Bi Folk Marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston
Bisexual Army Veteran Cliff Arnesen
shared this intriguing photograph of the early days of marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston.
Arneson, like many of the activists in the photo who are now gone, worked to get the LGBT groups accepted in the Boston parade. This year, they will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the G&L Irish Group of Boston and their fight for inclusion in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston.
March 15, 1992: Under a court order issued by Federal Judge, Harry Zobel to the Gay, Lesbian, Irish Bisexual organization (GLIB), 25 members marched a five mile route under heavy police protection, through an anti-gay, hate filled crowd of a more than a half million people in Boston’s infamous St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The date was also “Evacuation Day,” when the British were driven out of Boston by Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army.
In the photo from left to right are the late, Michael Corrigan; Bisexual U.S. Army Veteran. Cliff Arnesen, President, New England GLBT Veterans, Inc., Boston, MA; Barbara Kay, Co-Chair, Gay, Lesbian, Irish Bisexual Organization, (GLIB); Ren Jender, and the late Brian Callahan.