In two weeks, the Philly Pride Parade will march down Market Street celebrating the gay community. In 2012, a LGBT police group was picked to be honored as the leader of the parade, but was then forced to decrease.
Committee members for the Philly Pride Parade selected the Greater Philadelphia Gay Officer Action League, known as GOAL, to be grand marshal this year. At first, the recently formed group accepted the honor, but then 300 individuals signed a petition prompting them to decrease.
Jo Mason is President of GOAL and states the yearly celebration first occurred as a reaction to police violence and mistreatment of individuals in the gay community mahanyertl.
They felt that to honor the authorities would be disingenuous to initial creators, Mason said.
He states GOAL will work to gain the honor.
In the hopes that one day, they will see that we are committed to exactly what is in our mission statement, which is to be the voice inside the local law enforcement neighborhood.
A representative for Philly Pride states he understands why GOAL declined, and hopes the will continue building relationships in the gay neighborhood.