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No homos in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade

“If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow neo-Nazis into their parade?…“If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to allow the Ku Klux Klan into their parade? People have rights. If we let the ILGO [the defunct Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization] in, is it the Irish Prostitute Association next?”

John Dunleavy, president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who run the annual Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade

And a top o’ the morning to you, f*cktard.

Dunleavy also said there would be “absolutely no way” he would permit the Irish-American gay org Lavender and Green Alliance to march tomorrow. (Gay City News):

Despite several weeks of discussions between City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who run the annual Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, aimed at breaking a 15-year deadlock over participation of openly gay and lesbian marchers, the efforts have faltered as the result of AOH intransigence, the speaker told Gay City News in a March 15 telephone interview.

As a result, Quinn, who in years past has been arrested for protesting the parade policy, will once again refuse to participate this Friday, March 17, in the city’s oldest parade, which dates to 1762.

Asked whether her office would continue to negotiate with the Hibernians up until Friday morning’s step-off, the speaker told Gay City News, “Unfortunately, the time has passed.”

“I am disappointed to say that we were unable to come to any compromise with AOH this year,” Quinn explained. “I do think that there were allies at AOH that we uncovered and although we did not get to a compromise this year, I am incredibly optimistic about the prospects for the future.”

…Quinn had told The New York Times earlier this week that she was willing to march if gay and lesbian participants, wearing sashes and buttons identifying themselves as queer—though not carrying any banner as other groups are permitted to do—were invited to join her and the remainder of the City Council delegation. That position—falling short of the long-standing demand by activists that unfettered participation be allowed—was similar to what occurred when gay marchers joined Mayor David Dinkins in 1991, though that approach was not met with approval by the parade organizers. The mayor’s contingent was met with boos and even some beer bottles thrown at them.

But guess what? sHillary will be marching in the parade — no surprise.

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