March 17, 1991

On March 17, 1991, at the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day parade, the Irish Lesbians and Gays officially marched for the first time as a group. Mayor David N. Dinkins gave up his spot at the front of the parade to march with the Irish Lesbians and Gays, who were led by Patrick Fitzgerald and Gerald Fitzpatrick. The two lesbians co-leading the group refused to give their names when interviewed as they said their grandmothers weren’t aware that they were lesbians. Mrs. O’Flaherty, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. Donnelly, and Mrs. Smith all called up and said, “Yes, Lisa and Mary. We know you’re lesbians. We’ve known for a very long time. And even though Father Milo says what you’re doing is a sin, Sunday dinner is at 2, and we still expect you to be at one of our houses every Sunday.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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