St. Patrick’s Day Parade Exclusion
The embarrassing backward South Boston Allied War Veterans Council has voted to deny OUTVETS, an organization for LGBTQ veterans entry in Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade even though OUTVETS participated in that event for the past 2 years. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stated, “I will not tolerate discrimination in our city of any form. We are one Boston, which means we are a fully inclusive city. I will not be marching in the parade unless this is resolved. Anyone who values what our city stands for should do the same.” OUTVETS stated, “This is a sad day for the LGBTQ community & for Veterans of all backgrounds. We served our country with honor & distinction. But even after bringing honor to this parade, this community & to all those who have served, we fight every day to be treated with the basic dignity that comes with service to country.” Deborah Shields, MassEquality Executive Director concluded, “MassEquality remains committed to full equality & inclusion for everyone in our LGBTQ communities. We are grateful to Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker, Dan Magoon of Mass Fallen Heroes & other local & state leaders who have spoken publicly against the decision or declined to march in the Parade because of its return to a policy of exclusion. We hope that the Allied War Veterans Council will reconsider its vote & we support the opening of dialogue between the Council & OUTVETS to work toward a resolution.” The Parade officials Council gave no reason for this year’s decision.
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