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Irish Foreign Minister Against Homophobia

By Charlotte Robinson, March 17, 2011
Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore criticized the New
York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade for its ban on LGBT groups.
Gilmore who took office last week stated Wednesday during a
historic meeting with Irish LGBT leaders at the Irish Consulate
in Manhattan that “Exclusion is not an Irish thing.”
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will start taking place next month. In Boston, MA we have the
same problem. Most of our political leaders including Boston
Mayor Menino do not march in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in
South Boston due to their homophobic policy not include
LGBT groups. And the Band Plays On.....
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Eamon Gilmore said...

Exclusion is not an Irish thing. What these parades are about is a celebration of Ireland and Irishness. I think they need to celebrate Ireland as it is, not as people imagine it. Equality is very much the center of who we are in our identity in Ireland. This issue of exclusion is not Irish, let's be clear about it. Exclusion is not an Irish thing..... I think that's the message that needs to be driven home

Eamon Gilmore, Irish Foreign Minister

Ken said...

While the Minister's comments are to be welcomed, it should be noted he will still attend the parade. He also did not meet those who are actively protesting the exclusions. He met the careerists and apologists for 20 years of discrimination. He should have met with Anne Maguire, those who formed ILGO and the people who now form Irish Queers. I will be interested to hear if he said anything to AOH or Mayor Bloomberg about the ban?

More on this from leading Irish blogger Suzy Byrne who also questions who was at meeting and the decision by the minister to still attend the parade.


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