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04/19/2007


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.


Rupert Murdoch: Boycott Guinness for Siding with Gay Groups on St. Patrick's Day

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Following news that Guinness would join Heineken in pulling its sponsorship of the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade over its policy excluding gay groups, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch got on Twitter to declare his outrage.

Murdoch urged "all Irish" to boycott Guinness for supporting gay groups, which he said "bullied" the beer maker into pulling out.

Tweeted Murdoch: "Where will this end? Guinness pulls out of religious parade bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over. Hope all Irish boycott the stuff"

In related news, Laura Ingraham described the Guinness move as "thuggish behavior" while singnut Todd Starnes declared, "So apparently parading is now a civil right."

And Catholic spokeshater Bill Donohue is on the Murdoch boycott beat.


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.


Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Won't March in St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Exclusion

Mayor Marty Walsh announced this morning that he will not participate in the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade over its exclusion of gay groups:

2_walshThe St. Patrick's Day parade was born out of the celebration of Evacuation Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor our military and those brave Americans who have banded together for the sake of freedom. And so much of our Irish history has been shaped by the fight against oppression.

I'm disappointed that this year, I will be unable to participate in the parade. As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city. Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible.

I look forward to participating in this morning's breakfast with my friend Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and I plan to spend the afternoon with my family. On behalf of my entire staff, we wish the entire city a happy Saint Patrick's Day.

As we reported earlier, Sam Adams beer has also pulled its sponsorship of the parade.


Stonewall Inn, NYC Gay Bars to Boycott Guinness Over Sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day Parade

NYC's historic Stonewall Inn plans to dump Guinness Beer and ban sales of it beginning tomorrow, on St. Patrick's Day, over its refusal to drop sponsorship of the St. Patrick's Day parade, which bars gay people from marching, GLAAD reports.

GuinnessPieces Bar and Hardware Bar in NYC have also told GLAAD they will not carry Guinness and GLAAD is continuing outreach to increase the boycott by adding other venues.

Heineken has dropped its sponsorship of the NYC parade over the discriminatory ban, and Sam Adams also dropped its sponsorship of the Boston parade.

Irish Queers will be holding a press conference during this year's parade on Monday 3/17 at 10:30am ET on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th regarding the parade.

“The homophobic bigotry of this parade is reaffirmed each year by the organizers," said JF Mulligan of Irish Queers, in a press release. "The NYPD’s insistence on sending huge uniformed contingents every year makes it clear that the rights of our communities don’t concern them. Commissioner Bratton hasn’t even acknowledged the community’s outrage. If the NYPD and the City refuses to uphold their own anti-bias rules, how can we trust police officers with our safety?”

Then, at 1 pm on Monday, the group will gather with GLAAD and community activists at the Stonewall Inn at which time Guinness products are to be removed from the bar.

Ford Motor Company is another corporate entity which has chosen to stand by its sponsorship of the anti-gay parade.


Ford Stands by Anti-Gay NYC St. Pat's Day Parade as Heineken Drops Out, Guinness is Silent

HeinekenUnder pressure from activists and GLAAD, Heineken has pulled its sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, GLAAD reports:

A company official at Heineken has confirmed to GLAAD that the company will no longer be a sponsor of Monday's parade, saying "we are passionate about equality for all people."

Ford Motor Company has decided that it is okay with LGBT families and organizations being denied permission to take part in the annual event, once again.

FordFord released a statement to CNBC:

"Ford Motor Company is involved in a wide range of events and organizations in communities across the country and around the world, including long-standing participation in this parade. No one person, group or event reflects Ford's views on every issue. What we can tell you is that Ford is proud of its inclusive policies. Every member of the Ford team is valued, and we provide employee benefits regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. "

GuinnessMeanwhile, GLAAD says it continues to reach out to Guinness, which is now the only beer sponsor left on the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade site. They have not heard anything from the brewing company.

Yesterday, the Boston Beer Company said that it was pulling its brand Sam Adams from the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade for its refusal to allow gay groups to march.


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