12/3/14

Protest Eric Garner verdict - Thurs. 12/4 at 5:30pm

Many protests are planned for tonight and tomorrow in the wake of the failure to indict Eric Garner's killer.
Irish Queers are going together tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:30pm, Foley Square.
Please join us -- text 917-517-3627 to find us.

Others tonight include:
5pm Times Square
7pm Union Square
7pm Rockefeller Center/Christmas Tree lighting

11/25/14

Protest TONIGHT -- against white supremacy & for Black lives.

Outrage, grief, solidarity, action.
5pm at Union Square today - Tuesday Nov. 25
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NOV. 25 -- EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTEST TO THE FERGUSON GRAND JURY! INDICT Darren Wilson!

In NYC, gather at Union Square Park, 17th Street South Side 5pm on TUESDAY 11/25

https://www.facebook.com/events/367725876729641/

11/19/14

Op-ed in the Irish Echo -- Un-burying Irish queer lives

The Irish Echo has been running letters and opinion pieces challenging the NYC parade organizers to catch up with Irish culture, and drop their ridiculous ban. The miserableness of letting NBC gay employees march, but not Irish LGBTQ groups, is noted. Larry Kirwan wrote a particularly nice piece last week.

It's been impossible to post links to those pieces because the paper is not really online, but some clips are here.

Today the Irish Echo printed an Irish Queers op-ed. Given the effort to silence Irish Queers and sanitize queer Irish history, we really appreciate it! Here is the original version, which includes a few bits of history that didn't make it into the Echo.

Maybe you remember: the early 1990s were a time of queer political rising, much of which was centered in New York. I was growing up in New York then but I didn’t know much about it. When ACT UP protested Cardinal O’Connor’s campaign against condoms, I was in ninth grade about 40 blocks away, oblivious. A year later the Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, unwelcomed by the parade committee but invited by a breakaway AOH Division 7. ILGO, joined by Mayor David Dinkins, were assaulted and taunted all along the parade route. I did hear about that. My grandmother had given me a t-shirt and I’d been wearing it to shreds – it said Life’s Too Short Not To Be Irish! On the back of it, in pearlescent fabric paint, I lettered it “I.L.G.O.” It was just in solidarity. Grown people tittering and panicking over the gays, and then bullying them on the street! I was indignant. Our English teacher, Kathleen somebody, raised her eyebrows high as I passed her in the hallway. That was the extent of my participation in the New York queer explosion of those years.

I landed in Belfast in 1994. I’d dropped out of college and needed to go somewhere. My family had roots in the North. By then I had come out myself. ACT UP, ILGO, and the Lesbian Avengers – all home to queer Irish émigrés who had worked in republican and pro-choice and feminist movements at home in the 1980s – had been churning out the queer Zeitgeist. Although I missed it in New York, I had finally caught it in college. Knowing nothing about the Irish queer political currents that carried me, I arrived in Belfast a queer activist.

Queer organizing in Belfast was small, constrained by everything from the Troubles to religion to the permanent absence of privacy. There was no queer group at Queen’s University, where I was enrolled; there had been one, it seemed, but no one would lend their name as a contact and it fell apart. I called a meeting, and the cast began to assemble. There was a young waif from Lurgan, always seen in his pancake makeup, bristling as joyfully with contempt for authority as with love for a crowd of laughing queers parading down the street toward Lavery’s. (He’s still my beloved favorite.) A tired man from West Belfast had had and was still having a very rough time. He usually came around with a younger friend, both of whom were always in battle over housing, always recently bashed and bruised. There was a great woman who – to my happiness – embraced the idea of direct action. She went on to be a union organizer. There were drummers, waitresses, revolutionaries, zine-makers, and more. It was a terrific crowd.


When the term ended and I was leaving, again no one would lend their name to the group. We brainstormed. We eureka’d: a telephone number without a name was just as good, as long as someone could always answer it. A telephone needed to be somewhere – we needed a space. We could do that. If we disbanded now, no worries at all. We’d gather our resources and meet back up in a year, and then we would make it happen.

I came home. Giuliani was mayor, Bratton was police commissioner, and together they were attacking poor people, people of color, people with AIDS, and any activists who protested. This particular time in Ireland – on the heels of feminism, the frustrated abortion rights movement, and the ongoing power of the Catholic church; and in the North, following the Hunger Strikes and Save Ulster from Sodomy – saw many politicized queers exiled to New York. Here they had formed Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, joined ACT UP, and cofounded the Lesbian Avengers. ACT UP was at a fever pitch trying to build and protect public supports for people with AIDS, and fight the biases used to justify letting them die. The Lesbian Avengers were challenging the erasure of lesbians from history and school curricula, with the slogan “I was a lesbian child.” ILGO had decided it should march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the biggest celebration in the world of Irishness and the Irish diaspora experience. All three groups shared the logic that making queers invisible did violence both to the past and literally, daily, to queers. The parade organizers, representing the closed, church-bound Ireland from which they had come, could not bring themselves to admit that Irish queers were real, much less a central part of Irish life and history. The parade had become a flashpoint for struggles over queerness, religion, policing, immigrant community politics, and the City’s complicity in homophobia and violence. In truth, Irish politics and queer politics had never been separate; only the connections obscured. Now the ties were laid absolutely bare.

I went to an ILGO meeting early in 1995 to ask whether ILGO could help fundraise for a queer space in Belfast. It’s a joke now, that memory; fundraising was never going to happen, ILGO was not that kind of girl. But I was drawn in. The meetings were more than planning sessions. They were multigenerational in-gatherings of queers that taught politics. They broke with good manners in the face of crisis that was killing queers. They rejected the idea that dialogue and demands always had to be reasonable, and that peaceful activism couldn’t express rage toward people who were responsible for terrible things. They taught collectivism, building ideas and plans together, sharing responsibility, and passing along skills, difficult as the meetings often were. They taught that it was important and possible to do things without funding – we never stopped hearing that the Lesbian Herstory Archives bought its Brooklyn townhouse with $1 and $5 donations mailed in from lesbians everywhere – and that queer groups especially always had people with an incredible range of experience, skills and access. Most critically, they taught that it was possible to do things that sounded impossible: add queer history and sex ed to the NYC public school curriculum, or force the US government to invent better medications for HIV. (No one dreamed it would be easier to make the US government deal with AIDS and homophobia than to get an Irish gay group into the Irish parade.) Later, when I’d left that space, the exact same things felt less possible; it had been a communal effect.

