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Could Boston Pride maybe have chosen somebody other than a convicted sex offender as chief fundraiser?

Lissa Harris ponders Bill Berggren, who is not only the group's fundraising committee chair, but coordinator for the Pride Idol talent contest this year. He says he isn't hiding his past and is only involved in 18+ events. She writes:

... Interviews with former and current Pride volunteers made it clear that the organization doesn't consider Berggren's sex-offender status an issue. The consensus is that he's up-front about his history, he's served his time and he doesn't need reminding to stay away from the under-18 crowd.

That said: If Boston Pride thinks his position doesn't reflect badly on Pride, on Boston and on the gay community at large, they're in serious denial.

Pride Week starts next week.

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chops just to get a stronghold in our society, and have had to fight for their human rights, haven't they had enough troubles without having a convicted sex offender as their fundraiser?

They're within their right to do what they want, but it seems that, in this case, they're slitting their own throats in the process.

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Thanks for your straight opinion, Miki.

You are aware that Boston Pride doesn't automagically encompass all the queer folks in the city, right?

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they lose a lot of credibility as an orginiation if they let a diddler hold a postion of authority

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Like the credibility lost by posting as "Anon"? I know I'm not using my real name here, but at least I'm consistently trackable.

That said, I'm not saying having this guy in charge of anything at Pride is in any way a good idea, but independentminded's post made it sound like she thinks all queers (for want of a better term short of a very long acronym) are part of Pride and therefore support this guy, and that's not so.

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Are you being snarky or serious?

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Both, of course.

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