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Gay Veterans To March In Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade - VIDEO

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Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will next year include representatives of gay veterans group OutVets, reports ABC News.

The parade’s organizers the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which in 1995 won a Supreme Court decision upholding their right to ban gay groups from the parade, yesterday voted 5-4 to allow OutVets to march in the parade scheduled for March 15th. The group has also been given permission to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military, and six vertical rainbow stripes.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fcce3e89970b-800wiBryan Bishop, OutVets founder and U.S. Air Force veteran, said:

"I think it's very significant. Ensuring that there is 100 percent inclusivity is important."

Council commander Brian Mahoney added that OutVets is being allowed to march because of their military service, not sexual orientation:

"This conforms to the tenets of the parade. The parade is devoted to honoring the service of veterans. It's is our aim to honor that service and the history of the Irish Catholics in Boston. Anything that detracts from that is verboten."

This year, LGBT group MassEquality was invited to take part in the parade but the invitation was later rescinded. Boston mayor Marty Walsh refused to take part last March because of the exclusion of LGBT people. Sam Adams beer also pulled out as sponsor of the parade.

In a similar move, Guinness dropped sponsorship of New York’s controversial St Patrick’s Day parade this year.

Watch Mahoney discuss his reasons for pulling out of the parade, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rose Of Tralee Maria Walsh Reveals She's Gay - VIDEO

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Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh, the 2014 winner of Irish international beauty pageant The Rose of Tralee, has revealed that she is gay, reports The Independent.

Now in its 55th year, the Rose of Tralee includes young women of Irish descent from Ireland and around the world. 

In an interview with the Irish Sun, Walsh, who was crowned the new Rose in County Kerry on Saturday night, said:

"I'm confident in who I am as a person. The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women's intelligence, careers, their volunteer work. The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal. It's natural."

Walsh is a Boston native who moved to County Mayo with her family 20 years ago. Following her graduation, she moved to New York and later to Philadelphia.

Last week, reigning Miss Spain Patricia Yurena became the first openly gay national pageant queen.

Watch an interview with Walsh, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Robin Williams Fans Show Their Love At 'Good Will Hunting' Bench: VIDEO

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Robin Williams fans are still reeling over the actor's unexpected passing. Many have left their regards and flowers at the actor's star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Others have turned to places from films Williams starred in.

Some of the most touching of these displays have been in the Boston Public Garden, which was the site of the famous bench scene in Good Will Hunting, the movie for which Williams won his Oscar. Many have written quotes from the film around the garden, and some, controversially, have left beer bottles as a nod to Williams' struggle with alcohol.

Check out pictures of the Boston fan tribute at Mashable, and check out the park bench scene from Good Will Hunting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gov. Deval Patrick and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Named Boston’s 2014 Pride Parade Grand Marshals

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Boston Pride has announced that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, along with drag activist troup Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, will serve as Grand Marshals for the upcoming 2014 Pride Parade.

The Rainbow Times reports:

“We are excited to announce Governor Deval Patrick as a Grand Marshal this year as it will be his last year in the Governor’s office.  We are honored to have him as Grand Marshal to celebrate his accomplishments and thank him for his unwavering support of the LGBT community,” said Boston Pride President Sylvain Bruni. “Also, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have had a significant impact as a charitable organization in the LGBT community with their activism for LGBT and human rights. With their work, both Marshals have embodied the Pride’s mission of inclusion and diversity, and we are grateful to have them as part of our celebration.”

Boston Pride Week 2014 will be held from June 6th through June 15th. This year’s theme is “Be Yourself, Change the World.”

More information and details can be found at www.bostonpride.org.


Anti-Gay Activist Scott Lively Marches In Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade

Yesterday anti-gay activist and long-shot gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively — a man currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his role in helping pass Uganda’s odious “Kill the Gays” law — marched in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Scott_livelyHe also released a press statement praising the parade’s organizers for “keeping the parade a family-friendly event” by refusing the participation of LGBT Irish groups.

Part of Lively’s statement read:

“The LGBT bullies, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, are giving the St. Paddy’s Day Parade organizers a hard time for keeping the parade a family-friendly event, but they are standing strong for family values and not bowing to intimidation…

The media is predictably crying ’discrimination,’ but thank God the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the parade organizers have the constitutional right to exclude anyone they please.”

Boston brewer Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship from the march over its LGBT-exclusion.

Little did Lively know that the parade had a secretly gay float in it.


Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade Had a Stealth Gay Float with Rainbow Cannons

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The Boston Globe reports on a group from the Lower End:

The group wore scally caps and rainbow-colored bead necklaces. Some wore ties; others had donned jeans and sweaters. As they marched up Broadway, cheers continued. A building boom in the neighborhood has forged strong bonds between long-time South Boston residents and newcomers, some of whom are gay. In their seven years in the neighborhood, Foster and his husband, Steve Martin, the two men spearheading the neighborhood float, had become active in the St. Vincent’s Lower End Neighborhood Association.

Thought MassEquality was denied permission to march in the parade, this group went stealth:

The float with the rainbow cannon fire was pulled by a pickup truck with a banner that read, “Celebrate the diversity of Boston.” But there was nothing to indicate that the group consisted largely of gay marchers.

In its parade application, the contingent described its entry as a “diversity float” that would welcome people of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. They had approval from parade organizers to wear scarves with a variety of colors and symbols, including an equal sign for gay rights.

But none of the marchers wore scarves.

“You’ve got 25 gay guys marching,” Foster said. “Any of them could have chosen to wear a scarf to make a statement. None of them did.”

Standing at the edge of the parade on Broadway, Britta Hiester waved a rainbow flag and cheered loudly as the float passed. Hiester lives and a block away and wanted to show support for the float and the message of diversity.

“I know that many of my neighbors are being forced to speak in a coded way about their identity,” Hiester said, flapping the rainbow flag in the crisp air. “I brought this because I could.”

More here.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declined to march in the parade because of the official exclusion of gay groups. It also lost the sponsorship of Sam Adams beer.


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