In 1997 I was in Belfast again, as promised. I’d raised no money, but had bought boxes and boxes of used and remaindered books from queer shops. I started meeting my old friends for coffee, and they found other people to join in. We deliberately talked about the community space project as if it were already happening. (That was advice from Dermot Burke, who had opened An Béal Bocht in Riverdale a few years before. It was fantastic advice.) We made a primitive website announcing the project, and put up signs. More and more Belfast queers came to planning meetings. There were more musicians and more waitresses, social workers and civil servants, an East Belfast taxi driver, a witch, a student union president, a disproportionate number of Jews, students, more revolutionaries, a farmer, and many, many queers without an occupation. Before long the whole thing was real.

Queer Space opened in January 1998, in a space rented with a small loan, at the bottom of Botanic Avenue. On a crowded pre-opening workday we painted it purple, and someone drew a mural in the style of Keith Haring. We set up a coffee pot and a donation basket. Two women from the Shankill took on the task of keeping both full. Emma Donaghue sent a set of her novels to Queer Space that week, and we unboxed them along with the tattered books I’d brought over. We hung a bit of handkerchief art painted by a queer republican prisoner. Two West Belfast women delivered a huge amount of comfortable furniture. We were home.

Queer Space was intensively modeled on the direct action collectivism of the New York groups. To publicize the opening, we sent a press release; the reporter called Ian Paisley for comment, and the article generated a short controversy. In that way our publicity was taken care of and visitors streamed in. We made a mission statement and rules by consensus, and settled on the name Queer Space after hours of debate in a packed room. We took up direct action, wheatpasting Belfast with signs about lesbians, protesting Newt Gingrich’s visit to North Belfast, convening queers and Asian immigrants who had started to come under attack, and truly I can’t remember what else. The coffee box paid the rent, and it paid back the start-up loan less than a year after Queer Space opened its doors.

When Matthew Shepard was killed and queers in New York City were standing off against riot police on horseback, I came home. Some of the other Queer Space folk moved on to more official politics, especially when the Good Friday Agreement made queers a protected minority. Queer Space carries on these 16 years later. I would claim that it changed everything in Belfast; that it opened up possibilities at a time when people were ready for a change, and other stars were aligning too. Queer Space still turns out Belfast queers for antiracist action, most recently in support of Anna Lo, the Stormont MLA hounded out of office by anti-Chinese racism. Queer Space always comes out for Irish Queers on St. Patrick’s Day parade protests, although Belfast queers are incredulous that we’re still not allowed to march. Funny how the tables have turned.


The story of Irish queers and the parade is really the story of the transit between Ireland and New York of ideas about liberation. It’s the story of how Irishness hasn’t been only Catholic or white or male, nor especially polite, nor limited to venues marked “Irish.” These are true and important stories whether anyone likes them or not. When the parade exclusion comes up, we’re often told we’re not really part of the Irish community, as if it’s that – rather than homophobia – that keeps us out. It’s a pitiful attempt at diversion, but there’s something in it. After two decades of being shoved out of Irish history by the New York parade, why at all would Irish LGBTQ folk stick around the official Irish American community? We have not. Our communities don’t do dinner dances, nor play golf, nor elect Irish American candidates to office. Just as queers have made their own spaces forever, we make our own worlds here. They are Irish worlds in spite of begrudgers’ wishes to the contrary. The transit between queer Ireland and queer New York is as vibrant as ever. Look for it.

A different conversation in the Irish Echo...

The Irish Echo isn't online in any accessible way, but there's been a pretty rational and supportive conversation happening there about the sad parade sadness.

Here are some clips:

So many miles, so many changes
by Larry Kirwan, 11/18/14

“Where once Irish embassy and consulate officials preferred the lace-curtain certainties of D.C. and NYC, now they travel nationwide to festivals and cultural events, as willing to listen as to lecture. And still I feel that a certain potential is unrealized – and I’m not talking about investment in Ireland, or boosting tourism; no, rather a meeting of minds, or even more importantly perhaps, a union of hearts between the home country and the Diaspora…

“Irish America is often seen to be rigid and static. Nothing could be further from the truth. The social changes of the last few years have been startling: legalized gay marriage is sweeping the states along with a general forbearance, if not total, acceptance of this alternate life-style. But then there’s always been a latent Libertarian streak in American culture that encourages people to be what they are.

“How odd then that cosmopolitan New York City should provide the one major issue with which Irish Americans can be whipped every year. Though there was initial relief on both sides of the Atlantic when the LGBT group from NBC was invited to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade, it has since come to be seen for what it is – a short-term effort to stop the hemorrhaging of sponsorship...

“We can argue ‘til the cows come home about Catholic doctrine and who should or shouldn’t march, but it’s time to put all that behind us and use plain and unvarnished logic…

“We’re a big people, we handled Know-Nothings and the tragedy of 9/11; we can take cultural change in our stride, and in a couple of years both the Irish in Ireland and Irish America will look back and wonder what the fuss was all about.”

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Letter ("Lost the Plot") 10/21/14

"One has to wonder if years of marching to the sound of bagpipes has taken its toll on the hearing and senses of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for its current decision to allow OUT@NBCUniversal to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade would seem to indicate that they are certainly tone deaf and addled.

That an LGBT group would march in the NYC parade was a moral, never mind pragmatic inevitability, and it is not my intention to question that. If the decision was made to allow an Irish or Irish American LGBT group to march many of us would breathe a sigh of relief…

However, in its continued impersonation of the Keystone Cops, the parade committee has thrown the baby out with the bath water… the parade has now become “Irish Optional” with participation and placement up for sale…

Meanwhile, groups that are Irish American the other 364 days of the year… [are] pushed to the back of the parade to march up empty streets and past an empty reviewing stand as the committee has long since retreated to a warm room where they can pat each other on the back over a cocktail.

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade committee has lost the plot… They have “taken the soup” and have sold their soul, and the parade, to corporate sponsors.

10/12/14

Join IQ for prisoner letter writing, monthly.

Irish Queers is meeting monthly for political prisoner letter-writing! Please contact us to be added to the announcement list for letter-writing plus eats, drinks, and/or good company.

For October we'll be joining ABC's letter-writing/vegan dinner this coming Tuesday, Oct. 14 @ 7pm. After that, we'll be Irish Queers-ing it up with our own writing/meetings, in addition to supporting other folks' events.

Here's ABC's event description. Please come!

