Irish Queers marched last year in the 2016 NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade. We were thrilled that, after 25 years of protest, we broke the ban on LGBTQ Irish groups.
Still, it was much the same parade as before. Simply adding queers to the staid litany of religious, military, and backroom political marching groups — without accountability for the parade bosses' past bigotry and and without changing their power which dictated "who belongs" in Irish community — was a sad experience that we don’t want to repeat.
In the new era of Trump, the politics of a community that knows both immigrant hardship and white privilege matter more than ever.
Irish resistance in the face of brutal power is the heritage that Irish Queers celebrate!