Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee: Reverse decision to ban GLSEN from marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade
GLSEN Greater Cincinnati's visible participation makes a difference in the lives of young people. The ban sends a devastating message to LGBT youth in Cincinnati that they are not welcome. I am a co-chair of GLSEN's Greater Cinncinnati chapter and marching in the parade last year was a personal highlight as well as a highlight for the many LGBT youth and their straight allies that marched with them.
We hope to be able to march again this year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Cincinnati, and safer schools for all!
The ban sends a devastating message to LGBT youth in Cincinnati that they are not welcome. We know from GLSEN's National School Climate Survey that 4 out of 5 LGBT students experience bullying and harassment in school which is why efforts to create safer schools for all is so important.
The Greater Cincinnati chapter of GLSEN marched in the parade last year and I hope that you'll allow them to do the same this year.