Consider this a public service.
I don’t comment on my blogs because what I have to say, I say in the blog.
I do read the comments, but I consider those the discussions of the people who make the comments, and they in no way influence what I decide to post, or even if I post at all.
I post what I decide to post because the topic interests me.
since there were some questions earlier on a particular topic I chose to write about , I figured I would supply the answers since I now have them.
There were people who expressed the following concerns when I wrote about the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston.
"Do the Gay Pride organizers have the right to accept and/or deny an organizations application?”
“And people who march in parades to blatently [sic] advertise their sexuality are pigs. - regardless which team they play for.
“Are the "straight people" that march in your parade advertising their sexuality "straight/heterosexual" on their T shirts?”
“That would fly in the face of a "gay pride" parade….as the opposite would at a St Patricks Day parade. Mass Equality was invited to march…but didn't want to because they couldn't carry banners or wear T Shirts announcing their sexual preference [sic].”
These were some of the comments that followed the blogs that dealt with the denial of the participation of GLBT people and Veterans for Peace in the Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade.
I cited these comments since the major question of inclusion and advertising of one’s sexual orientation have been addressed by activities related to the Pride Parade to be held this June in New York City.
Because of the Stonewall Rebellion having taken place there in 1969, and as NYC is the first city to have a Pride parade, and, therefore, is very well attended and is a very visible event, it would be the perfect place for some religious or heterosexual group, or a combination of the two, to prove that organizers of the Pride Parade were just as exclusive as the organizers of both the Boston and New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parades if the application for participation were to be denied.
Anti-Gay Catholic League president Bill Donohue applied for inclusion in the Pride Parade in NYC saying his group would march with a "Straight Is Great" banner.
If organizers refused his application then they would be revealed as hypocrites, and, obviously, that was his intention when filing an application.
His attempt to prove this failed, however, as the Gay Pride Parade organizers accepted his application to march.
Now he was faced with the conundrum of being a very outspoken homophobe who was about to march in a Gay Pride Parade.
He is the person who has claimed after all that:
AIDS is self-inflicted;
Same-sex marriage is "one of the most bizarre ideas in human history”;
Marriage Equality is the same as Apartheid;
Chastity is the only way a Gay person can have a faithful life;
Despite the existence of gay-affirming faith groups, "Every world religion is either opposed to homosexuality or takes no position on it; not one finds it acceptable”;
"Two men cannot get married. They cannot form a family”;
God smites faith communities who welcome Gay people (which contradicts his claim that every world religion opposes it, or takes no position);
“The idea of two men marrying is so bizarre and so anti-marriage that it is a great tribute to the American people that they continue to respect the right of gays to participate in American life without harassment while simultaneously rejecting the extremist gay agenda.” ;
"Yes, there’s a connection between Irish and alcoholism, and, yes, there’s a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors."
Marriage equality is the province of white liberals;
Equated the Supreme Court's decision overturning the Defense of Marriage act to an “asocial vision” where “all we have are unhinged individuals. Men and women who go about their business willy-nilly, creating, and recreating their world, without any collective end”;
AIDS was punishment for going against the "natural order" and those seeking a cure are like smokers seeking a cure for lung cancer.
And now, here he was having his application to march in the NYC Pride Parade accepted.
He needed a way out so he told Steve Malzberg, a conservative radio host, that the Gay Pride organizers were maneuvering to keep his "Straight is Great" contingent out of the parade because they are requiring all participants to attend the parade's training session, a requirement for all group leaders.
“Quite frankly, as a straight guy, I don’t go to gay training sessions,” Donohue said. “I think I’m pretty much an un-trainable guy when it comes to this thing”.
Why principled people have to lie to hold their point always annoys me, especially in this case where the training session is a standard information and safety session for group leaders so they will be aware of rules and procedures on the day of the event, where to line up, how to find their designated staging areas, where their group members need to sign in, how to disperse at the end of the parade route, NYPD safety policies, what vehicle and sound permits will be needed, things like that.
No one is holding workshops to teach people how to be Gay as Mr. Donahue wants people to believe.
When you have a parade known to involve and be watched by millions of people, logistics have to be explained to group leaders so they can pass information on to members of their group.
He found a way out of the parade, and had to lie to claim he was forced out.
He claims that the organizers’ motivation for this fictitious Gay-training session is because they are afraid that instead of 100 people, he might take over the parade with 3,000.
Problem is that, according to last year’s count not including parade watchers, with half a million participants, his 3000 will not quite overwhelm the parade.
So the answers to the questions are:
“Are the "straight people" that march in your parade advertising their sexuality "straight/heterosexual" on their T shirts?”…..Yes
“Do the Gay Pride organizers have the right to accept and/or deny an organizations application?”…..Yes
“And people who march in parades to blatently [sic] advertise their sexuality are pigs. - regardless which team they play for”……That would make the Catholic League rather piggy
“That would fly in the face of a "gay pride" parade….as the opposite would at a St Patricks Day parade. Mass Equality was invited to march…but didn't want to because they couldn't carry banners or wear T Shirts announcing their sexual preference [sic].” The application was accepted, so apparently not.
So there you have it.