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
WHERECAGE – 83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Freeluke_o'donovan
Have you ever been squarely punched in the nose? If so, you know how disorienting it is. Of course there’s the pain, but with the punch comes a lot of blood and a shockwave through your skull. Your head gets rocked back and the violence is all too palpable. The language and imagery of violence is again (still?) in vogue, popularized by folks who have likely never meted out or received much of it. It’s difficult for us in NYC ABC not to feel disgusted when we see this trend followed in radical communities, knowing the kind of violence our friends and comrades regularly endure. 
It is with violence and a radical defense against it in mind that we focus our next political prisoner letter-writing dinner on Luke O’Donovan. On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke was seen dancing with and kissing other men at a house party. Later in the night he was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between 5 and 12 men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. Luke was called a faggot before and during the attack. Throughout the course of the attack, Luke and five others were stabbed. Luke was subsequently imprisoned and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as one count of attempted murder while none of the other individuals involved in the altercation were charged. 
Luke’s trial concluded on August 12, 2014, when he accepted a plea deal. While initially facing over 100 years in prison, the deal Luke accepted includes two years in prison and eight years on probation. At the time of sentencing, the judge added to the negotiated plea that Luke will bebanished from the state of Georgia for the eight years of his probation.
We’re lucky to have a guest speaker who was in Atlanta for Luke’s court proceedings and will have more information on Luke’s case and ways to help.
While we expect to see you on Tuesday, if you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Luke: 
Luke Patrick O’Donovan #1001372271Washington State PrisonPost Office Box 206Davisboro, Georgia 31018 
The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some briefupdates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar. 
DIRECTIONS:
Getting to CAGE is simple:
From the J/M/Z:
Essex Street Stop: Walk west on Delancey Street (toward Essex Street, away from Norfolk Street) and make a left on Essex Street. Walk three blocks and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
From the F:
East Broadway Stop: Walk north on Rutgers Street (toward East Broadway, away from Henry Street), that becomes Essex Street, and turn left on Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
From the B/D:
Grand Street Stop: Walk east on Grand Street (Toward Forsyth Street, away from Chrystie Street) and turn right on Orchard Street. Walk one block and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re a few storefronts down on the right.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you at supper.
This event is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Anarchist Black Cross.

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
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For the Abolition of State Repression and Domination!

10/10/14

Irish/queer communities to Mayor & NYC Council Speaker: the ban is not lifted, keep the pressure on!


Mayor deBlasio & Speaker Mark-Viverito:
Keep up the boycott of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade until Irish LGBTQ groups can march under their own banner.

Oct. 9, 2014

Dear Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito,

Last year, your public boycott of the anti-gay NYC St. Patrick's Day parade finally paved the way for corporate sponsors to drop the parade. Their departure created pressure on NBC, one of the last remaining sponsors and the broadcaster of the parade, who put pressure on the parade organizers to finally end their ban on Irish LGBTQ groups.

Instead of that pressure leading to Irish LGBTQ groups taking their rightful place in the community's parade, OUT@NBCUniversal has jumped into the space it created. OUT@NBCUniversal is the gay employee/marketing group of the parade's sponsor. The Irish LGBTQ community is still excluded from the parade. The “lifting of the ban” is a sham.

Parade organizers have said that Irish LGBTQ groups may “apply” to march in future St. Patrick’s Day Parades from 2016 on, claiming that there is no room for another group in 2015. This is the same ruse they used in 1991 when they wanted to exclude the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization. When Mayor Dinkins called their bluff and offered to expand the march to allow ILGO in, the organizers came out in the open with their anti-gay reasons for excluding them. This year, when Irish LGBTQ groups applied, parade organizers quickly declared that applications were closed. In the fallout from this gay-panic response, the Catholic League also dropped out of the 2015 march, leaving the parade short of one large contingent. As before, parade organizers simply refuse to let Irish LGBTQ groups march in the newly-opened space.

State and national LGBTQ advocacy groups, as well as groups in Ireland, are supporting the demand for Irish LGBTQ groups to march openly and freely, rather than seeking to march themselves or supporting OUT@NBCUniversal's participation.

Irish LGBTQ groups have also asked OUT@NBCUniversal to withdraw from the parade until Irish LGBTQ groups are part of the parade.

We write to ask that you continue to publicly boycott the parade until Irish LGBTQ groups are accepted into the line of march, and march openly, as full and respected members of the Irish American community.

Because the parade organizers have made misleading claims like “gays are welcome to march, just not to be identified” and now “the ban is lifted, but only for NBC employees”, it's important to be clear about what constitutes inclusion. Irish LGBTQ groups must be able to march just like other contingents: with the group name on a banner identifying the contingent as Irish LGBTQ people. Last year in Boston, parade organizers tried to negotiate with an LGBTQ contingent to march under the word “equality.” But the organizers refused to allow a banner to say “LGBT” or “gay”, as if those were dirty words. So the LGBTQ group rightly declared that parade organizers were not actually willing to lift the ban, and they refused to march. New York City also cannot accept such pretenses at inclusion.

We deeply appreciate your support. Please be in touch with your response, or if we can answer any questions.

Sincerely,



Gaby Cryan, Emmaia Gelman, & J.F. Mulligan
Irish Queers

Kate Barnhart, Executive Director           
New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth

Mary E. Bartholomew, Esq.

Sandy Boyer

Rev. Pat Bumgardner
Metropolitan Community Church - NY

Suzy Byrne

Leslie Cagan

Kailin Callaghan, Lead Organizer
Rockaway Wildfire

Fidelma Carolan, Regional Officer (N. Ireland)
UNISON

Kelly Cogswell, Author of Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger

Michael Czaczkes, President
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn

Kara Davis, Queer Activist

Bill Dobbs, Gay Civil Libertarian

Erin M. Drinkwater, Executive Director
Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Ronnie Eldridge, Former New York City Councilmember

Jennifer Flynn, Executive Director
VOCAL-NY

Kathleen Gaul
Community Leader at TUSLA, Ireland
Emily Jane Goodman, New York State Supreme Court Justice, Ret.

