State Senate candidate for the 1st Suffolk District in Boston, Marueen Dahill, has created an online petition asking for South Boston’s elected officials to include the gay and lesbian community in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “I am proud to be from South Boston. I am proud of the deep roots and the amazing people who have ultimately shaped who I am today. South Boston is a vibrant community. It is a diverse community and it is a welcoming and inclusive community,” said Dahill. Since the parades inception, the Allied War Veteran’s Council hasn’t allowed LGBT people in its parade. “Last year over one million people visited South Boston to watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade. With this year’s parade falling on the St Patrick’s Day holiday, there will be likely even more people. It’s time we showed our neighborhood in its true light and allowed gays and lesbian groups to march in the parade,” added Dahill.
The petition is getting support from fellow representatives like Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Boston).
You can click here to sign the petition and make St. Patrick’s Day an inclusive event.