Is Brian Mahoney that stupid? In a column written in this week’s edition of South Boston Today (or as we like to call it South Boston 1974), Mahoney – the Allied War Veterans Council Commander – actually printed in black and white, that when Boston Pride applied to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade, he had no clue that they were gay. Really? Who doesn’t know that Boston Pride -a group fighting for gay-rights for over 40 years- is a gay group? Mahoney that’s who. We have to admit, we were actually pleasantly surprised when we read on twitter that Boston Pride’s application was approved. We thought, “The Allied War Veterans are really gaying up the parade this year!” First OUTVETS -the LGBT veterans group – was approved and now the flood gates are open. We thought it was pretty progressive and were proud of them for ushering a new era of inclusion. But apparently, it was because the parade “commander” is ignorant which makes us question why someone as out of touch as Mahoney is organizing a parade that represents our neighborhood.
Anyway, instead of leaving well enough alone, Mahoney actually writes a column about how Boston Pride “snuck” into the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which for the past 22 years has excluded LGBT groups. Yes, excluded. Mahoney likes to tout that gays have always marched in the parade and have never been excluded. They just can’t march collectively with a sign that says they’re gay. Sort of the old “Don’t ask. Don’t tell” policy. OUTVETS were okay. Boston Pride was not okay because they never said in their application that they were gay. In his column, Mahoney writes, “It was innocently believed upon receiving it that they were an offshoot of ‘Boston Strong’ and so they were sent a letter of acceptance by the parade organizer.” So Mahoney, just assumed that Boston Pride was some spin off of Boston Strong? Why?
So when the local media starting calling Mahoney to get the scoop on the second gay group marching, Mahoney and his Allied War Veterans minions rushed back to their headquarters to review the Boston Pride application. There was no mention of Boston Pride being gay at all. Sort of like the Tea Party having to mention they are conservative on the application. (Maybe moving forward, the AWVC should have a box that you check, Gay or Heterosexual.) So after reviewing the application, Mahoney and company knew that if they didn’t let Boston Pride march they would be exposed for being the homophobes they apparently are and Mayor Marty Walsh, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and many other politicians wouldn’t be able t to march because the parade was not an inclusive parade. They were stuck between a rock and hard place.
So now Mahoney is setting the table for next year’s parade and making up a trumped up technicality to exclude Boston Pride. “It was shocking and unauthorized, then, when they appeared at ‘G’ (Street) and Broadway carrying 10-12 multicolored umbrellas that I would describe as rainbow even though I have been told they ‘technically’ were not rainbows. Well, how’s this – umbrellas of any sort are not allowed. We can all play word games but again we’re running a celebratory event not a protest or social movement. In any event we review tapes of the parade for improvements and violations and will take action where appropriate,” said Mahoney.
Reviewing tapes? Well, then he’ll clearly see Congressman Steve Lynch carrying a green umbrella – as stated in a Boston Herald article – “I had an umbrella, too, myself. Mine was green,” Lynch joked. We would have to imagine lots of people marching were carrying umbrellas. It was raining! But maybe it’s not just umbrellas – but gay umbrellas that are upsetting Mahoney. Or maybe it’s the fact that a second gay group marched in 2015 and Mahoney was clueless to this fact that is sticking in his craw.
So here we are once again, the Allied War Veterans led by its “commander” Brian Mahoney are setting back Southie by 20 years. Talk about a giant step backwards.
On a side note, when Mahoney is reviewing the tapes, maybe he should take a look at the pirate wenches and their obscenely low-cut dresses with their ridiculously huge boobs spilling out for my adolescent boys to see. That’s more offensive than rainbow umbrellas. Keep it classy, Allied War Veterans.