Many Concerned Over Gay Pride Parade

Earlier this week many in Wausau were surprised when Alderman David Nutting spoke out against the city's upcoming Gay Pride Parade.
Nutting urged people to stay at home during the parade and went as far as to describe the parade as "deviant behavior."

While local gay activists strongly disagree with Nutting's comments, many of them also have concerns about the Gay Pride Parade.
They're worried about how the parade will represent the area's gay community.

The parade is set to go from Marathon Park to the 400 Block in downtown Wausau.
The parade concerns some local gay residents because of the person organizing the event.
They say the man who is in charge of the parade, Daxx Bouvier, is from California and hasn't made any efforts to work with the local gay community. So far, Bouvier has declined their requests to meet with them.
Many are also concerned that his parade may not portray Northcentral Wisconsin gays and lesbians in the best light.

"He has no credibility. He has never, to anyone's knowledge, thrown a pride event before. If you do any research on the internet there is nothing about him. Nobody knows what is going on, and I am very worried that next Saturday is going to be a misrepresentation of our community." says local gay equality activist Shannon Thomas.

That's why Shannon Thomas is organizing a separate gay equality march which will also take place next Saturday.
She hopes it will be a better representation of how local gay and lesbian residents want to be portrayed.
So far she expects at least 55 people to attend.

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