This Saturday, tens of thousands of cops will march in an explicitly anti-gay parade of hate – Mayor Bloomberg, too. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, once a celebration of Irish New York, is now a “solemn procession” of the religious right. It was redesigned so that anti-gay bigots could parade using the church’s special right to discriminate. The parade officially sends an “anti-gay message” – and the NYPD is its biggest participant.
How much does the NYPD support religious anti-gay bigots? The NYPD actively fought to keep Irish queers out of the parade, fought queers’ right to protest the parade, and now sends thousands of officers to march in NYPD contingents. Most recently, when a dozen queer rights and immigrant/cultural groups joined forces to tell NYPD Commissioner Kelly that police endorsement exacerbates anti-queer violence, and to demand that the NYPD pull out of the parade, Commissioner Kelly didn’t even bother to respond.
PROTEST NYPD HOMOPHOBIA & ANTI-QUEER VIOLENCE
Separate church and state… Separate bigots and public servants!
Sat. March 17 @ 11am
For more info: www.irishqueers.org