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Council declares Boy George Tribute Day

Wednesday, September 20, 2000

By Timothy McNulty, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

In one of the less meaningful moves in Pittsburgh city government history, City Council yesterday declared Sunday, Oct. 1, "Boy George Tribute Day."

Read the text of the resolution


Boy George, a cross-dressing 1980s pop music star for the group Culture Club, will be given a formal copy of the resolution, embossed with the city seal, at a concert that night at Metropol.

City Resolution 901, sponsored by city Councilman Jim Ferlo, names Boy George an "honorary Pittsburgher." It does not give Boy George special duties, such as the power to make citizen's arrests, nor does it give him the key to the city, as that can only be granted by Mayor Murphy.

Murphy has no plans to give Boy George the key, a mayoral spokesman said.

The resolution was unanimously approved, without comment, shortly after council passed resolutions honoring a Russian government contingent and the Pennsylvania/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center.

Ferlo said he sponsored the legislation to celebrate the anti-drug message of Boy George, a former heroin addict, and to please Boy George's fans.

"He has a message of personal control and responsibility," Ferlo said after the meeting, "and he has quite a following around the world."

Ferlo, 49, also sang the opening bars of "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" a Culture Club hit.

The councilman said he has no plans to declare official days for Kajagoogoo or Flock of Seagulls, other once-popular '80s bands.

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