So unsavory were the terms the South Boston “Allied War Veterans” offered to Mass Equality to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade that the organization has reemphasized its rejection of the so-called deal. http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/03/gay_advocates_no_st_patrick_s_day_parade_deal There had been intimations of a backlash against the statewide organization within the LGBT community for even entertaining the insulting offer that gays march in portable closets. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tell-Massequality-to-Reject-the-Backwards-St-Patricks-Day-Parade-Deal/644039885631243
The deal was never viable from an LGBT movement perspective. The idea that LGBT participants in the parade would be censored goes against everything we have fought for since Stonewall–“out of the closets and into the streets!” . But Mass Equality cannot be faulted for sitting down to a meeting with unrepentant homophobes–it was at the Mayor’s invitation. To his credit, Mayor Walsh has stopped pressuring LGBT folks to enter into an unacceptable non-compromise.that would resurrect the closet. .
Yet the negotiations opened Mass Equality and the LGBT community to some cheap shots from the homophobes who run the parade. The suggestion that the LGBT community could not field a contingent of veterans is execrable. At least the pretense of civility and decency was laid to rest when Wacko Hurley admitted to the Herald that he is a “bigot.”