“I will not tolerate discrimination in our city of any form,” Walsh said in a statement. “We are one Boston, which means we are a fully inclusive city. I will not be marching in the parade unless this is resolved. Anyone who values what our city stands for should do the same.”
“It’s a veterans parade,” he said. “Veterans’ groups should be allowed to march in the parade. If veterans’ groups aren’t allowed to march in that parade, I will probably do something else. I won’t march.”
The veterans’ group, OUTVETS, said in a Facebook post Tuesday they were denied a spot in the South Boston parade on March 19. The group has marched in the parade for the last two years.
“While the reason for our denial is unclear, one can only assume it’s because we are LGBTQ,” OUTVETS said.