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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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Discrimination Against Gay Teachers In Ireland To End Soon

Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has indicated that a forthcoming change in legislation will ensure that public service workers will no longer face discrimination based on sexual orientation, marital status, or gender identity, reports The Journal.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e1313c7970d-800wiThe Irish government announced in June that it intended to introduce an amendment to the Employment Equality Act.

The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), which “has vigorously campaigned for amendment of the act in order to remove the cloud of fear and intimidation which hangs over many of our members because of its continued existence,” said that it welcomes Ó Ríordáin’s commitment to amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act.

Ó Ríordáin said:

“This has been of particular concern to those in the education and health sectors where many schools and hospitals are funded by the state, but run by a religious order.

"The consequence of this Act can have a chilling effect on concerned workers who are divorced or are single parents, as well as members of the LGBT Community, as it can mean that they cannot be open about their status in their workplace.

"In education, it denies many young LGBT people role models, as their LGBT teachers cannot openly identify their sexuality.”

The TUI added, “It should go without saying in 2014 that nobody should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or family status."

Ireland is set to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in early 2015.


Harlem Hate Pastor Warns Michael Sam Might Marry A Nine-Year-Old Boy - VIDEO

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James David Manning, birther, homophobe and chief pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church on 123rd Street in Harlem, New York City, has said that same-sex marriage will lead “someone like Michael Sam or others” to legally marry a 9-year-old boy, reports Right Wing Watch.

Manning suggests that such marriages will take place in “an Arabic nation or a nation without power to retort.” 6a00d8341c730253ef01a73d9063be970d-500wi

Earlier this year, Manning caused a stir with a sign outside his church advocating for the stoning of gay people.

Manning also calls same-sex marriages “fixations” and “legalized perverted orgies.”

In another truly bizarre video uploaded to his website on Monday, Manning claimed that the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a victim of “the power of sodomy” because it will “allow sodomites to march in the parade under their own banner.”

Watch Manning’s hateful ramblings, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Thousands March For Marriage Equality In Dublin, Urge Ireland To Replace 'Tolerance' With 'Citizenship' - VIDEO

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An estimated 8,000 people took part in the fifth annual March for Marriage in Dublin, Ireland, last Saturday, reports The Irish Times.

Some dressed in sashes and tiaras after the news that the newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh had revealed she is gay.

NoiseThe organisers of the march said that hoped this would be the biggest - and last - gathering for same-sex marriage equality prior to a referendum on the issue to be held early next year.

Comedian and writer Tara Flynn, who last week starred in an LGBT Noise video spoofing the “Armagayddon” that sadly some believe will come about if marriage equality becomes law, introduced speakers at the end of the march.

Watch an Independent report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Warning against complacency among supporters of equal rights, Marriage Equality’s Gráinne Healy asked the crowd to check the electoral register to make sure they and their friends and family are registered to vote.

Representatives from LGBT youth organisation BelongTo, INTO LGBT Teachers’ Group, the Union of Students in Ireland, trans rights organisation TENI, and LGBT Pavee representing the traveller community also spoke.

Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole called for Irish society to replace “tolerance” of LGBT people with “citizenship”. He told the crowd:

"What we’re asking for is a recognition of a change that has already happened... The slogan I would suggest is ‘if you want a Republic, put a ring on it.’”

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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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Straight Couple Reflects On 'Armagayddon' In New Irish Marriage PSA: VIDEO

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As we previously reported, Ireland is set to have a referendum on gay marriage in 2015. In the lead up to the vote, Irish activist group LGBT Noise has released a video spoofing the “Armagayddon” that sadly some believe will ensue if marriage equality comes to Ireland. As Joe.My.God points out, the result is hilarious.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP…

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