Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves a NYC Burrough and it’s ban on gay marchers from their annual holiday parade.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers have and will continue to barred gay, lesbian and transgender groups from marching in the local parade. The parade was canceled last year over coronavirus concerns, but now that the reopenings are happening, organizers have again refused to allow L.G.B.T. groups to join the event, which is scheduled for March 6.
Organizers did not respond to a request for comment to DCR this past week. But they made their position clear in the application form for this year’s event, which said in boldface capital letters: “THIS PARADE IS NOT TO BE USED FOR AND WILL NOT ALLOW POLITICAL OR SEXUAL IDENTIFICATION AGENDAS TO BE PROMOTED.”
The application form also said the parade committee would allow a group to march only if it “does not stand, in any way, in opposition to, or contradict, the Teachings and Tenets of the Catholic Church.”
According to a New York Times article; Carol Bullock who is the executive director of the Pride Center of Staten Island, has spent years trying to secure her community center a spot in the parade. She was not deterred by the tone of the application papers. She went to a parade registration event at Holy Family Church in Staten Island last Sunday, alongside a representative from Fire Flag, which represents L.G.B.T. employees of the New York Fire Department, and the Gay Officers Action League, or G.O.A.L, which represents law enforcement officers. The Pride Center’s application had been rejected for years because parade organizers claimed that it promoted “a homosexual lifestyle” that violated the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and was at odds with a celebration of Irish identity, according to Bullock. She did not expect them to change their minds this year.
Larry Cummings who is the president of the parade committee, explained his position in 2018 to The Irish Voice, an Irish-American news organization based in New York City. “Our parade is for Irish heritage and culture,” he said. “It is not a political or sexual identification parade.” Cummings told the paper that the decision by “the Fifth Avenue parade” to allow L.G.B.T. organizations “has no bearing on Staten Island.” “They are two totally separate entities,” he said. “We don’t worry about what goes on in Manhattan.”
Smaller parades are held each year in communities across the New York region, and in recent years, many have followed the Manhattan parade in allowing L.G.B.T groups to march.
This situation has led a broad coalition of elected officials to boycott the celebration, including Staten Island’s district attorney, Michael E. McMahon, and Mayor Eric Adams, who in recent days for appointing three men who voiced opposition to gay marriage to roles in his administration. “We are still hopeful that the organizers of the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade will see the need for inclusion in our celebrations of cultural heritage and allow members of the LGBTQ+ community to participate,” Fabien Levy, a spokesman for Mr. Adams, said on Wednesday. “Until that time, the mayor will not participate in the parade.”