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Gay veterans group gets permission to march in St. Patrick's parade

Associated Press reports.

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What's next?

The mannequin at Perkins Supply made out of PVC pipe joined by another mannequin made out of PVC pipe?

Pride lights on the monument?

The Blackthorn reverting to being called the Car Stop? Because we all know what Car Stop means to the gays, right?

Drag Shows inside Fort Independence? Cruising at the McKay Monument?

Rising real estate prices and little shops not selling scratchies and butts? Oh, wait.

Of course I'm kidding here. It is about damned time that the fossils that "run" South Boston get with the program and that all their kids and grandkids who are in those fine South Boston neighborhoods known as Pembroke and Weymouth get their heads out their arses as well and realize that people are people are people and it is just a parade, not a Boondock Saints preservation society meeting. Good for common sense prevailing here.

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There have been some essays suggesting that South Boston may have a much larger gay population than is obvious. By the neighborhoods...

1st - South End and Back Bay - Younger, upwardly mobile singles
2nd - South Boston - Single middle income
3rd - JP/Roslindale - Committed couples, some w/kids, home owners.

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Step in the right direction.

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About damn time

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Thank you for reporting this - haven't heard this reported elsewhere (other than your link to the AP report). Wonder why this isn't getting more notice? It is big news, and as others have said, about time!

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Has it in the Herald today

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Fox25 local tv reported it with this morning's news.

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The Globe reported it - but it was not a top story - check under the Metro section.

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The gays have their own parade to march in why do they have to ruin the st. Patrick's day parade. Gays always trying to make things gay.

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Why do you care what other people do with their sex organs? Afraid you might like it?

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There seems to be a pretty close overlap between the "obsessed with what gay people do for sex" crowd and the "obsessed with teen boy sagging pants and underwear" crowd.

Interesting.

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As a gay male, I would like to point out once and for all that the "the more people protest about gays the more likely they are to be in the closet themselves" meme is extremely inaccurate. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it doesn't happen as often as you would think. But people seem to use it as the automatic default explanation when someone exhibits homophobic behavior. Likewise with the "children/teens who bully are bullied at home themselves" theory. Yes it happens, but it's not an automatic thing. A lot of people bully just because they like to, plain and simple. And a lot of straight people are simply homophobic with no tendency to be gay themselves.

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Not to entirely discount the truth of what you said here, but there is some science to support this "meme".

Also, I was conflating the obsession with "ramming down our throats" with the never ending obsession over visible teen boy underwear for the sake of pure absurdity. When people say what most people would consider extreme things like this as a mantra, and proceed to obsess over the sex lives or clothing choices of others, they risk being in the category of "one thinks thou doth protest too much".

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Swirly, even if I don't always agree with you, I always think you're fighting the good fight. But I do think that your comment above is a little like mansplaining. Let's call it "allyslpaining" (apologies if you identify in a way that's different than ally). The gay guy who commented above was speaking from his experience and you kind of shut it down. As a member of the lgbt community, the way your response was worded didn't sit well with me.

My problem with the "one thinks thou doth protest too much" thing that people tend to say (straight and otherwise) is that it sounds a little bit like an insult or a tease, like they should be ashamed of being gay, in the closet, or questioning. A bigot is a bigot, and hateful or intolerant people are just that. I just hope that maybe they have a personal experience that can help them to be more understanding and accepting.

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Separate but equal is the very bedrock that this nation was founded upon! We have never wavered from it before in this nation's history and we'll never stop now!

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I have the feeling that your tongue-in-cheek humor is going to escape 98% of the readers here.

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They're not marching for gay rights. They're a VETERANS GROUP. What do you have against veterans? Are you anti-American?

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You of all people should be able to spot a troll.

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Honey, parades are inherently gay. Didn't they teach you that when you were younger?
The uniforms, the costumes, the music, the synchronized marching - with a capital "G".

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If I can't find a way to fit the phrase "Gays always trying to make things gay" into casual conversation today, I will be very disappointed in myself. The ridiculousness of the statement just makes me giggle every time I read it.

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... that many folks who style themselves "Christians" simply ignore the evidence that God himself is gay.

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Since this is a gay veterans group and not a gay rights group, I'm going to guess that at the first sign of a rainbow flag, they're going to be kicked out faster than when they used to be under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

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... is blue with white lettering. But the name is sufficient to raise the hackles of the old-timers.

I'd suggest that the corporate sponsors wait a year and make sure this group actually does get to march, with banner. Because I can see the parade organizers pulling a Lucy-with-the-football if they think they can get away with it.

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Is this starting early this year?

We're already talking about St Patty's day already?

oh good, means I can start planning my Memorial Day BBQ after January 1.

