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Gay group will march in NYC St. Patrick's Day parade under its own banner for the first time. (Source: NY1/CNN) Gay group will march in NYC St. Patrick's Day parade under its own banner for the first time. (Source: NY1/CNN)
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NEW YORK (NY1/CNN) – New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade organizers say an openly gay group will be allowed to march under its own banner for the first time in 2015.

The parade have become a point of controversy in recent years when LGBP groups were prohibited from participating.

"It's about time - I mean it's the 21st Century," Emmania Gelman of the Irish Queers.

In the past, gay groups were allowed to participate anonymously without banners identifying them. However, in March, an LGBT support group for employees at NBC Universal will be allowed to take part under its own banner.

Organizers say they made the change to keep the parade above politics and as a goodwill gesture to the LGBT community.

“It's supposed to be a celebration of the Irish community and a large portion of the Irish community is still banded from it," Gelman said.

LGBT groups like Irish Queers have been fighting for inclusion at the parade for more than 20 years. They say this is only a small victory because other LGBT groups will have to wait until the 2016 parade to apply to March.

They point out NBC is a sponsor of the parade and they change comes after the parade starting losing sponsors, such as Guinness, this year.

“The parade organizers have shown over and over again they don't care about the community that they're holding this parade and trust for," Gelman said.

Many New Yorkers say all gay organizations should be allowed to march.

“"Everybody should be able to stand up for what they want stand out and march and enjoy their freedom,” Gelman said.”Gay people are accepted everywhere now it's different."

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