I am a Staten Islander. I am Irish. And I am bisexual. I did not choose to be any of those things, but I should be respected.

The Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a pinicle part of my community. Every year, the community gathers and we celebrate the Irish heritage. A few days ago, I found out that the parade committee has been discriminating against our Pride Center for years.

Every year the Pride Center applies to march in the parade. There are many non-Irish, non-Catholic organizations that march but the Pride Center is always denied. When we asked the committee why, they said that the parade is not a “sexual identification” parade. Meaning the Pride Center was denied solely because they are LGBT and that is discrimination.

The Parade committee has massive support in my community and I have never been so disappointed with my neighbors.

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