Alex Blaze

City Councillor Protests St. Patrick's Day March Gay Exclusion

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 20, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: boston, felix arroyo, march, Massachusetts, st. patrick's day

It's hard to believe that gays are still excluded from the St. Patrick's Day march in Boston. It seems like a relic of another part of gay history, but apparently the folks organizing that march are still taking a stand against gay people showing up at all.

felix-arroyo.pngBay Windows has an interview with a city councillor who boycotted the march in protest of the gay exclusion:

Felix Arroyo: I do not march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade because of the Parade organizers' decision to exclude LGBT groups from participating openly. I look forward to marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade when everyone else can. As an At-Large City Councilor, I represent all of Boston and all of Boston's residents. I take that responsibility very seriously. An entire community that I represent is excluded from marching in the parade. While the Supreme Court said it is legally permissible to exclude LGBT groups, I cannot in good conscience march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade until everyone else can.

He's fundraising off of this, which is better than other things he could be fundraising off of (details at the link). It'll take more people of influence doing the same thing to get people to change, but eventually the people who fought to exclude the gays will no longer be in charge of the march and there'll be fewer hurt egos.

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I wonder what will happen with the Boy Scouts and the parade once everyone is on the same page that homophobia is a relic of the past. You never see anyone excluding African-Americans from parades or public accommodations as a court-sanctioned possibility anymore.