PRIDE Parade Organizers Ban Police From Participating, So Firefighters Pull Out

Organizers of the Madison PRIDE parade have told LGBT police groups to stay home and refunded their participation fees.

Madison, WI - The organizers of a LGBT PRIDE parade in Wisconsin banned law enforcement agency organizations from participating in the march.

Ironically, the OutReach LGBT Community Center said that armed uniformed Madison Police Department officers would still work to provide security for the parade, according to WMTV-TV.

Police employees who want to march have to do it in plain clothes, or wear a special T-shirt and not carry their weapon, according to WSAU radio.

Michael Ruiz, president of the OutReach LGBT Community Center, confirmed that the police were uninvited to participate in the Aug. 19 parade in a statement.

Our community is facing complex, unprecedented times, where power is a fleeting commodity for our most vulnerable members, especially queer and transgender persons of color, Ruiz said, according to WMTV. The OutReach Board of Directors have unanimously decided to withdraw the Pride Parade applications from the Madison Police Department (MPD) Employee Resource Group (ERG)/University of Wisconsin Police Department (UWPD) ERG, and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.

These contingents will not march in the 2018 OutReach Pride Parade and we will be refunding all monies collected from the contingents, he said.

We recognize that not everyone will be happy with this decision, Ruiz continued. It is our hope that those who are hurt by this decision use that hurt for growth and to approach that hurt with humility, rather than retaliate or create further divisions between those with institutional power and those struggling to exist.

In show of support for the police department, the Madison Fire Department group that had registered for the parade announced they would not be participating.

In light of the disappointing decision by OutReach to rescind the invitation to the Madison Police Department to participate in this years Pride Parade, the Madison Fire Department, in solidarity with our women and men in blue, must respectfully and regretfully decline to participate in this years parade, the fire department wrote in a press release posted on the citys website.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin supported the fire departments decision to not participate in the rally, according to the statement.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Good for the firefighters to stand alongside the LEOs!

JBo
JBo

Let me see if I have this right...the Outreach people decided to not reach out to certain groups? Got it! Outreach is for some...but not all.

Sailor
Sailor

Do I have this right? Police who paid to participate and march to support in this event were uninvited and had their money refunded? However, on duty law enforcement were to provide event protection and security using their "institutional powers". Not following the perverse rationale here if I am understanding this correctly.

angeleyes
angeleyes

apparently it's ok to be there to protect them, ,just not be there to support them, at least not in uniform with big, bad guns (I thought they liked a man/woman in uniform). Makes sense to me...NOT. Good for our firefighters, way to stand shoulder to shoulder with all the other first responders.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

So their diversity isn't really diversity...good job morons. And kudos to the fire fighters for standing with their brothers and sisters in blue!

Propolice
Propolice

Ha, such a perfect example of embracing diversity these idiots just made asses of themselves. Kudos to the Firefighters for supporting the Police.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Embracing diversity? Sure...what a joke. These people need to get over it.

Alvam119
Alvam119

I get it! So, the queer community who preaches inclusion, diversity and equality and so desperately wants to be relevant, chooses to EXCLUDE Police Officers but still wants the "institutional powers" to protect them. Give me a f-ing break. I only wish the "institutional powers" blue flued the parade. Great job fire Fighters!

cayman2020
cayman2020

"We embrace diversity but you can't come". What a joke....

b1rd
b1rd

To bad the Madison Fire Department didn't include this statement.

"We recognize that not everyone will be happy with this decision. It is our hope that those who are hurt by this decision use that hurt for growth and to approach that hurt with humility, rather than retaliate or create further divisions between those with institutional power and those struggling to exist.

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

I thought gay people were supposed to be smart..maybe these gays ate some molded cheese. How ignorant can you be

Danimyl
Danimyl

Why protect them at all. Give them what they want.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Well so much for love and being creditable. Welcome to the hate group of antifa and BLM. Pull out all the officers doing security!!

