March 16th, 2006

Flowering Hillside

Come help protest the exclusion of LGBT people from NYC's 'official' Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Tomorrow March 17th is Saint Patrick's Day.  The day when everybody is "Irish for the day", beer is dyed green, people wear buttons urging perfect strangers to come over and kiss them and American's everywhere, regardless of their actual family heritage, religion and background march in numerous "Saint Patrick's Day Parades held in municipalities all over the country.  Unless, of course, you are an out & proud member or friend of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community in New York City.  There, unless you agree to shut up and crawl back into the closet you are barred [by court order] from participating in New York City's "official" Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

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So this Saint Patrick's Day do something that really is traditionally Irish, come on out and help resist tyranny, fight for equality and celebrate the genuine Irish values of community, family and pride.  Come join the nice people from Irish Queers and their allies in protesting the exclusion of Irish & Irish-American LGBT people and their friends and relations from NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade.  

Please come on down to the East Side of Fifth Avenue at 57th Street on Friday March 17th for a Sideline Protest & Picket starting at 10:30 am or thereabouts.  To get there take the N, R, W or 4, 5, 6 trains to 59th Street and walk over.  All people of good-will regardless of their ethnic background, sexual orientation, political affiliations, religious affiliation, etc., etc., etc. are most sincerely welcome!

If you can't be there in person you can still be there in spirit.  Here are 10 things you can do to support the whole NYC Irish Community.

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