Leader of LGBTQ veterans group to oversee Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

FILE - In this March 20, 2016 file photo, members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. The group said Wednesday, March 8, 2017, it was denied permission to march in the 2017 Boston St. Patrick's Day parade just two years after organizers made the ground-breaking decision to allow gay groups to participate for the first time. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Members of OutVets marched in the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston. –AP Photo/Steven Senne, File

BOSTON (AP) — The leader of an LGBTQ veterans group has been hired to oversee the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade, which has been embroiled in controversy over whether to allow gay groups to participate.

The parade’s organizer, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, announced Thursday it has appointed Bryan Bishop as director of parade operations. The Air Force veteran is chief executive officer and a founder of OutVets, an LGBTQ veterans group.

The veterans council commander, Dave Falvey, cites Bishop’s advocacy for veterans and his experience planning large events. Falvey tells The Boston Globe the hiring demonstrates the council has “moved forward.”

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The council voted last year to bar OutVets from the parade because of its rainbow flag but reversed the decision amid criticism by politicians and sponsors.

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