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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Update

By Charlotte Robinson, December 18, 2014
The organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this week approved an application by the LGBT group OUTVETS to march in their 2015 parade. The vote was by the Allied War Veterans Council that won a landmark US Supreme Court ruling back in 1995 that allowed organizers to ban marchers who proclaimed their sexual orientation. The vote was 5 to 4 in favor of OUTVETS according to its founder Bryan Bishop who addressed the council stating, “I think it’s very significant. Ensuring that there is 100 percent inclusivity is important.” Bishop also noted that OUTVETS is not a political action group seeking to break barriers. We contacted MassEquality which is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination & oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Carly Burton the Interim Co-Executive Director, MassEquality stated, "We applaud the Allied War Veterans for voting in favor of allowing the OUTVETS contingent to march in the 2015 Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. This is a great step forward for these veterans & we are pleased that the parade is becoming more inclusive. I'd like to add that we will be submitting an application to march in the parade in early January.”
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