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org NYC Pride Week: June 21 June 29, 2014 For Immediate Release CATHOLIC LEAGUE TO REGISTER FOR 2014 PRIDE MARCH
New York, March 20, 2014Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) formally addressed speculations regarding the participation of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the 2014 NYC LGBT Pride March and the groups intent to carry a Straight is Great banner. In response to email communications from Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, NYC Pride representatives provided instructions for the Marchs online registration system. Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March. His groups presence affirms the need for this years Pride theme, We Have Won When Were One. Straight is great as long as theres no hate, said David Studinski, March Director of NYC Pride. Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride, added, Straight allies are great. We have thousands of straight people participating in the Pride March, including Catholic groups, who support LGBT youth, families and married couples. GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project provided background information on Bill Donohue's recent statements on LGBT people. On February 27, 2014, Donohue gave a video interview with World Over with Raymond Arroyo in which he stated, "If I wanted to get into their gay pride parade with my own float with big banners saying 'straight is great,' they would have a right to feel put-upon and I wouldn't do that to them." Video footage is at 12 minutes and 30 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoATmGJG3DA Mr. Donohue has been an outspoken opponent of legal recognition of LGBT people, loving LGBT families, the science of sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS education. He continually refers to marriage equality as "crazy" and "one of the most bizarre ideas in human history," and he has equated the marriage equality movement with the "minority of people in South Africa who took away the rights of Black people;" insists were not going to allow gay people to adopt children, thats against nature, its against natures God; champions a program called Courage, which tells LGBT people that a chaste, celibate life is the only acceptable option; and on multiple occasions, Mr. Donohue has referred to AIDS as "self-inflicted" and due to going against natural order. For more information visit: http://www.glaad.org/cap/bill-donohue Registration for the 2014 NYC LGBT Pride March is currently open. All groups and organizations that love and support the LGBT community are encouraged to join. Visit nycpride.org/events/the-march to register! # # #

Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBT Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community. For more information regarding NYC Pride and our 2014 roster of events, please visit www.nycpride.org. Heritage of Pride, Inc. is the official Organizer & Producer of New York Citys annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Rally, March, PrideFest & Dance