Target: Tim Duross, parade director for the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council
Goal: Make sure LGBT veterans are not banned from future Boston St. Patrick’s Day parades.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council recently reversed a controversial decision to ban gay veterans from participating in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The council had voted to lift the ban on gay veterans in 2015 after over 20 years of blocking their participation, only to reinstate it this year. Fortunately, after a public outcry the council again reversed itself and decided to let gay veterans participate.
LGBT members of the military have fought a long, hard battle to have their identities recognized and accepted by society, but this ban shows that there is still progress to be made. Banning LGBT veterans from events such as this parade disrespects the sacrifices these brave veterans have made for their country and flies in the face of equality. While it is encouraging that the decision to ban gay veterans from the parade was eventually reversed, the council must do more be committing to become a welcoming environment for the LGBT community in future events. Tell the council to move social progress forward, not backward.
Dear Mr. Duross,
I strongly believe that all veterans should be recognized and celebrated for their service, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. That is why I must condemn the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council’s earlier decision to once again ban gay veterans from South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. While I am glad this decision has since been reversed, I ask that the council go further by committing to welcoming LGBT organizations’ participation in all future events.
The men and women of OutVet and other similar LGBT veteran associations have just as much of a right to march in the parade as any other group of vets. Their contributions to this country should not be invalidated or ignored simply because of who they love.
I must urge the council to take important steps towards social progress and equality by never again banning gay veterans from participating in an event.
[Your Name Here]
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