The St. Patrick’s Day committee has agreed to allow an Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 2016 parade while carrying a banner after a vote to grant Lavender and Green Alliance, an LGBT Irish group from Queens, NY, a permit. Allowing the group to march marks the first time in an Irish LGBT group is able to openly march. The committee, last year, decided to end the ban on parade participants from marching as openly gay under a banner, when they allowed Out@NBCUniversal to march. But, this will be the city’s first gay Irish group participating and a signal that more LGBT groups will be allowed to participate this year.
The group’s cofounder Brendan Fay said: “We have been on a long and winding road to equality, a road marked by painful exclusion and years of protests and arrests. With this decision, we are transformed from cultural outsiders to insiders who can share in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a vital expression of our heritage and culture.”