31 August 2005

Parade to be Happy but not Gay

Diversity Dayton, a group for people “interested in actively promoting the civil rights of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community through advocacy and publicity,” has been denied a request to march in the Kettering “Holiday at Home” Labor Day Parade.

The foundation that sponsors the parade did some investigating into Diversity Dayton and found that it had begun as a local extension of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization “working for lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual equal rights.” The foundation president said that an organization working for “human rights” in the broadest sense might have been fine, but the fact that Diversity Dayton represented just one area, and that area happens to be a “hot-button” issue, was reason for denial.

He explained that a Diversity Dayton sign would be as much of a hot button to some as a “Right to Life” sign would be to others.

Diversity Dayton understands that it is legal for them to be excluded from the parade and is discussing other plans.

In terms of a civil rights issues, would this situation be different if a group of women wanted to march in a 1900 parade for suffrage? Or a black group marching in 1950 for civil rights? If so, how?

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