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Letter To Editor Underscores Problems For OutReach Over Anti-Police Decision

August 15, 2018

This letter in today’s Wisconsin State Journal sums up the moods and tone of many conversations I have heard over the past several days regarding Outreach not allowing any law enforcement from marching in the upcoming Gay Pride Parade.

The decision by Outreach to disinvite police officers from marching in Madison’s Pride Parade is a textbook example of the arrogance, hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of those who proclaim their devotion to “inclusivity” while banning anyone they deem unworthy. 

I’m old enough to remember when a police officer could be fired on the spot if it were discovered he was gay. The claim by Outreach that police participation would make some in the gay community feel “unsafe” is beyond ludicrous. Presumably the officers who choose to march in the parade are either gay or gay-friendly. How exactly are they a threat?

It was noted that armed, uniformed police officers are to be stationed along the parade route for security and crowd control. Why not remove them as well and see how safe the whiners of Outreach feel then?

Gary L. Kriewald, Madison

  1. October 18, 2018 12:41 AM

    I much concur with you about the matter of OutReach. My partner and I had the option of attending this year’s banquet and we chose not to go. OutReach will need to do much fence mending–right in the gay community–before that organization has any credibility. They allowed the most over-the-cliff half-baked types to take over OutReach and now pretend that all is fine and dandy. It is not. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Ellie permalink
    October 17, 2018 3:20 PM

    As OutReach has their annual banquet we need to be reminded they were most hurtful to Madison and Dane County law enforcement this summer. Shameful how they turned on the ones who have done so much to be helpful in our local communities.

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