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Mixed reactions are coming in from LGBT organizations in response to yesterday's news that New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade would be allowing an openly gay organization to participate "under its own banner" for the first time next year – with many groups saying that while the decision is a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough.
Said Empire State Pride Agenda's Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer:
“The news that the organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade will allow one LGBT group – OUT at NBC Universal – to march under its own banner for the first time strikes us as disappointing and self-serving. While this development is long overdue, inviting one group to march at the exclusion of all others and continuing to refer to our vibrant community as “gay” when it is in fact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, is a far stretch from the full inclusion we deserve.
Statement from LGBT group Irish Queers:
De Blasio said Wednesday that the inclusion of [email protected] was "a step forward," but he would not commit to next year's parade until he knows more.
Guinness' parent company said, "We are pleased to see that the various parties are making progress on this issue." It said it was open to talking with the organizers about supporting the 2015 parade.