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Brendan Fay - LGBT Activist & St. Pat's For All Parade Founder

Season 2, Ep. 17

Marching towards equality.


On this week’s podcast, Michael speaks to Brendan Fay, a decades-long L G B T activist, filmmaker, public speaker and founder of the hugely popular St Pats For All Parade which takes place every year in Sunnyside and Woodside in Queens.


Brendan was born in Co Kildare and grew up in Drogheda.


He moved to New York in the 1980s – mainly because he felt it was easier for him to come out as a gay man.


However, Brendan soon found out that America too had its own problems with discrimination, which motivated him to join the movement for L G B T rights, same-sex civil marriage, AIDS awareness and human rights.


In the late 1990s, Brendan, a proud Irish man, was arrested several times for attempting to march with a gay rights group at the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade.


In response, he then decided to form his own St. Patrick’s Day parade in Queens that would be welcome to people all backgrounds and sexual orientation – hence the name St Pats For All.


The parade has become a massive event in Queens and appears to be getting bigger every year. In this year’s parade, which was held last Sunday, nearly two dozen politicians and city officials marched including Senator Chuck Schumer, and other city and state lawmakers.


In 2016, Brendan’s L G B T group -- the Lavender and Green Alliance became the first L G B T group to march in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Fifth Avenue parade.


I spoke to Brendan after the St Pats for All Parade Sunday and he looks back on his life, his struggles coming out and how he established the parade. It’s a truly inspirational interview. It was the first time Brendan wasn’t involved in organizing the event having stepped down as co-chair.


Brendan’s website is brendanfay.net where you can find out more about Brendan’s journey, his work and his documentary films.


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All of our previous podcasts on www.TheLongHalPodcast.com where we publish a host of Irish American news and sports stories – including a detailed report on last Sunday's St Pats For all Parade which is packed with photos and videos. 

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