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Sure, they all talk a good story about how they don't need sponsorship from Harpoon, Sam Adams, Liberty Mutual, John Hancock, etc.

The reality is that there was no way they were going to make up for the corporate sponsorship that the past year's illiterate tantrums cost them.

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I was making a funny... It's not even Christmas and we're talking about St Patty's day already.

So like I said, I guess I can start planning my Memorial Day BBQ after New years!

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That was meant to be free standing, clean running and sanitary in its individual packaging.

Oh well. ;)

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Trick or Treat with Fireworks.

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Going to blog about come early spring?

Hey, at least he still has all winter to bash Southie over space savers!

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Maybe if the inbred townies of Southie weren't so eminently bashable (not to mention sensitive), they wouldn't get written about so much.

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on this site you can bash white people, but god forbid you call out young black males!

Hey at least the townies, have HS diplomas and a F____G job!

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The amount of racist crap that now shows up in the anon approval queue here is just staggering. You'd think folks would get the idea by now it's not getting up on the site, but whatever floats their boats.

But thanks for your note. I'm glad to hear South Boston's opiate crisis is under control and there's no more crime in the neighborhood.

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Isn't that how Whitey got his start in crime - a F____G "job" in the gay bars?

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Southie resident = white, huh? You said it, I didn't.

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Hey at least the townies, have HS diplomas and a F____G job!

Wow, the Boston public schools really are pathetic, aren't they?

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Who here is bashing white people? I see people bashing bad behavior.

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Who here is bashing white people? I see people bashing bad behavior.

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St. Paddy's not St. Patty's

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Big events do not get planned the weekend before. This should not come as a surprise.

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The vets followed the rules and were accepted by their fellow vets to march in the parade.

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Right, incorrect paperwork was the ONLY reason gays have been kept out of the parade since time in memoriam. That makes perfect sense as long as I stay in my tiny space/time vacuum.

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"immemorial".

Otherwise, spot on.

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This was on the front page of the Globe.

And by front page, I mean the front page of the Metro section. Below the fold.

These guys satisfied the requirements of the SBAWV Council, so fair play to them. I look forward to not seeing them march in the parade next year. What, I just don't go. Something about people being Irish for a day and their assumption that that means consuming massive amounts of alcoholic beverages.

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Our Portuguese neighbor threw the best St. Patrick's Day parties and all the families on our street had a blast. Must be sad to live life with such a dismal outlook!

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Okay, part of the outlook is that a friend got jumped at the parade. Back in 1990, but still, if that time frame is used by black people to say it is unsafe in Southie (definitely at the time, not so much now) I can say the same. The other part of the outlook is the fact that for some reason Americans, both of Irish descent and otherwise, equate St. Paddy's Day with drunken debauchery. I can't find the video online, but on RTE 2's Republic of Telly last season, for the holiday they sent cameras to New York to show drunken louts, since that is what's expected on this side of the ocean.

I'm proud of being Irish 364 days of the year. I celebrate Easter Monday. It's just that one day of the year, amateur day, that I avoid Southie, avoid the downtown bar scene, and quietly celebrate. I'll hit the county association's annual celebration, replete with Amhrán na bhFiann being sung by a show band, but that's about it.

That said, I hope the veterans' group will be well welcomed in the South Boston Allied War Veterans' parade.

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They dont screw it up trying to jam their sexual preference down peoples throats at a FAMILY EVENT! Remember, their being allowed next year, not indefinitely.

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Note to self: don't be seen in public with husband because that's jamming something down someones throat at a family event - and they might enjoy it.

So, they dye the beer green to make the vomit pools festive for the kids?

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Interesting choice of idiom.

jam their sexual preference down peoples throats

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I've seen this used repeatedly by people who feel their "deeply held religious beliefs" and "civil rights" are being "violated". They just don't get the irony.

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Straight people are always so worried about being turned gay.

Have you ever been to the Dorchester Day Parade? Dot Out has had a float for years, they have multicolored balloons and everybody on the float always seems to be having just the grandest time, but they don't go around handing out copies of the Gay Agenda. They're just enjoying being part of the community. I suspect the veterans' group in South Boston will be a bit more subdued. They're veterans, who put their lives on the line to protect your freedoms, not Imperial Storm Troopers (who, granted are always the best part of the Southie parade - so much Irish heritage to admire there).

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they don't go around handing out copies of the Gay Agenda.

THEY JAM THEM DOWN PEOPLE'S THROATS!! JAM THEM!! TAKE IT!! TAKE IT!! YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT!!

Haven't you been paying attention?

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"Wha'?! They turned me into a gay!"