Pack
Pack

No reason to be participating by providing security either then. Ill never understand how people can think that way.

dont1964
dont1964

As a gay man i'm embarrassed by this. Pride is about celebrating not excluding you should be ashamed. i want to apologize for this and to let you know. Non closed minded gays love and respect the police

mauiisl
mauiisl

It is our hope that those who are hurt by this decision use that hurt for growth and to approach that hurt with humility,"

Turn that statement around and you have the reason for this parade in the first place.

The hypocrisy is stunning.

walkintall
walkintall

C'Mon.....It's MADISON for Pete's sake. I wouldn't work or live there for all the whiskey in Ireland.

61mouse
61mouse

No pun attended for the "pullout"

FRANCIN
FRANCIN

IT'S ALL ONE GREAT BIG MESS....!!!

theJacob
theJacob

I'd love to see who they would call if some sort of anti gay faction shows up and starts bashing heads.... no cops, no firefighters.... maybe the 'Vagene' crew would step in.... lol.

Oldlefty56
Oldlefty56

So let me get this straight. The purpose of the parade is to show pride in a homosexual lifestyle regardless of who you are or where you come from (or what profession youre in) EXCEPT for those in law enforcement? What a hypocritical hateful group. Why would anyone want to associate with hateful people like that?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

They said that they excluded police group from marching because they perceive the police to be racist and homophobic. I guess it comes down to whether one feels that this is a correct perception, or an incorrect perception, of police officers generally and as a class.

jericho777
jericho777

Didn't these homo groups sue the Irish parade organizers in NY to force them to allow homosexuals in their parade? More double standards I'm thinking.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Apparently the First Congregational church didn't read that part in the old/new testament regarding "gays". It also amazes me that the covenant God made with man that he would never cause a flood over the entire world using a symbol, a rainbow to seal that covenant never to food the earth. Now, the gays use that symbol as one of theirs, rainbow flags/banners and throw that in Gods face.......... Good luck with that.

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

I am going to say it,who gives a crap about their outreach? When you base everything you are, do and say on who you have sex with you are one screwed up individual. Why anyone wants to be part of this is beyond me. I am not pcand don't care if I offend these non inclusive "inclusive" people.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

If I was the mayor, is tell them to hire security guards to led them and no officers would be anywhere around their stupid and immoral parade. Just saying

LEOWIDOW
LEOWIDOW

I will not pass judgement on them but Ill let God do it. God will appropriately judge the abominations of man. My covenant with God is secure and I praise him for his forgiveness and love.

Jaikula
Jaikula

Ok, posted this on FB, but also going to post it here. Doesnt it breach the Constitutional right for a lawful citizen to bear arms. In WI is it lawful to open carry if over 18 and lawfully allowed to hold a permit. So telling someone they cant carry when the law allows them to would be breaching that. And what they going to do, ask a uniformed officer/security guard to ask someone to leave a lawful march which is also protected under the same Constitution.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

The sign in the picture for this article shows the blatant hypocricy of these people "embracing diversity among God's people" when you exclude certain categories of God's people. It is like those that say they believe in free speech as long as it conforms to their own views. "We embrace diversity except when someone wears a police uniform. Oh by the way, we still want the Madison PD to provide security for our diversity march."

Alex208
Alex208

I don't have problems with people being gay. They can't help it.. but stop parading around and shoving your lifestyle in our faces. Why can't they just exist like everyone else?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

ok,got it ...let me see if I understand,...... parade for outreach but are actually exclusionary, embracing diversity but only provided you agree with them, among God's people but ignoring what the Bible repeatedly mentions about homosexuality , exclude Police but Firefighters are ok , needing to broadcast vs. using discretion, the barometric pressure needs to be between 30.4 and no less than 29.6, temperature needs to be between 75 and 88, completely sunny to partly cloudy skies, the square root of the perpendicular bisector is 34, and when in doubt please refer to page 29 paragraph 4 of the rule book..........jeesh...... this stuff is worse than Physics.