Last week, organizers of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade announced that for the first time ever, they would allow an LGBT group to march in 2015. The catch is that only one group would be allowed, and it’s the LGBT employees group at NBC, a corporate sponsor of the parade.
Now, the activist group Irish Queers has called on Out@NBCUniversal to boycott the parade unless other LGBT groups are allowed to join next year. They applied to march this week, even though the parade has already said no other LGBT groups will be considered. And they’re especially mad that the first LGBT group admitted is not even an Irish group.
Irish Queers’ Gabby Cryan said inviting OUT@NBCUniversal is just a corporate publicity stunt to bring back sponsors, including Guinness and Heineken beers, who boycotted the parade over the ban.
“This is not a policy change,” Cryan said. “This is a token gesture. This is not actually including the Irish lesbian and gay, queer community in New York City.”
Emmaia Gelman said the organizers never included other gay groups in the dialogue before making their decision.
“We call on OUT@NBCUniversal not to be pawns in this triangulation of homophobia, money and public relations,” said Gelman, also a member of Irish Queers.
Zam. Props to these folks for speaking up about something that we all knew didn’t sit quite right.