Bill Donohue Learns all about the Gods of Reverse Psychologies.
Bill Donohue thought he had the GLBTI community in a catch 22: Show how non-inclusive they are by having New York’s gay pride community deny him the right to march in a gay pride parade trumpeting a pro-heterosexuality message.
Except- it backfired - in what can only be described as a beautiful irony. It not only proved the GLBTI populace is quite inclusive, it highlighted how exclusive and discriminatory the anti-gay community is. All you have to do is look to the Southie St. Patrick’s day parade, which has for years refused to allow gay people to march openly.
If Bill had any brains, he would have seen the existential and ironic weakness in his tactic. Safe to assume, he was not using his.
In response to email communications from Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, NYC Pride representatives provided instructions for the March’s online registration system.
“Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March. His group’s presence affirms the need for this year’s Pride theme, ‘We Have Won When We’re One.’ Straight is great - as long as there’s no hate,” said David Studinski, March Director of NYC Pride.
Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride, added, “Straight allies are great. We have thousands of straight people participating in the Pride March, including Catholic groups, who support LGBT youth, families and married couples.”
GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project provided background information on Bill Donohue’s recent statements on LGBT people. On February 27, 2014, Donohue gave a video interview with World Over with Raymond Arroyo in which he stated, “If I wanted to get into their gay pride parade with my own float with big banners saying ‘straight is great,’ they would have a right to feel put-upon and I wouldn’t do that to them.”