After Miss Staten Island Madison L’Insalata exclusively came out to The Post as bisexual on Saturday, parade organizer Larry Cummings banned her and her fellow beauty queens — citing safety concerns, according to a pageant organizer.
The Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day parade has an ugly history of banning a gay group from marching, and now its organizers showed their true colors by banning L’Insalata from marching in her planned rainbow outfit of defiance and igniting colorful conversation about acceptance.
Cummings has been dogged by fierce criticism over his exclusion of the Pride Center of Staten Island from marching under their own banner, leading to a parade of public figures and pols bowing out of the parade altogether.
But Jim Smith, the longtime executive director of Miss Staten Island Scholarship pageants, told The Post on Saturday that Cummings called him around 10 p.m. to issue the ban on L’Insalata, 23, and Miss Richmond County’s Outstanding Teen, Victoria Montouri, 17.
Miss Staten Island’s Outstanding Teen, Angelica Mroczek, and Miss Richmond County, Gabrielle Ryan, already decided to boycott the parade outright because of the gay ban.
“None of them can march,” Smith said bitterly of the late-night call he got from Cummings, who said he feebly tried to appeal to Cummings. “He was not to be bargained with – you can’t talk to him.”
Cummings cited L’Insalata’s coming out and that she can’t march “for safety reasons,” according to Smith, who added that he doesn’t buy the excuse.
“What can happen to her? I don’t think anyone can harm her. I’m very disappointed, though I’m not surprised. I know they’re very strong in their beliefs.”
Cummings didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
L’Insalata told The Post she’s shocked by the decision.
“This is definitely a curveball. I was really looking forward to being there and having a discussion and now there won’t be. It’s sad this had to happen. I thought I was doing something good,” she said dejectedly, adding, “You want to be part of the change.”
Still, she concedes there can be some “rowdy people” who can make waves at the family-friendly event. “People can be heated.”
“It’s frustrating — I wanted to be in the parade and it’s unfortunately we can’t have a disagreement and still be in the same place. They’re removing all discussion by not allowing me to be there.”
L’Insalata will instead attend the alternative “Rainbow Run” — and still get to make her multicolor statement — at the simultaneous event in honor of the Pride Center in lieu of the parade.
Still, she doesn’t regret coming out. “I said what I have to say — I still think that my message got across and that’s most important.”
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