In December 2014, it was reported that the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council decided by a 5-4 vote to include the LGBT veterans group, OutVets, to march in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15, 2015, making history. Once I heard about this, I intended to march, was glad to be able take part in a historic event.
When I showed up on March 15th, there were many familiar faces, including Governor Charlie Baker, Liuetanant Goveror Karyn Polito, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Services Francisco Urena, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Representative Nick Collins, Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Mayor Marty Walsh, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Boston City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Michael Flaherty, and Stephen Murphy. (I had found out just days before that both Governor Baker and Liuentant Governor Politio had added their name to the Mehlman Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage.)
It had been annouced just days before that newly elected Congressman Seth Moulton, was to march with the OUTVETS in the parade. I had the pleasure of meeting him on September 8th, 2014, at the Unity Breakfast at the Omni Parker House, following the Primary Elections that past year, long before the parade, and had not seen each other since.
Despite the downpour that immediately followed, it was an incredible and wonderful experience to be there in Southie, part of something historic in the city I was born, and to march with Senator Ed Markey.