"A gay?"

"...I got bettah..."

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I've been gay since 70s and I haven't gotten my copy of the gay agenda yet or my free toaster. I know I've converted some people too, I should have a few free toasters by now

WHERE'S MY COPY OF THE GAY AGENDA OR MY FREE TOASTER?

/s(arcasm) or /s(nark)

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to hear that!

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What's sorry about it?

I'm very happy being gay for the most part. Not sure if I had the opportunity to 'change' that if I would..

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He's sorry that you didn't get your free toaster. I think it got shoved down Booger's throat, so you might start looking there.

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1. The Agenda can be beamed directly into your mind while sleeping. Just leave a pink light
on overnight. If no pink lights are available, click your heels (no ruby slippers needed) 3 times
and say "Brunch Is The Bomb."

2. You can register for a toaster with Amazon. Due to the holiday rush, you may not get it until after
Saturnalia.

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Cousin to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion? Everyone knows that objective of both of these sets of world class, world known, secret documents provide the steps by which the Knights Templar, the Tri-Lateral Commission, the Queen of England, the Pope, JFK, Elvis and now Michael Jackson plan to turn the world in a sequin gown wearing billion strong chorus line.

Anyone disagreeing with this conspiracy theory may send your complaints to http:\\www.peoplewhodontgetit.co.mars .

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with the St. Patrick's Day parade? Is it because to 'progressives' the 'Irish' (AMERICANS of part or full Irish descent) somehow represent white people, are more 'Aryan' appearing, therefore 'racist'? We have many so-called ethnic parades and festivals in and around Boston, from Puerto Ricans, to Greeks, to Italian, to Israeli (Jewish), etc., but the 'Irish' seem to have a bullseye on them at least as far as some people are concerned.

And hold your horses....I'm not anti-gay by any stretch (won't use the term homophobic because to me it sounds stupid).

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The other parades you mention haven't barred gays from participating. And the St Patricks Day parade in southie has repeatedly stated they are a veterans parade, not an irish parade, in blocking gays from marching openly.

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The Irish have a "bullseye" on their back because they wouldn't let gay veterans groups march in the parade for many years. It's not complicated.

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what it is, no other parade, cultural event or the like besides THIS parade has been subject to such scrutiny.

There is no gay pride float in the Haitian Parade, and i never heard anyone say boo.

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Did any gay Haitian groups ever ask to march in that parade?

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Gay Haitians are not treated very well by fellow Haitians.

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Gaytians.

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The reason people have an issue with the St. Paddy's day parade in South Boston has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, Irishness, or Southie -- it's that for years the people running it were assholes.

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The NRA asked to march in this parade too. Please welcome them with open 'arms'.

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"The NRA" is not a veterans' group. So no.

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Don't let the original poster find out about the CMP or they'll really have a coronary.

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Call up The Immaculate Heart of Mary School and see if they're going to march this year or not now.

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Get the last laugh. Now all you hypocritical bigots have nothing to whine about between now and March 17th.

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Adam, considering how nasty the anons have been of late, I can't imagine the sewer that is the queue for approval that only you have to look at. On behalf of all of us who actually take the time and try to consistently post under our logins, thank you for taking that bullet for us.

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Gee, it makes me wonder why the veterans didn't do this years ago, if it's such a big laugh for them.

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The Dorchester Reporter has the details.

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From the Dorchester Reporter:

There will be no sexual contents in the parade

And that's the crux of the matter, isn't it? Some of the old guard see gay people as being all about sex, all the time and everywhere, including in "their" parade. They're blind to the fact that it's they who continually exhibit this irrational sexual obsession. Why can't they just keep it to themselves?

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Made ya click!

Honestly I know when I am marching in a parade, I bring a boom box to play some hot disco tracks like Donna Summer and the BeeGees. Then I pick one of the five Village People costumes I have in my closet (the cop is my fav) and put that on.

Once I am in the parade, I start to take off my clothes, do thrusting movements, and disco dance like I am at the Blue Oyster. Maybe I'll take an innocent str8 guy out of the crowd and force him to do naughty things with me in the parade. Then when the parade is done, at the end I coax as many guys into the porto-toilets so trade blow jobs for Ketamine. Sometimes I have so many I have to sell tickets.

Because you know.. everyone seems to think gay people are just going to spontaneously going to have sex everywhere. Might as well live up to that expectation.

I mean isn't this what people think?

(SARCASM)

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You didn't say you were doing all of that on roller skates.

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You forgot the part about leather chaps.

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Was a hard decision between being the Village People cop or the Village People leatherman.

I have both.

(and for real I do own a set of chaps....)

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