Marie Honan

Tony Hoffmann, President, Village Independent Democrats*

Stephanie Hsu, Secretary
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)

Andy Humm and Ann Northrop, Co-Hosts
Gay USA

Esther Kaplan

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

Marjorie Dove Kent, Executive Director
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

SL Korn, Queer Activist

Gareth Lee,
Queer Space Collective Belfast

Bertha Lewis, Executive Director
Black Institute

Mark Libkuman, Open Flows Community Technology Cooperative

Scott Long, Human Rights Activist

Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy
African Services Committee

Alan Levine, Civil Rights Attorney

Father Bernárd Lynch, London, Chair of Camden LGBT Forum

Anne Maguire, ILGO

Eileen Markey, Writer

Malachy McCourt

Lucy McDiarmid

Matthew McMorrow, Manager of Government Affairs
Empire State Pride Agenda

Zenaida Mendez, President
National Organization for Women-NYS

Megan Mulholland
QUEEROCRACY

Dr Tina O'Toole, Founder member of LINC Cork
University of Limerick, Ireland

Pauline Park, Executive Director
Queens Pride House

Edward Pass

Allen Roskoff, President
Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, City University of New York-College of Staten Island

Arthur Z. Schwartz, President of Advocates for Justice and Democratic District Leader for Greenwich Village

Tom Shanahan, Civil Rights Attorney

Ailbhe Smyth, LGBT Rights Campaigner
Former Head of Women's Studies and Senior Lecturer, University College Dublin (UCD)


Brad Taylor

Zephyr Teachout, former candidate for Governor, Professor Fordham Law School, and author of Corruption in America

Jay Toole
Jay’s House

Andy Velez

John Voelcker

Urvashi Vaid, Senior Fellow, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School*

Maxine Wolfe, Professor Emerita, City University Graduate School

Joan Wile, Author, and Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

Tim Wu, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor/Professor Columbia Law School

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

Lesbian Herstory Archive

MIX NYC: Queer Experimental Film Festival

Queer Nation NY







*Asterisk indicates organization listed for identification purposes only.



9/15/14

Irish LGBTQs to Gay Inc: Please don't apply to march

[This letter was emailed to national LGBT advocacy organizations on Sept. 7 and 8, 2014.]

9/8/14

Dear LGBT advocacy organizations,

As we're sure you know, Irish LGBTQ groups have been fighting for inclusion in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade for over 20 years. Irish Queers (and its predecessor, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization, and other groups and allies) has suffered hundreds of arrests for civil disobedience, many years of protesting from the sidelines, and an endless history of enduring insults, threats and beer bottles thrown by parade participants and spectators. Brendan Fay and His Lavender and Green Alliance created a now much-respected and beloved St. Pat's for All inclusive parade in Queens.

Nothing has deterred us from showing up every year on Fifth Avenue and continuing to demand inclusion as Irish people and Irish-Americans in what should be our parade, too. Our annual exclusion is the subject of worldwide headlines every year.

Now the headlines have changed. But the war is not yet won. Parade organizers are trying to finesse their loss of major sponsors by offering a place in the line of march to an LGBTQ employee group from NBC (the parade broadcaster). Parade organizers did not discuss this with any of us, nor have they made a single move to include an actual Irish LGBTQ group.

So we are making formal application for inclusion in the 2015 Parade. We would like your support. We would like you to show up at our press conference on Tues., Sept. 9, at 9am on the steps of the NY Public Library at Fifth Ave. and 40th St. We would like you to contact the parade organizers to support our application. 

And we would like you NOT to apply to march yourselves. This is an explicitly Irish heritage parade. That's why we should be included. Because we are groups of Irish LGBT people. This parade is unique. Unlike the LGBTQ Pride Parades or the Puerto Rican Day Parade or most others, this one does not welcome all comers. It's very closed and specific.

Please do not apply to march. Please support the application of Irish LGBTQ people to march.

Thank you,

Irish Queers
Lavender and Green Alliance
St. Pat's for All

9/11/14

Parade "too long" to let IQ in? Catholic League has just made room.

The Catholic League, huge supporter of the parade till now.
The NYC St. Patrick's Day parade is a hot mess. Being secretive and bossy and then trying to keep your story straight is super complicated. The parade organizers did something silly when they conspired with NBC to let its gay employee marketing group join the parade, but not Irish LGBTQ groups.

Amazingly, it seems like they thought it would pass quietly, or even that they'd be celebrated for their magnanimity. After all these years, they still don't get that you can't run a community's parade -- a very diverse community of millions across many countries -- as if it were a secret club with offices in a locker room.

They also seem to think we don't remember the tricks they've used in the past to pretend they weren't excluding anyone. (Set aside the strange argument that LGBT people are welcome to march as long as they march in the closet, unidentified.) First they tell us (through the press) that we "can apply to march" and then they tell us they can't take our application because "they're under pressure to shorten the parade." Are we talking about 1992 or 2014? Hard to tell!

The parade committee unleashed an outpouring of support for LGBT marchers when they announced the (fake) end of the ban last week. Given that outpouring, they panicked when all of NYC's Irish LGBT groups applied to march. Hemming and hawing, they pretended the applications were suddenly closed. No more room in the parade! The position is filled! Fifth Avenue is only so many blocks long, you know.

But the Catholic League got thrown out with the parade's panicky bathwater. They'd been promised an anti-abortion group could apply and march in exchange for NBC's gay marchers. Who knew the applications would be gay-panic-closed before they got to do that? The logistics of exclusion are really so complicated. So the Catholic League has pulled out of the parade.

And that makes room for one more contingent. It seems there's room in the parade after all for Irish LGBT people, huh,

9/9/14

Statement: Still here, still queer, still Irish; and applying to march.


(Photo: Donna Aceto, Gay City News 9/9/14)

Sept. 9, 2014

Last week we learned that the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade made a backroom deal to invite OUT@NBC Universal, a gay marketing group, to march in the 2015 parade. Today, Irish Queers are applying to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Parade, along with Lavender and Green Alliance and St. Pat’s for All.

It’s no secret that parade organizers don’t want to admit that Irish LGBT people are part of the Irish community; and that they use their control over the parade permit to keep us out. Two decades of calls from Ireland and NYC to end the bigotry have not changed the parade committee’s minds.

They’re under pressure now, but they haven’t changed their tune. When Guinness, Heineken, and elected officials dropped out of the parade last year, NBC told the parade committee they couldn’t keep sponsoring unless the anti-gay ban were lifted. So OUT@NBC offered itself as a painless solution. Gay corporate staff can march (under a banner that doesn’t say the word “gay”), NBC saves face, and the parade keeps NBC’s sponsorship – without doing a thing to end the exclusion of Irish LGBT groups.

Parade organizers have said in the press that Irish LGBT groups “can apply to march in future years” and that inviting NBC’s gays is “a gesture of goodwill.” This is an unwelcome bit of Irish nostalgia. ILGO was also told by parade organizers in the early 1990s to "apply to march." The organizers pretended ILGO was on a waiting list because the parade was too long, and made excuses for refusing our application that were uncovered later in court.

