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No-Wristbanders Resist Pride Regimentation

No-Wristbanders Resist Pride Regimentation

BY ANDY HUMM | The theme of this year’s LGBTQ Pride Parade was “Defiantly Different,” but when activists from Reclaim Pride, a group I’ve participated in, organized Wristband Resisters to challenge the requirement from the parade organizers, Heritage of Pride (HOP), that all marchers register and obtain wristbands from them, the organizers pushed back, sought the […]

This Year We March

This Year We March

BY EMMAIA GELMAN | This Thursday, Irish Queers will break with 25 years of protest against the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and march up Fifth Avenue in the actual parade. Believe that we are overjoyed that we don’t have to protest anymore. As per the rules of the parade, we’ll be in […]

Victory in 25-Year Push to Open Up St. Pat’s Parade Announced

Victory in 25-Year Push to Open Up St. Pat’s Parade Announced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes Fifth Avenue every year will admit an Irish LGBT group for the first time since the exclusion of LGBT people from that parade launched protests and a boycott by elected officials 25 years ago. “The New York City St. Patrick’s Day […]

A Vindication for Activism — and Rehabilitation, Too

A Vindication for Activism — and Rehabilitation, Too

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The past several days have witnessed two impressive examples of how activism — patient, persistent, uncompromising, and unwilling to settle — can pay off in the end. On Tuesday, the organizers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced they would, for the first time, open the Fifth Avenue event to an […]

Victory Announced in 25-Year St. Patrick’s Day Boycott

Victory Announced in 25-Year St. Patrick’s Day Boycott

BY ANDY HUMM | The 253-year old St. Patrick’s Day Parade has invited an Irish LGBT group, the Lavender & Green Alliance, to march for the first time, a move that will end a 25-year boycott of the parade that began in 1991 when the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, a group made up largely of […]

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. “I don’t know,” Robinson said. “Anytime you are the first anything, you have to wait and see.” Robinson […]

GLAAD Lowers Its Profile in Fifth Avenue Parade Controversy    

GLAAD Lowers Its Profile in Fifth Avenue Parade Controversy    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2014, GLAAD leapt into the controversy over the continued exclusion of LGBT Irish groups from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when it persuaded Guinness, the beer brand owned by Diageo, the liquor giant, to end its sponsorship of the Fifth Avenue parade. “Today, Guinness sent a strong message to its customers […]

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Charging that the agreement by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers to allow an LGBT employee group from NBCUniversal to march in next year’s parade is little more than a sham and a “backroom deal,” a coalition of community activists and advocates are demanding that the 2015 event be opened up […]

On-Duty Military Units Also Marched in St. Pat’s Parade

On-Duty Military Units Also Marched in St. Pat’s Parade

BY ANDY HUMM | Protests this year against New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which for decades has banned identifiable Irish LGBT groups from participating, targeted the city’s decision to continue allowing municipal personnel –– police, fire, corrections, and more –– to march in their uniforms. This despite the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio and […]

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

BY ANDY HUMM | By legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. The question in 2014 is whether beer companies pulling their sponsorship can drive the homophobia out of the New York and Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parades. On the eve of these parades, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship from the Boston event and […]

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