Wausau’s first reported gay Pride parade was cancelled, but an alternative event drew about 300 LGBT people and supporters downtown for yesterday’s March for Equality
Daily Herald Media described the event as festive and said it was almost “anti-climactic after plans for a different gay Pride march were canceled.”
The first announced event was cancelled because its organizer said participants were worried about their safety after ugly comments in the media and by a City Council member.
Daxx Bouvier, the man who claimed to have organized that event, told Daily Herald Media that “canceling the parade has set Wausau back 30 years in the way people think about the gay community.”
But Shannon Thomas of Wausau, who organized the March for Equality, said the peaceful event demonstrated the support the Wausau area really has for the LGBT community.
City Council member Dave Nutting said at meeting earlier this month that people should boycott Bouvier’s parade or, if they went, turn their backs on “deviant-behaving individuals.”
City officials said Friday that they were concerned because Bouvier had not provided proof of insurance, and they told WAOW-TV that he still owed the city money. Bouvier told the newspaper that he had insurance but hadn’t given the city a copy of the policy because he didn’t want to have it rewritten if they thought he needed a bigger one.
WiG has been unable to contact Bouvier. A blog profile for a “Daxx Bouvier” stated, “Daxx Bouvier resides in Beverly Hills, CA and Granite Peak, WI born in June (year unknown) adopted at the young age of 4, world traveler and philanthropist, best known for his lavish parties and support of animal rights with a net worth estimated at $60 million dollars working on his memoirs and creating his own fragrance as well. No occupation history.”
Bouvier's parade was advertised on Craigslist. The notice referred to Daxx Bouvier Productions as the promoter and provided the names and contact information for two men.
But those men said they have nothing to do with a parade. One of the men, in a phone interview with WiG, said Bouvier listed him as a contact to “mess with my relationship with my fiancé."
He also said Bouvier’s claims of having great wealth are outrageous.