Now, less than a week since their “gesture of goodwill”, the parade committee is saying they can’t entertain our application because they’re “under pressure to shorten the parade.” ARE. YOU. SERIOUS.

We’re submitting our application today. And we’re calling on OUT@NBC Universal to refuse to march until Irish LGBT groups march in the Irish parade, under our own banners. We call on OUT@NBC not to be pawns in this triangulation of homophobia, money, and PR.

We want to march up Fifth Avenue as an Irish diaspora that has finally joined Ireland in rejecting religion-fueled bigotry. Let Irish queer groups finally take our place in this year's parade.


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9/7/14

Join IQ for press conf. - applying to march!

Please join Irish Queers, the Lavendar and Green Alliance and St. Pat's for All this Tuesday as we announce our applications to march in the St Patrick's Day parade in 2015.


Tues. Sept. 9, 9am

Steps of the NY Public Library, 40th St and Fifth Ave.!


Last week parade organizers announced a secret deal permitting only the gay employee group of the parade's corporate sponsor -- and not any Irish LGBTQ groups -- to march in the parade. 


We apply while remembering that ILGO was also told by the parade organizers to “apply to march”. The parade organizers- many of the same people who will review our application now, told ILGO that they were on a waiting list, which was a lie. Applying again is “our gesture of goodwill”.


So many hundreds of queers, Irish community activists, and supporters have worked to end bigotry and exclusion in the parade -- come out, everyone!


Info: 917-517-3627 or irishqueers@gmail.com


Web: http://irishqueers.blogspot.com

9/3/14

Statement on St Patrick's Parade/OUT@NBC announcement

Irish Queers -- along with the scores of LGBT individuals, groups, and allies who have fought since 1991 for a parade that includes the whole Irish community -- is learning about the change in the NYC St Patrick's Day parade at the same time as the rest of New York City and the Irish community. We welcome this cracking of the veneer of hate, but so far Irish LGBT groups are still not able to march in our community's parades. The fight continues.

This is a deal that was made behind closed doors between parade organizers and one of their last remaining sponsors, NBC. It allows NBC's gay employees to march, but embarrassingly has not ended the exclusion of Irish LGBT groups. The parade organizers have said, astoundingly, that we "can apply" in years to come.

To the extent that parade organizers have changed their tune, it's the result of Irish Queers' many years of organizing, which led to last year's refusal to march by Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and others, and Mayor de Blasio, the withdrawal of major corporate sponsors and escalating criticism of uniformed city workers marching in the Parade.

We welcome this small victory, but our call remains the same -- the parade must be open to Irish LGBT groups, not "in subsequent years" but now. (We remember too well how parade organizers used fake waiting lists to bury our appications before.)

The Irish community in Ireland and abroad is far more progressive than the parade committee, having abandoned the secretive power-mongering of the days when the Catholic Church held sway over politics. We still hope NYC will catch up. This has been a long, long journey and struggle. It is time for Irish LGBT people, marching under our own banner, to take our rightful place in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Info: 917-517-3627 or irishqueers@gmail.com

irishqueers.blogspot.com

4/28/14

Lawsuit challenging NYPD & FDNY on bigoted St. Patrick's parade

The LGBTQ protest of the homophobic, religious right NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade made big progress this year. The boycott made international headlines, and major sponsors dropped out.

But incredibly, the NYPD and FDNY still insist they have a “right” to join in with the homophobia, as if anti-discrimination laws (and the Constitution) are just a suggestion.

So we’re taking it to court. We’re bringing a lawsuit arguing that the NYPD and FDNY are sending a message that LGBTQ New Yorkers’ rights, safety, and inclusion really don’t matter to them, and our communities can’t rely on them. We’ll ask the court to make the City follow its own anti-discrimination laws and the Constitution.

We hope that challenging anti-LGBTQ bias in particular will help create the environment of accountability around NYPD and FDNY discrimination more broadly.

For information or to join the lawsuit:
irishqueers@gmail.com or (917) 517-3627.

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Here's what the lawsuit will say:
  • LGBTQ New Yorkers are supposed to have fair and equitable access to public services, including policing (suspend your critique of policing generally, for a second.)
  • The NYPD's official participation in the explicitly religious right/homophobic NYC St. Patrick's Day parade tells the LGBTQ community that the NYPD, the FDNY, and the City are (still) not interested in our community's rights and safety, and that the NYPD is "more oppressor than protector" to the LGBTQ community, in the words of a federal appeals court.
  • This bias denies LGBTQ people equal access to the services of the NYPD.

Here's what we hope the lawsuit, and the political organizing around it, will accomplish:
  • Force the City (NYPD, FDNY, etc) to disassociate itself from the bigoted parade, and possibly force a change that takes the lucrative event away from the bigoted power brokers who run it now.
  • Pose a serious and highly public challenge to the NYPD’s and FDNY’s bias and homophobia, and the permissive attitude of the City toward that bias.
  • Weaken the power of the religious right in NYC (which is also currently challenging secular control of city schools.)
What does "joining the lawsuit" actually mean?
It means adding your name to the court document. The court document will make a claim about how NYPD homophobia (as expressed when thousands of uniformed cops march in a huge bigoted parade) affects the community in general, and you as an example. This lawsuit will not ask the NYPD to pay money for the harm it has caused.

Who can join?
  • NYC residents who identify as LGBTQ
    • including people who have not had direct experience of biased policing
    • including people who have had direct experience of biased policing
    • including people who are citizens, residents, green card holders, etc.
  • NYC organizations who represent or serve LGBTQ people
Who should not join?
  • People who don't live in NYC or aren't LGBTQ (because of the specific requirements of law -- not because we don't love you.)
  • People who might have a problem with their legal residency status, outstanding warrants, or other issue that might be complicated if your name appears in a court document.
How much money will it cost you?
NONE. Our fabulous attorney and legal team are working pro bono (for free). We’ll be planning some fabulous community fundraising events to pay for court costs.

How much of my time will it take?
Not much, unless you want to pitch in with the organizing. We will be doing political and media organizing around the lawsuit, and you are welcome to join in that or not.

When we meet, the legal team will need to get a short statement from you about how NYPD and FDNY participation in the homophobic parade affects you.

