OUTVETS – a group of gay veterans – have been given the go-ahead to march in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Boston.
The announcement comes following earlier moves to exclude the group from the annual celebration, which is auspiced by the Catholic Church.
The vets finally gained permission march in 2015 when the organisers of the parade faced increased pressure from sponsors and city officials to allow the group to take part. However since participating in the 2016 event officials have said OUTVETs would not be asked to return.
The announcement was met with outcry from LGBTI advocates and allies, with the Allied War Council, which runs the parade, being forced to hold an emergency meeting in which they agreed to allow OUTVETS to take part once more.
In a statement to media, OUTVETS said they were humbled by the support shown for the group.
“We look forward to marching proudly on March 19th and honouring the service and sacrifice of those brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country.”
CREDIT: Cec Busby