The issue of the St. Patrick's Parade is that they won't allow gay groups to march. The organizers contend that the parade is strictly in celebration of Irish culture. Gays are most welcome to march just not in a banner carrying LGBT group.
Depends on the 'you' you're talking about. You, yourself can take it and do with it as you please, didn't Amazon just do that for its new phone. Trying to maintain some level of continuity among the OHA manufacturers is good for the consumer. Any learning curve is greatly minimized.