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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 […]

Identity, Politics, and “Authenticity” Post-St. Pat’s

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Two weeks ago, Irish queers marched behind their own banner in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time ever in New York. In the photos they look so happy. More importantly, the crowd did, too. Most of them didn’t even know it was a landmark year, assumed that battle was […]

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 […]

Even in Opening Up to LGBT Marchers, St. Pat’s Parade Remains Tightly Regulated Affair

Even in Opening Up to LGBT Marchers, St. Pat’s Parade Remains Tightly Regulated Affair

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | It took 25 years for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Irish to be invited to march behind their own banner in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that takes Fifth Avenue every March 17, and it is taking more work to organize that contingent. “Basically, it’s like meetings every night,” said Brendan […]

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 […]

NYC St. Pat’s Parade to Add Second LGBT Group  

NYC St. Pat’s Parade to Add Second LGBT Group  

BY ANDY HUMM | New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has been subject to protests for 25 years over its refusal to include an Irish LGBT group, may be on the verge of admitting such a group in the 2016 parade. The committee that runs the parade elected John Lahey, a longtime member, as […]

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 […]

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