It’s Sunday Funday, So We’re Queering Your Parades

Howdy, partners! Welcome to another wild and wonderful Sunday Funday!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Gay, Or Whatever

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Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade has not one, but two LGBT rights groups marching in it.

The advocacy group Boston Pride and OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, have been welcomed by the organizers.

“This is a tremendous leap forward,” Boston Pride organizer Sylvain Bruni said Friday.

Until now, gay-rights groups have been barred by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators each year. Twenty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the organizers’ right to keep gays out.

But Brian Mahoney commands the council now, and he’s shrugging off questions about sexual orientation.

I Want These LEGOs

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The women of the Supreme Court are still badass as fuck when they’re made out of plastic. It’s pretty incredible.

Important Update Re: Weasel Flying on Woodpecker

There’s a music video now, JSYK.

Meet the Trans Woman Heading Up DC Police’s LGBT Liason Unit

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That’s Sgt. Jessica Hawkins to you, missy.

This Out Lesbian Lawmaker is Fighting Ex-Gay Therapy in Texas

Last year, Texas’ Republican Party officially enshrined support for the bullshit notion of “ex-gay therapy” into its platform, because Republicans. This year, Celia Israel is leading the fight to ban the practice for minors altogether.

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“I don’t think that they recognize how hurtful these kinds of things can be,” Israel said. “To suggest that some young kid that happens to be gay is less than normal is very hurtful and harmful and dangerous, and I think I put myself back in those years when I was first discovering who I was. … I felt strongly about introducing a bill that was a counter to that, to say, ‘We don’t need fixing. We just need your love.’”

Hello These Are Dachshunds Playing Cops and Robbers

And also melting your heart. And also driving little cars! EVERYTHING HAPPENING HERE IS TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE.


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Carmen

Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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7 Comments

  1. I hope the Boston parade draws attention to the upcoming referendum on marriage equality in Ireland. It’s still a huge struggle back home and me and my now wife had to get married abroad due to the state not recognizing our marriage. I say ‘had to’ but a Hawaiin beach wedding wasn’t exactly a chore! But seriously everyone: please spread the word about Ireland’s upcoming referendum and get your Irish friends to VOTE YES

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