Our lawyer says:
It's possible you would be asked to give testimony at a deposition (that is testifying, under oath, in a lawyer’s office, with a court reporter transcribing your testimony.)  The process would take a few hours of preparation with the lawyer and up to seven hours (although usually less) at the deposition. Questioning would be about the subject matter of the lawsuit.


There may be times when it makes sense for us to show up in court, and for LGBTQ community members to testify about how the NYPD and FDNY participation affects them, if the lawsuit goes to trial. We'll need some folks to do that, but it's also absolutely fine if some of us cannot.

3/21/14

O HIJINKS! Bill Donohue can march in NYC Pride - but does he want to?

File under hilarious unintended consequences (Irish Queers' or Bill Donohue's, take your pick.) Right-Catholic bigot Bill Donohue has applied to march in Pride. Unfortunately for him, NYC Pride organizers said "sure!" Now he's stuck with it -- although apparently he hasn't actually registered yet and is trying to wiggle out. Major kudos to Heritage of Pride for rolling with the punches.

Below are the news clips from March 20 and 21, 2014.

Your Irish-and-queer-but-not-Catholic blogger has to admit that she never heard Bill Donohue speak until these recordings made the rounds, although he's said plenty of similar stuff in print. But heavens to Betsy! The man sounds like he needs a Guinness and some downers. OMG, I really, really hope he marches in Pride.

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[VIDEO] Donohue: Gay Pride Putting Up Blocks to Stop Me Marching

Donohue believes NYC Pride is fearful that Catholic League supporters could overwhelm the Gay Pride Parade, which is held on the last weekend in June.

"What if instead of getting 100 people, what if I get 3,000 people? What if we begin to overwhelm their parade and veto their message. They know what's at stake," he said.
"They had a chance already to unequivocally answer me, and they're not doing that. They're dancing on the head of a lawyer's pin. We'll find out."

Donohue insisted the controversy surrounding the St. Patrick's Day Parade is not being promoted by all gays, but rather an elite group of high-powered liberals with an agenda.

"There's not enough gays that they lined up single file to pull off this nonsense, it's supported by the tony corporate boys and girls at Guinness … and the Georgetown people, Park Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, Hollywood people," he said.

Guinness, along with fellow brewers Heineken and Samuel Adams, pulled out of sponsorship of the St. Patrick's Day Parade because of organizers' refusal to allow gays to march under their own banner. Donohue says he will boycott the beers.

"You know who I'm talking about, the elite. It's the cultural elite," said Donohue. "They think it's chic to be involved with gay rights causes.... [They] crossed the line on this one. All we want to do is have a St. Patrick's Day parade which honors St. Patrick's and you want to crash it with your own agenda.

Bill Donahue wants to ruin New York City’s LGBT pride parade by participating in it

Catholic League's Bill Donohue Seems a Little Nervous About Actually Marching in the Gay Pride Parade

[VIDEO & AUDIO which btw sounds like Donohue is about to blow a gasket] Why NYC's Gay Pride Parade Is Letting This Guy March Under a "Straight Is Great" Banner

Pride parade welcomes Catholic League's Donohue's request to march
http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/pride-parade-welcomes-catholic-league-s-donohue-s-request-to-march-1.7455814

Bill Donohue, Catholic League Leader, Invited To March In The 2014 NYC Pride Parade

Anti-Gay Catholic Leader Trying To Slip Out Of Agreement To March In Gay Pride Parade?

Anti-Gay Catholic Leader Trying To Slip Out Of Agreement To March In Gay Pride Parade?
Falsely Claims NYC Pride ‘Trying To Impose Their Agenda’ On His ‘Straight Is Great’ Marchers

Bill Donohue is the head of the highly-profitable Catholic League. From his office suite that adjoins the New York Archdiocese headquarters, Bill Donohue sits, waits, and then attacks. He attacks same-sex marriage and its supporters. He attacks women’s reproductive rights and its supporters. He attacks those who oppose the church’s handling of its pedophile priests. And he attacks any social issue that might challenge the authority or positions of the Roman Catholic Church.

And for that, Bill Donohue makes $407,000 a year.

His Catholic League is rated just two out of four stars by Charity Navigator. Of the $3.7 million Donohue’s Catholic League — which many believe is just Donohue and a secretary or two — took in during 2012, a whopping 23.4% went to administrative costs, and another whopping 22% went to fundraising.

So why are we telling you all this?

Because Bill Donohue is a blowhard and a coward.

This week, Donohue went ballistic, after learning that Guinness beer pulled its sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade over the parade’s anti-gay policies. Being an Irish Catholic, no doubt the parade is near and dear to Bill’s heart, but apparently the free market system is allowed to go just so far for Donohue.

He launched a boycott of Guinness, which he said was acting “like a corporate bully.”
So in retaliation, and no doubt trying to find discrimination, Donohue made a big stink about trying to get into the New York City gay pride parade. He demanded organizers allow him to march under a “Straight is Great” banner.

Much to Donohue’s surprise, they did — immediately.

Hours later, the head of GLAAD asked to march with him. Turns out, Sarah Kate Ellis is “a fellow Irish New Yorker.”

Now, in a cowardly and hypocritical way, Donohue is trying to claim organizers are stalling and trying to block him, so he can wiggle out of marching in the parade.
The problem, for Donohue, is that they’re not.

“Their initial response was okay, you have to come to a training session,” Donohue said in an interview yesterday with NewsMax TV. “People have to wear LGBT paraphernalia … Now they are dancing. They are saying, well … we have our own rules and what not,” Donohue is claiming.

“Quite frankly as a straight guy, I don’t go to gay training sessions,” Donohue said. “I’m pretty much of an untrainable guy when it comes these things.”

“I said, look I want to be clear, can I march with my banner ‘Straight is Great?’ My members will wear t-shirts ‘Straight is Great’ – I’m waiting for the final answer.”
“Before I attend your training sessions, I just want to know … They’re not giving me an unequivocal answer.”

In this video, Donohue admits his entire reason for wanting to march is to make up his own rules. Now that he’s done so, and they’ve been accepted, he is twisting the organizers’ response:

[VIDEO]

Well, that’s totally false, according to the NYC Pride organizers.

The New Civil Rights Movement reached out to the official organizers of NYC Pride, Heritage of Pride, Inc.

