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
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
"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
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
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.