Some of the facts here are dead wrong. First off, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization first applied to march in the parade in 1991 – not the 1980s. AND, many more than “a dozen” Irish and Irish American queer folks turn out to protest this bigoted parade each year. Why is a gay publication trying to make LGBT opposition to this parade look smaller than it really is?
I think an important point that is being omitted from the discussion of Christine Quinn marching in the St Patrick´s Day Parade in Dublin is how much progress has been made in Ireland on LGBT equality. There is no problem with LGBT people being involved in the St Patricks Day Carnival in Dublin, or Cork or other Irish cities. Ireland has become a forward thinking liberal country. The idea that the Ancient Order of the Hibernian control a public festival in the US and police it with bigotry sounds like a bizarre throw back to a past that we have all worked to over come. St Patricks Day, like Gay Pride, is a celebration of change and the positive reality that Ireland is now a diverse society.
[...] This Sunday: St. Pat’s for All Kick off the month of March with the St. Pat’s for All parade this Sunday, March 1, in Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens. This annual parade began in 2000 as an alternative to Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which has typically banned LGBT organizations from marching. [...]