Here’s what they said to us, via email:

We require all March registrants to have group leaders attend an event operations training. This is for the safety for our participants. The requirement is not unique to Mr. Donohue.
Mr. Donohue sought prior approval on his group’s slogan, “Straight is Great.” We acknowledged his message and said the text was fine. At no point have we instructed Mr. Donohue as to what must be printed on his group’s shirts. The NYC Pride March Rules & FAQs sheet can be found here (as public on our website):
http://www.nycpride.org/uploads/2013NYCPrideMarch-Rules&FAQs.pdf

As of [this] writing, neither Mr. Donohue nor the Catholic League have submitted registration for the 2014 NYC Pride March.

So, a safety training class to Bill Donohue is “gay training.”

He got his “final answer” immediately, and he knows it — as does everyone else who’s been following the news.

NYC Pride clearly did not state that he or his group “have to wear LGBT paraphernalia,” nor does their four-page list of rules address attire, with the exception of noting nudity below the waist is illegal in New York City.

Donohue is a fraud, a coward, and a blowhard.

Frankly, this latest stunt is an embarrassment to the Catholic Community he claims to represent and defend, and they should tell him to stop speaking for them.


If Bill Donohue — whose anti-gay views, comments, and attacks are beyond ugly — demands to be allowed to march in the NYC gay pride parade, and he’s welcomed, he should follow through, or be held up as a coward too afraid to walk the streets of New York with LGBT people by his side.

3/20/14

Ireland & around there: News clips from St. Patrick's Day protest

The Guardian | Associated Press | 3/17/14
New York mayor to skip St Patrick's Day parade over gay rights dispute

Irish Times | 3/17/14 | Simon Carswell
Guinness pulls sponsorship of New York parade over gay ban

Irish Times | 3/17/14 | Simon Carswell
Taoiseach Defends Decision to March in New York Parade

Irish Examiner | 3/18/14 | Mary Regan
New York parties but this St Patrick's Day is one of exclusion

Irish Times | 3/18/14 Simon | Carswell
Taoiseach misses gay protest at New York St Patrick’s Day parade

Irish Times  | 3/16/14 | Donald Clarke
Why must we be proud to be Irish?

Irish Independent | 3/18/14 | Lise Hand

Irish Independent | 3/18/14 | Orla Tinsley
Identity politics are tricky - particularly at the St Patrick's Day Parade
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/orla-tinsley-identity-politics-are-tricky-particularly-at-the-st-patricks-day-parade-30099072.html

Irish Independent | 3/14/14 | Katherine Zappone


3/18/14

News clips from St. Patrick's Day protest!

Here's the big, serious round-up of NYC and US press clips from yesterday's protest! International press clips will be posted shortly. xo IQ
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Village Voice | March 18, 2014 | Anna Merlan
This Was The Gayest St. Patrick's Day Ever, Relatively Speaking

Village Voice | March 18, 2014 | Jenna Pope
Irish Queers Rally at St. Patrick's Day Parade (PHOTOS)

ABC News New York | March 17, 2014 | Dave Evans
St. Patrick's Day parade proceeds amid tension over gays

The Advocate | March 17, 2014 | Michelle Garcia

Al Jazeera | March 17, 2014
St Patrick's parades held in US amid gay row

amNewYork | March 17, 2014 | Morgan Lyle
St. Patrick's Day parade brings thousands to Fifth Ave.

amNewYork | March 17, 2014
Photos of the St. Patrick's Day Parade In NYC

amNewYork | March 17, 2014
Guinness pulls out of NYC parade over gay ban

amNewYork | March 17, 2014 | Dan Rivoli
Catholic League head calls for Catholic boycott of beer

Associated Press | March 17, 2014 | Meghan Barr and Verena Dobnik
St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

Associated Press TV via amNewYork | March 17, 2014
Guinness Ends NYC St. Pat's Parade Sponsorship [Video]

Associated Press via Wall Street Journal | March 17, 2014
NYC mayor honors Ireland's prime minister

Capital New York | March 17, 2014 | Sally Goldenberg
Amid disagreements, De Blasio celebrates the Irish

CBS News New York | March 17, 2014
NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Marches Up Fifth Avenue Amid Controversy [Audio, Video]

Channel 11 WPIX News | March 16, 2014 | Alyssa Zauderer
Guinness Beer drops sponsorship of NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade over LGBT policy [Video]

Channel 12 News Long Island | March 14, 2014
St. Patrick's Day Parade held in NYC amid tensions over LGBT inclusion [Video]

Channel 41 WXTV Univision | March 16, 2014
Desfile de San Patricio lleno de controversias

Christian Science Monitor | March 17, 2014 | Karis Hustad
Why beer brands side with gay community, not St. Patrick's parades

Christian Science Monitor | March 17, 2014 | Noelle Swan
St. Patrick's Day: How did it become a flashpoint for gay rights? [Video]

CNN | March 17, 2014 | Haimy Assefa
New York, Boston mayors back LGBT groups, reject St. Patrick's Day parades

CNN | March 17, 2014 | Richard Quest
Guinness: Ending sponsorship right thing [Video]

The Daily Beast | March 17, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
The Grotesque Ban On Gays In New York’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

Daily Caller | March 17, 2014 | Caroline May
Beer companies protest exclusion of gays from parade technically celebrating Christian saint

Daily Mail | March 17, 2014 
New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade attracts more than a million spectators including gay protesters along the route [Video]

DNAinfo | March 17, 2014 | Gustavo Solis and Colby Hamilton
St. Patrick's Day Parade Fills Fifth Ave. Despite Controversy

Fox News New York | March 17, 2014
NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

Gay City News | March 17, 2014 | Andy Humm
With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

Gothamist | March 17, 2014 | Camille Lawhead
'No (Gay) Irish Need Apply': LGBTQ Groups Protest St. Patrick's Day Parade

Gothamist | March 16, 2014 | Rebecca Fishbein
[UPDATED] Heineken, Sam Adams Pull Out Of St. Patrick's Parades Over LGBTQ Ban

Gothamist | March 17, 2014 | Nell Casey
Stonewall Inn Restocks Guinness As Company Pulls Support Of St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Guardian | March 17, 2014 | Amanda Holpuch and Kayla Epstein
Ford among few remaining supporters of New York's St Patrick's Day parade

Huffington Post | March 17, 2014 | Caelainn Hogan
St. Patrick's Day Parade's 'Disgraceful' Message to Irish LGBTQ Community

IrishCentral | March 17, 2014 | Kate Hickey
New York City St Patrick's Day parade 2014 [Photos]

IrishCentral | March 17, 2014 | Niall O'Dowd
Bill De Blasio mends fences with Irish but no mention of parade

IrishCentral | March 17, 2014 | Niall O'Dowd
Guinness withdraws from NY parade, says they want to help find a solution

