Minnesota Halloween Parade Sends Queer Youth Away With No Candy

One good deed doesn’t always get you another: Justin’s Gift, an LGBT youth group formed after the 2010 suicide of Justin Aaberg in Anoka, Minnesota, was told it couldn’t walk in the town’s annual Halloween parade.

Minneapolis’ City Pages reports parade organizers told the kids “there were too many people already walking in the parade.”

That’s a new spin on “no room at the inn.” Granted, groups miss deadlines and parades get overcrowded, but given the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s abysmal record in reaching out to LGBT youth, and the rash of suicides that plagued the region in recent years, you’d think they’d be smarter than this. Even if only to avoid the horrible PR.

A petition is calling on organizers of the march to reconsider their decision.

h/t: Truth Wins Out