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Who is behind the gay pride parade in Wausau?

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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 is real.

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 him either.

After repeated attempts, Thomas says she wanted to distance herself from the parade, and make an event of her own.

"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 provided.

"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," said Thomas.

Newsline 9 will continue to try to contact the organizer.

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