IrishCentral | March 17, 2014 | Patrick Counihan
Irish Americans upset with New York’s Mayor de Blasio says NY Times

IrishCentral | March 17, 2014 | Cahir O'Doherty
Welcome to your traditional St. Patrick's PR nightmare, Enda Kenny

IrishCentral | March 16, 2014 | Niall O'Dowd
Excluding gays proving disastrous for business for St.Patrick’s parades

Irish Examiner | March 18, 2014 | Mary Regan
Taoiseach ‘proud’ to march in parade decried as homophobic

Irish Times | March 17, 2014 | Simon Carswell
Taoiseach misses gay protest at New York St Patrick’s Day parade

Irish Times | March 17, 2014 | Simon Carswell
Taoiseach defends decision to march in New York parade

Latin Post | March 17, 2014 | Matthew Reis
St. Patricks Day Parade Celebrations and Scandal

MassLive | March 17, 2014 | Conor Berry
Gays are OK in Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade, but must remain closeted in Boston, New York parades

Mediaite | March 17, 2014 | Luke O'Neil
Guinness Pulls Out of NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade over LGBT Snub

Media Matters | March 14, 2014 | Carlos Maza
Fox News' Defense Of Anti-Gay Discrimination At NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Media Research Center - Newsbusters | March 17, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
ABC, NBC Push a St. Patrick’s Day ‘Controversy Hanging Over’ Gays Not Marching in Parades

Metro New York | March 7, 2014
PHOTOS: New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade marred by boycotts [Photos]

Mother Jones | March 17, 2014 | Asawin Suebsaeng
Guinness and Other Beers Pull Out of St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Ban on Openly Gay Marchers

NBC News New York | March 17, 2014
NYC Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With Parade Up Fifth Avenue [Photos]

Newsday | March 17, 2014 | Morgan Lyle
Thousands brave cold temps at St. Pat's parade [Video]

Newsday | March 17, 2014
NYC's St. Patrick's Day parade 2014 [Photos]

Newsweek | March 17, 2014 | Victoria Bekiempis
Guinness Opts Out of NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Over Anti-Gay Policy

New York 1 News - Time Warner Cable | March 17, 2014
Fifth Avenue Goes Green for Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

New York Daily News | March 18, 2014 | Jennifer Fermino
Mayor de Blasio honors the Irish on St. Patrick's Day while skipping the parade

New York Daily News | March 17, 2014 | Caitlin Nolan and Ginger Adams Otis 
Raining on their parade: Fight over rights of gays to march openly on St. Patrick's Day dampens mood of festivity

New York Daily News | March 17, 2014
Patrick's Day Parade kicks off in New York City [Photos]

New York Daily News | March 17, 2014 | Denis Hamill
Hamill: Cheers to Guinness, the Pope for rejecting bigotry on St. Patrick's Day

New York Daily News | March 17, 2014
Readers sound off on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York Magazine | March 16, 2014 | Margaret Hartmann
The Gay Rights Battle Over New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade: A History [Video]

New York Post | March 18, 2014 | Antonio Antenucci, Amber Sutherland and Lorena Mongelli
Huge crowds turn out for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York Post | March 17, 2014 | Richard Johnson
Boycotting Heineken and Guinness

New York Post | March 16, 2014 | Leonard Greene
Guinness ditches St. Paddy’s parade over LGBT ban

New York Times | March 17, 2014 | Robert Mackey
Murdoch Urges Irish to Boycott Guinness Over Its Embrace of Gay Rights

New York Times | March 17, 2014
A Parade Goes On Without the Mayor [Photos]

New York Times | March 16, 2014 | Ashley Southall
Guinness Withdraws Sponsorship of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

New York Times | March 16, 2014 | Michael Grynbaum and Nikita Stewart
Amid Mayoral Missteps and Snubs of Parades, Irish Eyes Are Rolling in New York

Out | March 17, 2014
Rupert Murdoch Urges Boycott of Pro-Equality Guinness

Politicker | March 17, 2014 | Jill Colvin
De Blasio Kicks Off St. Patrick’s Day With Gracie Breakfast

Reuters | March 17, 2014 | Victoria Cavaliere
New York's St. Patrick's parade marches on amid gay rights controversy

Reuters | March 17, 2014
Demonstrators protest as members of the FDNY Pipes and Drums Em march during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York [Photo]
Demonstrators protest as members of the FDNY Pipes and Drums Em march during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York [Photo]
Demonstrators protest as members of the NYPD march during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York [Photo]
Demonstrators protest as members of the NYPD march during the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York [Photo]

Reuters | March 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Barber
Guinness pulls out of NY's St. Patrick's parade over ban on gays

Reuters | March 15, 2014 | Anna Hiatt
Beer makers drop out of St. Pat's parades that ban openly gay marchers

Salon | March 17, 2014 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
The fight for LGBT equality will be won with beer

Staten Island Advance | March 17, 2014 | Mark D. Stein
St. Patrick's Day 2014: Staten Island goes green at annual Fifth Avenue parade (with photos)

United Press International | March 17, 2014 | Aileen Graef
Irish politicians criticize U.S. LGBT exclusion in St. Patrick's Day parades

Vice News | March 16, 2014 | Mary O'Hara
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade LGBT Ban Is Distinctly American

Voice of America | March 17, 2014 | Adam Phillips
NYC Hosts St. Patrick's Day Parade

Wall Street Journal | March 17, 2014 | Michael Howard Saul
Without Mayor de Blasio, St. Patrick's Day Parade Marches On

Wall Street Journal
Photos: St. Patrick’s Day Marches On in New York City

Washington Times | March 17, 2014
EDITORIAL: Keep St. Patrick’s Day parades free of gay politics
De Blasio, Walsh want to make the saint’s day all about sex

WNYC Radio News | March 17, 2014 | Stephen Nessen
PHOTOS: Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Picketed by Protesters

WNYC Radio News | March 17, 2014 | Kathleen Horan
Bratton Says He Marched to Honor NYPD Tradition, Not Against Gay Groups [Audio]

WNYC Radio| March 17, 2014 
Brian Lehrer Show - Irish-American Grievances

WNYC Radio News | March 16, 2014 | Sarah Hayley Barrett
Why the Furor Over Manhattan's St. Patrick's Day Parade?

Associated Press Images | March 17, 2014
253rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade













Associated Press Images | March 17, 2014
St Patrick's Parade




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Compiled by:
Bill Dobbs

March 18, 2014