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Wausau gay pride parade canceled


A controversial gay pride parade in Wausau has been canceled. This comes after more questions than answers surfaced about the organizer and his plans.

Members of the gay community are still looking for answers.

"I don't know that anybody has met him, and I don't know that anyone exactly knows who he is," said Shannon Thomas of Wausau.

She's talking about Daxx Bouvier, the man whose name is on posters in Wausau that advertise the event.

Until now, Newsline 9 has never heard back from him.

Just this week, a letter to the Wausau city clerk signed by Bouvier said the event was canceled. Finally, we got the man claiming to be Bouvier on the phone. Newsline 9 asked why he called off the event.

"We just thought about the safety of people participating in the parade of their safety and best interest," he said.

A man wanting to be identified as David Blake talked with Newsline 9 last week. He's one of three people who signed the letter canceling the parade. We took his picture to a downtown business owner, where she identified him as Daxx Bouvier.

The owner said that was the name he went by when he came to her store asking to hang up a poster for the event. With all the uncertainty, we had to ask who this man really was. The man claiming to be Bouvier denied being David Gorski or David Blake.

The parade caused so much controversy that members of the gay community wanted to separate themselves. So another event was created, a March for Equality, scheduled for this Saturday.

"My reaction at first was very anxious, because I didn't want people to think that the March for Equality was canceled because the parade was canceled," said Thomas.

Regardless of how the original event started, or who started it, members of the gay community hope to turn the focus back to what they say matters most and continue their march for equality.

Wausau leaders say the organizers of the original gay pride parade still owed money to the city and hadn't provided the proper insurance, which would have canceled the event anyway.

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