Should we Allow Bill Donohue in the Gay Pride Parade?

Right Wing nut, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League announced today that the controversy over the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s ban on LGBT groups has inspired him to apply to march at the New York pride parade with a “Straight Is Great” banner.

Donohue told conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg that if his application is approved he will “bring a big wedding cake” to the pride parade, in what he seems to think would be a slight to LGBT people.

I don’t personally have any problem with this. As long as it’s not HATE – there is nothing wrong with “Straights are Great,” – straights are great!  They made us! I think he should be allowed. Thoughts?

LISTEN to his interview

 

HERITAGE OF PRIDE  responded:

Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) formally addressed speculations regarding the
participation of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the 2014 NYC LGBT
Pride March and the group’s intent to carry a ‘Straight is Great’ banner. In response to email
communications from Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, NYC
Pride representatives provided instructions for the March’s online registration system.
“Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March. His group’s presence
affirms the need for this year’s Pride theme, ‘ We Have Won When We’re One .’

Straight is great – as long as there’s no hate,” said David Studinski, March Director of NYC Pride. Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride, added, “Straight allies are great. We have thousands of straight people participating in the Pride March , including Catholic groups, who support LGBT youth, families and married couples.” GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project provided background information on Bill Donohue’s recent statements on LGBT people.

On February 27, 2014, Donohue gave a video
interview with World Over with Raymond Arroyo in which he stated, “If I wanted to get into their gay
pride parade with my own float with big banners saying ‘straight is great,’ they would have a right to feel put-upon and I wouldn’t do that to them.” Video footage is at 12 minutes and 30seconds:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoATmGJG3DA

Mr. Donohue has been an outspoken opponent of legal recognition of LGBT people, loving LGBT families, the science of sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS education. He continually refers to marriage equality as “crazy” and “one of the most bizarre ideas in human history,” and he has equated the marriage equality movement with the “minority of people in South Africa who took away the rights of Black people;” insists “we’re not going to allow gay people to adopt children, that’s against nature, it’s against nature’s God;” champions a program called Courage, which tells LGBT people that a chaste, celibate life is the only acceptable option; and on multiple occasions, Mr.Donohue has referred to AIDS as “self-inflicted” and due to going against “natural order.”

For more information visit: http://www.glaad.org/cap/bill-donohue

Registration for the 2014 NYC LGBT Pride March is currently open. All groups and organizations that love and support the LGBT community are encouraged to join. Visit nycpride.org/events/the-marchtoregister

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UPDATE:  Donohue has chickened out and will NOT be marching in our parade!

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