As celebrations came to a close, City Hall lit up for Pride. A group of hundreds behind a banner reading “Justice for Philando #NoJusticeNoPride” took the lead of the parade, a few blocks ahead of the police vehicle that was supposed to lead the official parade.
Rather than cheers for a publicity stunt seeking, nine points down in popularity polls Trudeau, a chill should have run down the backs of each and every LGBT person who marched or was in attendance at yesterday’s parade. But they will continue after Pride ends. Another chant echoed the queer-led movement that took on the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, “White silence = violence!” His attendance at the parade is significant, too.
Every few blocks, including at the main grandstand, the group would stop.
Once the corporate-sponsored floats started coming, the mood switched over to non-stop party, as freebies were tossed, club classics blasted, and the sexiness-level soared.
In New York, police said 12 people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
“If you truly honor the history of Pride as well as the crisis we’re in, then you will recognize the need for disruption to bring attention to issues of marginalized people”, she said.
“As a mom, I want to introduce my kids to a wonderful event and expose them to diversity in Chicago”, said Monica Barri, one woman celebrating pride weekend.
“It’s a really great idea to show support for and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community”, Tong said.
Still, even if cops are marching in Pride parades instead of raiding gay bars, there’s still a long way to go before everyone in the LGBTQ community – particularly queer people of color, immigrants, and transgender folks – feel safe marching alongside, or guarded by, uniformed officers.
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“Of people all around the country, Houston has one of the best Pride parades ever”.
Last year’s Black Lives Matter protest at Toronto Pride is still reverberating in Toronto and elsewhere.
“There were people like 20 deep in lots of locations”.
Protesters carried signs and shut down the parade for a total of about 90 minutes, but officers – both on and off-duty – kept their distance. On June 28, 1969, violent demonstrations broke out between LGBTQ patrons of the Stonewall Inn and police who attempted to raid the bar. However, a small group of protestors – a collective of trans and queer people of color – managed to stop the parade for almost 15 minutes at Belmont and Halsted.