Target: Chris Schulte, Grand Marshall of Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
Goal: Condemn Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for banning gay participants from marching in the parade.
The Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee issued an outrageous decision that forbids members of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network from marching in the parade. The Committee justified their decision by saying that they didn’t want a gay and lesbian group marching in a Catholic event. Sign the petition to condemn the discriminatory decision of the Committee.
Ricardo Martinez, manager of GLSEN, said that the group was informed Friday that the Committee banned its Cincinnati chapter and youth leaders from marching in the parade on Saturday because they have gay and lesbian in their name. Chris Seelbach, an openly gay member of the city council, was similarly stunned by the decision, “The city helps fund this parade, and the city has made it very clear that we will not tolerate any kind of discrimination against gay people.” Seelbach, together with three other city council members, has said that he will boycott the parade. What makes the decision particularly disturbing is that GSLEN marched in the parade last year. This seems to indicate that the decision was made by certain members of the Committee for discriminatory reasons. It is also detrimental to LGBT youth.
GLSEN pointed out that 4 out of 5 LGBT suffer bullying and that, “The ban sends a devastating message to LGBT youth in Cincinnati that they are not welcome.” Sign the petition to condemn the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Committee and let them know that discrimination is unacceptable.
Dear Chris Schulte,
I am a citizen writing to condemn the decision of the Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Committee to ban all the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network from marching in the parade. Your justification for the decision is that the event is a Catholic event. Yet, GLSEN marched in the parade last year. St. Patrick’s Day is also a holiday that is enjoyed by all the public with very little religious significance to most people.
The city cannot use public funds and public space to hold a parade and then deny the right of certain members of the public to march because of their sexual orientation. LGBT individuals live and work in the city and pay taxes just like everyone else. They have as much right as any heterosexual person to participate in the parade. Your decision has no justification and is blatantly discriminatory. By seeking to exclude members of the LGBT community you send a message that they are not welcome.
This is unacceptable in a modern society; I demand that you apologize to GLSEN for your actions.
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