Organizer cancels gay pride parade in Wausau

Councilman calls participants 'deviant-behaving individuals'

Published On: Jun 21 2013 11:47:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 11:48:07 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. -

The organizer of what would have been Wausau's first gay pride parade has cancelled it, saying he has experienced a wave of ugliness in the community.

Daxx Bouvier told Daily Herald Media that he cancelled Saturday's parade after negative comments from a City Council member and in articles in local media.

Bouvier said people who had planned to be in the parade told him they were concerned about their safety.

City Council member Dave Nutting said at meeting earlier this month that people should boycott the parade or, if they went, turn their backs on "deviant-behaving individuals."

Bouvier lives in California but owns a home in Wausau. He said he has no further plans to organize gay pride events in the city.