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Despite a promise to end its ban by 2015, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan continues to bar LGBT groups from participating in its festivities. However, it made one exception this year, which has given activists hope: Out @ NBC Universal was allowed to march in this weekend's parade.
The Advocate recently spoke to members and allies of the media company's LGBT group at its 10th anniversary party in order to brainstorm reasons why the ban on LGBT people is not only unjust and discriminatory, it's just plain silly. After all, no one can throw a parade quite like the LGBT community!
Here are nine reasons compiled from responses by Ross Mathews, cast members of The Royals, Guy Wilson and Freddie Smith (Days of Our Lives), and Advocate editors on why the Irish are missing out.
We're amazing marchers!
How else would you find a pot of gold?
Let's spice up those jigs.
We love 'em!
5. Gender-nonconforming Dress
It's more than just kilts!
6. Drag Queens
What's better than a leprechaun? A leprechaun in heels.
Six percent of Ireland is gay!
Can't say "Gaelic" without "gay"!
9. Shared History of Oppression
We're stronger when we work together.