There's an ever-growing rift within the D.C.’s queer and trans community over who can -- and cannot -- have gay pride. For those of you not inside the gay Beltway, here's a hint: if you are a cop, you definitely can't have it. The fight began when part of the queer and trans community got sick and tired of going to gay pride events and having to look at cops and corporate sponsors.
"Capital Pride has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating the interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in supporting the very communities it supposedly represents," according to #NoJusticeNoPride. "Because of the current political climate and in response to years of being dismissed and ignored by Capital Pride, members of Washington, DC’s queer and trans community took direct action on Saturday, June 10, blocking the Capital Pride parade." The #NoJusticeNoPride folks didn't want to have to see uniforms there, or evil capitalists who "profit from pipelines and war." Why? If you don't know the answer, then you're obviously transphobic and should be shunned. But we'll let it go this time and explain it.
“We deserve to celebrate Pride without being forced alongside the Police who kill us,” says Angela Peoples (what, you haven't read about the epidemic of cop-on-gay murders? You just aren't reading the right propaganda). Instead of being happy that they'd secured corporate sponsors to put on the parade, the #NoJusticeNoPride folks don't want anything to do with their dirty money.
“Capital Pride’s list of sponsors reads like a who’s who of Native genocide: FBI, NSA, CIA, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Federal Bureau of Prisons,” explained Jen Deerinwater. This is what the blockade looked like:
You'd be forgiven if you thought that these trans and gay activists would welcome a chance to make the police more sensitive to their concerns. However, that is -- apparently -- not a thing. Now, instead of talking to people with whom you believe you have a problem, the cool thing is to simply exclude them like a kid on an elementary school playground.
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