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Group given unacceptable marching orders

RE “IN first, gay group invited to march, with restrictions” (Page A1, March 1): So, MassEquality would have been allowed to march in the South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day parade as long as their shirts and signs didn’t say the word “gay” (never mind even scarier words such as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer). I am amazed that anyone could think this is a victory for the LGBT community.

As a lesbian, as well as a Navy veteran and a member of Veterans for Peace, what am I supposed to be celebrating — that after all these years of struggle, we have earned the right to say “equality” in public?

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It is old news that the Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade, takes such a homophobic position. I’m more concerned that Mayor Walsh doesn’t really understand LGBT issues. That Walsh marched in the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for years as a state representative is telling.

It feels as if he is trying to broker a deal now that he’s mayor of Boston so that he can continue to march in the parade while patting himself on the back for a diplomatic victory. If this is victory for the LGBT community, I’d hate to see what defeat looks like.

M. Lara Hoke


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