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Taking Back Pride: Justice4GeorgeFloyd DefendBlackTransFolks
June 28, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
A contingency of the Leather/Kink community will be participating in the Justice 4 Jamar Pride March with the MNLP Travel flag. The March is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM. We ask you to join if you are inclined and feel safe.
More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/289017992239840/
Most people are familiar with Pride full of rainbows, floats, and crazy costumes. However, Pride’s origin is rarely discussed in mainstream society. Much like the labor movement and other struggles for national liberation, a time came in the summer of 1969 when people had to resist and fight back against their oppressors. It’s the sacrifices and struggles of queer/trans BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) – like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who led an uprising to fight back against police violence that kicked off the mass movement for queer/trans liberation in the U.S. – that we celebrate! In 2017, TCC4J began leading a protest at pride after the TC Pride Committee’s refusal to remove police officers from the parade in the wake of the non-guilty verdict of Geranimo Yanez for the murder of Philando Castile. We continued this protest under the Black Lives Matter movement banner after Thurman Blevins was killed less than 24 hours before the 2018 parade. In 2019, we again marched in front of the parade, marking the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with protest and massive banners. Ffor the past few years, cities across the U.S. and internationally have protested at Pride.
Attacks against women in the U.S. and across the globe are not new. However, after this past year’s attacks on women, the refusal to grant amnesty and outright disregard for the lives of queer/trans immigrants, and murder of three black trans women during the same week in May, it is more important then ever to stand in unity and solidarity together. The best way to honor the legacy of Stonewall and the courageous freedom fighters before us is to march and show our resistance and resilience this year at Pride!
Day of the Event
This is a family-friendly march. If you have accessibility requests, please contact us ASAP. We usually can accommodate them. We will also have marshals, please also contact us if you wish to assist with marshaling.
There will be a lead banner which everyone will follow. Endorsing organizations are welcome to bring their banners to be placed in the marching group after the lead banner(s). You are also encouraged to dress in Pride and/or your organization attire. Please dress for the weather and bring sunscreen and water if needed. We will also try to bring extra water for everyone marching with us.