Irish PM marched at St. Patrick’s Day parade with boyfriend

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Irish leader Leo Varadkar has marched with his partner Matt in New York St Patrick’s Day Parade that lifted a ban on LGBT goers recently. Due to the strong influence of conservative Catholic groups, the parade had maintained a decades-long ban on LGBT goers, they won a right to march only two years ago. Mr Varadkar held hands with his partner Matt Barrett, a doctor who currently lives in the US, as they walked together in the parade and said it was a privilege. “Ireland has embraced diversity and inclusiveness, and Irish Americans in New York have embraced that too,” he said. The leader also paid a visit to the Stonewall Inn – the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement ahead of the march. He wrote: “My first visit to the Stonewall monument. Really proud to be here #StPatricksDay”.Ahead of the parade, Mr Varadkar told media: “On a personal level it’s a real privilege to be here in New York, in a city that is so close to Ireland in so many different ways. I had a chance to meet the Mayor [Bill de Blasio] earlier and attend Mass, and I’m going to be able to march in the parade now with my partner which is something that is a sign, I think, of change, a sign of great diversity, not just in Ireland, but in the community here as well.”

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