On the Exclusion of the Pride Center

Argue with dignity. The children are watching.

I am saddened to see the hate and homophobia being spewed in the Facebook comments relating to the Pride Center of Staten Island’s application to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Saddened, as well, are the thousands of gay men and women who grew up on the Island and those who live here now. Our friends and neighbors are attacking one another in an open, public forum — even on the Facebook pages of local politicians — and frankly, it’s heartbreaking. Thank you to the elected officials who have stood up and voiced their support or decided not to participate in the parade. As long as this exclusion persists, your leadership is necessary and critical.

Writer/Director based in NYC. Politics + Pandemic + Personal. Outspoken so I can help make sense of this modern world. www.juliovincent.com