This year openly gay Irish-American City Council Speaker Christine Quinn celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Washington, D.C.. Quinn attended a reception for Irish-Americans at the White House featuring Prime Minister Brian Cowen of Ireland.
For the fourth year in a row, Quinn demonstrated her continued support for the LGBT community by refusing to march in the famed NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade. Quinn was first invited to march in 2006 after her election but was advised that wearing any kind of pro-gay attire was not allowed.
For years, Quinn has tried to negotiate with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, sponsors of the NYC parade, over their history of excluding gays. In 1991 the group tried to keep a gay organization out the parade and expelled the division that invited them. “I just don’t understand why being stuck is more attractive than even trying,” Quinn told The New York Times. “It just seems hard to accept, with all of the progress in our city, and all of the progress in the world, that we should be at loggerheads over the inclusiveness of the Fifth Avenue parade. It kind of boggles the mind.”
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