Wisconsin pride parade canceled after council member goes on anti-gay rant

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Council member Nutting expressed concern about gays performing sex acts in public.
Wausau's first gay pride parade, scheduled for tomorrow, has been canceled because of concerns about anti-gay sentiment in the community.

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The decision to cancel comes just over a week after Wausau City Council member David Nutting went on an anti-gay rant during a council meeting.

Nutting expressed concern participants would engage in sex acts in public. He urged residents to "stay away from the parade or if you do go, stand with your back to the parade of deviant-behaving individuals."

"People can practice their passions as they want in the privacy of their own homes," Nutting said. "They do not, I believe, have a right to practice indecent behavior in front of the citizens of Wausau."

The organizer of the pride parade, Daxx Bouvier, told the Wausau Daily Herald he decided to pull the plug on the event after some people who planned to participate expressed concern about their safety.

"I do feel a great sense of loss for the [LGBT] community," he said. "Canceling the parade has set Wausau back 30 years in the way people think about the gay community."

The Herald reports that "a similar but unrelated event" called the March for Equality is still planned for tomorrow afternoon.

To read a full transcript of Nutting's rant, click to page two.


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Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

I'm just sick and tired of 'these' people.   I don't give a f*ck about their pride, or anyone elses pride.  Keep it to yourself.   Get on with your life.

letlove
letlove

C O O L .......

G O O D  J O B ......., David.......

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

He seems to really like that Microphone.


grantkjohnson
grantkjohnson

Poor, incomplete reporting.  This is another instance of believing and repeating something one reads on the internet as true.  Shame on you for lazy, "the sky is falling" reporting.  Daxx Bouvier, the event "organizer" does not live in Wisconsin.  He owns a home in Wausau but lives in California.  He is not know in the community of Wausau or a local LGBT community organizer.  As he knows, events like this require insurance.  Wausau officials said last week that Bouvier had not provided proof of insurance for the parade. At the same time Bouvier was not responding to requests for comment from local media.  This made him a person of questionable veracity with members of the local LGBT community. No one wanted to commit to participating in an event that might never materialize. In response Shannon Thomas of Wausau, owner of event planning business One Girl Creative, created an alternative event: The March for Equality, a walk from Marathon Park to The 400 Block, which will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, 6/22.  More than 300 people have committed to participating in the event.  So a March for LGBT rights IS happening in Wausau.  Just not Daxx Bouvier's. Council Member Nutting is NOT the reason Bouvier's event was cancelled.  It is because of Bouvier's inability to make it happen.

p.lindberg
p.lindberg

wow...maybe this guy is related to the Concordia college "sin is sin" girl...

Luke Weimerskirch
Luke Weimerskirch

I read that the parade was not organized with local LGBT groups and people. The other march being held was the LGBT communities event that was planned at the same time because the guy from Cal wouldn't get back in touch with folks who were trying to participate in the planning. The city council guy is a nut. Hopefully people that were planning on marching will still march with the March for Equality group.

Eva Chavarria Hunter
Eva Chavarria Hunter

BS, who made you king monitor of this thread? It's relevant because my sons were born in WI and lived there long enough to know WI is becoming what you are and it needn't go that way from what you can tell by reading more. You child, dumbass, etc, are words of illiterates and immature people limited to using when they haven't successfully completed or invested in their own education. BS, go back to school.

Sara Harrison
Sara Harrison

I would move from this place, if I were living there, and relocate to Minneapolis. They don't apparently need the tax dollars of those citizens who are gay and who pay the salaries of these bigoted officials.

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

omg! ignorant! I still don't understand why it was cancelled.

ilovesaintpaul
ilovesaintpaul

Ahh - Newsflash - you guys lost the culture war. Exodus said it themselves yesterday. Besides, we welcome all the "deviants" to St. Paul and Minneapolis with open arms. They can help drive OUR economy you silly cheeseheads.


Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

some people post, and then delete thier posts???

Ben Schwelling
Ben Schwelling

@eva if your going to randomly bring politics into this, you may want to consider not using an article from a far left publisher to bash the right. Thatd be like a Republican referencing a fox news article to talk shit sbout obama. You tool. You child. Dont be a dumbass

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

Has this goof ever seen a gay person?

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

... yes, you are probably right, Benjamin, what do I know about the fight for equality. Its just a ploy to get all of us to start "smoking pole", right?

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

@ Benjamin. You can have your straight pride anytime you want to when it is illegal for straights to marry, be fired for being straight and can't adopt. Dude seriously grow up.

chris.jonus
chris.jonus

so its OK to start quoting scripture in a city councel meeting?  seperation ever come to mind?  loser cheeseheads.  seems Mr. Nutting is delusional about how far people will go.  SEx acts on the parade route, seriously?  get a clue Mr. Nutting, homophobe closeted cocksucker you are.

Heather Dunaway
Heather Dunaway

Umm, I think you need some more info. Yes, Nutting is a bigoted POS, but their was some sort of problem with permits and such. The local LGBT community is organizing their own parade. At least that's the word around Wausau.

Heidi M. Garrido
Heidi M. Garrido

As a Wisconsonite, this is embarrassing. Someday my state will shape the eff up.

debpias
debpias

Gotta love people who hide behind religion to push their own bigoted agendas...

Just kidding - they suck.

Oh, and I'm saying that as a Christian.

P.S. Way to keep church and state separate - stay awesome.

Daniel Maurer
Daniel Maurer

Ahh - Newsflash - you guys lost the culture war. Exodus said it themselves yesterday. Besides, we welcome all the "deviants" to St. Paul and Minneapolis with open arms. They can help drive OUR economy you silly cheeseheads.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Imagine if MLK Jr. cancelled every event he didn't think would be safe... come on, stand up and fight.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

David Nutting arrested for soliciting sex in a public men's room in 3.. 2..

grantkjohnson
grantkjohnson

@Luke Weimerskirch   You have the correct story.  City Pages just went with one guys's press release, not the real story at all.


HerbDickersonISBig
HerbDickersonISBig

@Marc Spencer yup, welcome to 2013 where we use the interweb in ways you never dreamed possible

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