Protest Today's St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Today is the day when Irish people wear green, march with pride, and kick openly gay people to the curb.

It's the disgracefully exclusive St. Patrick's Day Parade, where the green vomit all over the streets never has a hint of lavender in it because that would somehow be too crass.

And it's time to protest, especially since the men in blue have no problem showing up to support the green!

Go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets and let them know you think the parade is a bigoted bunch of blarney.

As a release just told me:

"The parade is touted by organizers as an explicitly 'anti-gay, Catholic' event and has been defined in court as a 'private, religious procession' in order to preserve the right to exclude LGBT marchers.

"Protesters, organized by the group Irish Queers, contend that NYPD participation in such a parade is a violation of New York City's human rights code.

" 'Year after year, we watch thousands of uniformed NYPD participate in this anti-gay march. It reinforces everything LGBT people already fear about police: We're not safe with them, they haven't rejected discrimination, and they won't object when someone else discriminates,' said J.F. Mulligan, who plans to protest with Irish Queers.

"In advance of the parade, a group of eleven LGBT community organizations delivered a letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly calling for the full withdrawal of uniformed officers from the anti-gay march. Commissioner Kelly failed to respond to a similar request made last September."

We're waiting, Ray.



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Diana
Diana

The gays have their own parade!  It is called the Doh Dah parade!  Isn't that enought for them?

Diana
Diana

Why don't they protest the Chinese new year parade?  Is it because most of the people in the parade are white?  Is it a protest against white people having a parade instead of a minority group?

Diana
Diana

Why are these gay people protesting only during St Patty's Day?  Why don't they protest during the other celebrations like MLK day or the Mexican cinco de mayo?  Why do only want to ruin St. Patty's Day? 

Drew =^.^=
Drew =^.^=

The Irish in Ireland are more progressive than the Irish Americans.

Sad but true!

JOD
JOD

I'd like to emphasise this parade has nothing to do with *Irish* people discriminating against gays. Rather it concerns itself with so called "Irish Americans" - mostly people who have weak or non-existent cultural connections to Ireland - flaunting their bigotry with homophobic prejudice.The irony of all this is that gays participate openly in St Patrick Day Parades in Dublin and all across Ireland.As the Irish foreign minister said today, in reference to the NYC Parade,"Exclusion is not an Irish thing."It's also worth noting that this year Ireland introduced civil partnerships for same sex couples granting all the rights of marriage, and opinion polls consistently show that upwards of 65 per cent of Irish people support gay marriage. As a country we are not bigots, we don't hate gays, and I wish Americans with dubious claims of Irish "heritage" would stop propagating a view of Ireland which is backward, bigoted and offensive.

Proudgayirishparadehater
Proudgayirishparadehater

ProudGayIrish, Michael is talking about the parade. And it is a big ugly scar down the face of Irish New York. This parade is live on TV for four hours today and is a huge symbol of the Irish in the city, the country and across the world. And it is a disgusting blight on the idea of equality.

The antediluvian arcosaurs who promote this outdated discrimination should be ashamed of themselves and their bigotry. I'm proud to be Irish and gay, and proud also not to go near this parade today except to protest its existence

Torti
Torti

I think it's pretty clear, especially from the title, that he's referring to the parade.

Proud Gay Irish
Proud Gay Irish

Michael, this is a repulsive statement on your part: "Today is the day when Irish people wear green, march with pride, and kick openly gay people to the curb."

I am Irish. I am gay. The organizers of the parade do NOT represent the views of all Irish or Irish Americans on this issue. It is very upsetting for those of us Irish NYers -- the majority if us I assure you -- who think that the parade organizers are dinosaur homophobes that the parade remains exclusionary. I have not looked at the parade in 15 years. But you only add insult to my own injury with statements such as this. I would appreciate it if you would modify your post. Thank you and Happy St Patrick's Day from an Irish kid raised in the Bronx who's Irish Catholic family loves him, his gay brother, and my partner.

Pollypurebread
Pollypurebread

Let's not replace their hatred of us with our hatred of them.

latenitebump
latenitebump

why would you want to march in that parade, anyway? irish. gay. whatever. who cares? it´s just a bunch of drunk (irish?) people all over the place (1 day out of the year--thank God!) in bars you would never imagine getting legally plastered way beyond the legal limit.great business for alcohol companies, bars in new york, and mayor bloomberg this day.gay and catholic don´t mix. not in ireland.good luck. i´ll look for the story next day in paper.under casualties.

winniemc
winniemc

Ironically, gay and Irish DO mix in Ireland; Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade has been inclusive for years and actually puts out statements condemning the New York Hibernians for their lack of inclusion.

Regina Bell
Regina Bell

I'm protesting by not showing up at this hateful event & by not picking my nose all day.

Maureenohorror
Maureenohorror

There ARE gay people in the parade. There just can't be any OPENLY gay people. It's sick.

Imp
Imp

I never understood how it could be a parade for Irish people, but not GAY irish people.

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