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WAUSAU (WAOW) -
More questions than answers are
surfacing about a gay pride parade in Wausau. That parade is
scheduled for later this month, but right now, little information is
known about the organizer. That's leaving some wondering if the event
Now, members of the gay community want
to distance themselves from the event and make one of their own.
Both, would end at the 400 block in downtown Wasuau.
If you walk around downtown, you're
bound to notice pink flyers. They advertise the city's first gay
pride parade, and popped up during the last few months.
Daxx Bouvier is listed as an organizer.
His name is also on applications for the event at city hall, but city
leaders say he's not the one who filled out the forms. So the
question is, who is behind it?
"We've tried to contact Daxx
Bouvier, who is the organizer of this parade, he would not get in
contact with us," said Shannon Thomas of Wasuau.
Thomas is a member of the gay
community. She says people within her organization have tried to
contact Bouvier with no success. Newsline 9 hasn't been able to reach
After repeated attempts, Thomas says
she wanted to distance herself from the parade, and make an event of
"I wanted to make sure that no
matter what happens with this pride parade, that's scheduled for next
weekend, there was an accurate representation of the LGBTQ community
in Wausau," said Thomas.
We did speak with someone who claims to
know Bouvier, but he wouldn't give us his name. That man claims
Bouvier lives in California.
So, will the event even happen?
Wausau officials say organizers of the
parade still owe money to the city and proper insurance has not been
"At that point, I knew there had
to be some sort of established event, that had a positive
representation of the LGBTQ community," said Thomas.
The March for Equality organized by
Thomas will follow the same path as the gay pride parade. It will
start at Marathon Park, make its way down Stewart Avenue, to the 400
block in downtown Wausau.
Thomas says she's excited to march in
her own event, regardless if the other event goes on as scheduled.
"I hope the message is that all
people in our community are equal, and should be treated equal,"
Newsline 9 will continue to try to
contact the organizer.
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