Controversy over Grand Marshal at pride parade

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) A group of local LBGT law enforcement officers are participating in this year's annual pride parade. However, not everyone is happy with the plan.

For 27 years the local LGBT community and supporters have celebrated the region's largest pride parade.  Over 25,000 people stand together to show unity and support.  But this year there are some who say the choice for Grand Marshal goes beyond unity and support into being offensive.

Philadelphia's annual LGBT Pride parade is scheduled for next month. The parade originally grew out of recognition of the stonewall riots against police violence so some were surprised to learn that an organization of LGBT police had been asked to be parade Grand Marshals.

The Greater Philadelphia Gay Officer Action League or GOAL represents law enforcement officers from throughout our area.  Their president, a transgender, 14-year veteran police officer told Fox 29 it's an honor and a positive step for them to be Involved. He also told FOX 29 that uniform or not, the officers have many of the same challenges and stand along with the LGBT community.

But as a petition opposing the officers involvement now has nearly 300 signatures, the opposition believes standing with officers is one thing, honoring them is another.

The parade is planned for June 12th.

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