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Where Diversity Is Tradition

As cold winter winds whipped, snow fell, and the sun attempted to break through clouds, activists, politicians, and revelers gathered on Sunday, March 4 for the Eighth Annual St. Pats for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens. This year attendance at the city's only inclusive St. Patrick's Day parade was bigger than ever, giving many hope that this gathering will soon reach its goal of fundamentally integrating LGBT people into New York's vast Irish-American community. Comment

Quinn to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an out lesbian, will march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland this March 17, an event that welcomes gay and lesbian contingents unlike her hometown parade that has excluded them since the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization first applied in 1991. "I hope that my participation in the Dublin parade will send a message about the importance of inclusion," she said. Last year she tried to work out a compromise with the Ancient Order of Hibernians over the Fifth Avenue march, but she was rebuffed by its leader who said including gay people on St. Patrick's Day would be like including Nazis in the Israeli Day parade. Comment
Guest Perspective

Why I'm Marching in Dublin This St. Patrick's Day

New Yorkers should feel proud that ours is one of the most diverse, open, and welcoming cities anywhere. We take pride in celebrating our different cultures. It is no wonder that we have more ethnic parades than any other city in the world - and they are amazing displays of culture and community. Comment


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