It didn’t take long before they did.

Today, I informed Heritage of Pride officials that I objected to their rule requiring me to attend gay training sessions, or what they call “information” sessions. “I don’t agree with your rule,” I said. They responded by saying that attendance was “mandatory.”

The St. Patrick’s Day parade has mandatory rules, too. It bars groups representing their own cause from marching, which is why pro-life Catholics—not just gays—are barred from participating under their own banner. But only gays complain: they refuse to abide by the rules. Indeed, they went into federal court seeking to force a rule change. They lost. In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that private parades have a First Amendment right to determine their own rules.

It is hypocritical for gay activists to complain about having to abide by the mandatory rules of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and then inform me that I cannot march in their parade unless I respect their mandatory rules, rules that I reject. Good luck to the Heritage of Pride participants. I may be watching it from afar, but I sure won’t be downing a Guinness afterwards.

Notice how Donohue tried to embellish the requirements, first calling the information sessions some kind of "gay training" session as if we would want to recruit him.

Rich Juzwiak offered him some advice on that note:

"...as for those 'gay training sessions,' nobody wants Bill Donohue's ass and he should stop flattering himself. Take a number, buddy, it'll be in the millions."


NYC Pride Responds to Catholic League's Bill Donohue's Interest in Marching in Parade: VIDEO

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Last night we reported that Catholic League mouthpiece Bill Donohue had applied to march in NYC's LGBT Pride parade carrying a "Straight is Great" banner in a challenge to its inclusiveness following controversy over gay exclusion from the St. Patrick's Day parade.

NYC Pride has responded, it tells Towleroad:

In response to email communications from Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, NYC Pride representatives provided instructions for the March’s online registration system.

“Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March. His group’s presence affirms the need for this year’s Pride theme, ‘We Have Won When We’re One.’ Straight is great – as long as there’s no hate,” said David Studinski, March Director of NYC Pride.

Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride, added, “Straight allies are great. We have thousands of straight people participating in the Pride March, including Catholic groups, who support LGBT youth, families and married couples.”

GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project provided background information on Bill Donohue's recent statements on LGBT people. On February 27, 2014, Donohue gave a video interview with World Over with Raymond Arroyo in which he stated, "If I wanted to get into their gay pride parade with my own float with big banners saying 'straight is great,' they would have a right to feel put-upon and I wouldn't do that to them."

Watch (quote is at 12:30), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bill Donohue Applies to March in the NYC LGBT Pride Parade with 'Straight is Great' Banner

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Catholic League mouthpiece Bill Donohue has applied to march in NYC's LGBT Pride parade behind a "Straight is Great" banner he told conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg today and says he'll bring "a big wedding cake" if they allow him, Right Wing Watch reports.

Donohue is challenging the inclusiveness of the parade as a reaction to the controversy over the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s ban on gay groups.

Listen, below:

He also said that he's going to go after Guinness "non-stop" for pulling out of the St. Patrick's Day parade.


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