Identity politics are tricky - particularly at the St Patrick's Day Parade
Village Voice | March 18, 2014 | Anna Merlan
Governor candidate and anti-gay activist Scott Lively marches in Boston St. Patrick's Parade
BOSTON – Springfield-based anti-gay minister Scott Lively announced he proudly marched in Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day which many politicians skipped because parade organizers have banned gay, bisexual and lesbian groups.
Lively, a Shelburne Falls native who owns the Holy Grounds coffee shop in Springfield, is running as a independent candidate for governor. He said he marched with his new running mate Shelly Saunders, of Springfield, and a small contingent of supporters.
Many other politicians, including Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch, skipped the parade after they could not come to an agreement with organizers to allow gays and lesbians to march in the parade. The maker of Sam Adams beer also withdrew his support.
“The LGBT bullies, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, are giving the St. Paddy’s Day Parade organizers a hard time for keeping the parade a family-friendly event, but they are standing strong for family values and not bowing to intimidation,” Lively said in a press release.
“The media is predictably crying ’discrimination,’ but thank God the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the parade organizers have the constitutional right to exclude anyone they please,” he said in writing.
Lively said he was marching to represent all the voters who believe in “authentic marriage and the Biblical model of family.”
Lively is no stranger to controversy. His crusade against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has taken him around the world and most recently to federal court. Based on his anti-gay talks in Uganda, where the anti-gay movement pushed a bill to passage that criminalizes homosexuality, Lively is accused of crimes against humanity in a lawsuit filed by human rights groups Sexual Minorities Uganda and New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights.
He also recently defended reality show “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s who compared homosexuality to bestiality.
He jumped into the 2014 Massachusetts governor’s race this fall as an independent candidate to “unapologetically articulate Biblical values without fear or compromise.“
PROTEST @ NYC ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
MARCH 17, 2014
We're protesting on the WEST side of Fifth Ave, between 56th and 57th Streets. Oh, trust us, you'll see us!
We'll have cupcakes and the fabulousness the Rude Mechanical Orchestra to make it fun.
It's not always fun. But this year -- super fun. In case you don't spend all your time following the developments: Heineken and Guinness dropped out as sponsors of the parade. That is veryvery big happenings! After years of things Not. Budging. At. All. things are budging.
Join us there! If you can't find us, or if you have trouble getting through the barricades to reach us, call (718) 909-3956 and we'll figure it out.
Please sign and SHARE this petition to Commissioner Bratton. He gets an email every time someone signs it, so step on up -- we can make 2014 the last year for NYPD homophobia on parade.
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Heineken just pulled their sponsorship because of the parade's homophobia.
Sam Adams Brewery have similarly pulled their sponsorship from the Boston parade.
St. Patrick's Day parades are going off all over the world and making a big deal of their inclusiveness, their refusal of homophobia. As if to say Hellooooo New York?
The Taoiseach is in New York City and is getting no peace, as the calls for him to stand up for Irish LGBTQ people keep coming.
About a dozen LGBTQ and police accountability groups are set for the press conference and protest at the parade -- a show of solidarity and united purpose that we haven't seen in a good few years, because people get cyclically sick and tired of banging their heads against the unflinchingly bigoted parade committee.
No one who reads a newspaper in New York or Ireland could mistake the parade for an Irish celebration, in spite of some of the homophobes' efforts to recast their religious bigotry as "just not being all about gayness."
The calls for change are getting louder, and the evasions getting more and more pretzel-like. Could it be that the facades are falling altogether? That would be... such a relief.
It's telling to watch the NY Irish community's outrage boil up now. Some people see this is just an extension of the bigotry that Irish queer groups have been trying (often without much help) to challenge. Some really, truly never saw it coming. As the poem goes: "First they came for the communists..."
Guardian: New York St Patrick's Day parade to include Northern Irish police
First They Came...
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.