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Empire State Pride Agenda Slams St. Patrick's Day Parade Rule Change

Via press release:
The news that the organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade will allow one LGBT group – OUT at NBC Universal – to march under its own banner for the first time strikes us as disappointing and self-serving. While this development is long overdue, inviting one group to march at the exclusion of all others and continuing to refer to our vibrant community as “gay” when it is in fact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, is a far stretch from the full inclusion we deserve. New York is known for its diversity and inclusive spirit. Discrimination against LGBT people in New York City is illegal, and we're proud to host the country's largest LGBT pride parade down the very same street, in fact, on which we're denied participation each March. We must continue the momentum from this small step in the right direction and call for full equality not tomorrow, but today.

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