Future Parades Would Have To Allow Gay-Related Groups

March 22, 2013

Chris Seelbach says he and a majority of council members signed one that would require organizers of any parades that take city money to adhere to the city’s anti-discrimination policy. The city’s Human Rights Ordinance includes protection for gay people. This came up last week when the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parade refused to let GLSEN (Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network), which works to educate against bullying gay kids in school, to walk in the parade. That prompted most council members to pull out of the parade.

GLAAD called people to sign a Change.org petition, calling on the Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade organizers to allow GLSEN to participate, which gathered over 3,500 signatures.