A gay officers group said it was disheartened after a “shameful” decision by organizers of certain Pride gatherings in New York City to ban police from their events.
NYC Pride said its new policy banning “corrections and law enforcement exhibitors” through at least 2025 will improve safety as violence against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC – Black, Indigenous, people of color – and trans communities, has escalated.
“NYPD is not required to lead first response and security at NYC Pride events,” the group said. “All aspects of first response and security that can be reallocated to trained private security, community leaders and volunteers will be reviewed.”
The Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) said NYC Pride has long been a valued partner.
“The abrupt about-face in order to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful,” GOAL said.
The first Gay Pride parades and marches in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in 1970 came a year after an uprising in 1969 outside Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, following a police raid.
Plans for marches in 2020, marking 50 years since those first marches, were ruined by the pandemic. In 2019, there were two marches in Manhattan amid concerns that the annual parade had become too commercialized. Some participants in the alternative Queer Liberation March claimed the Pride march was too heavily policed by the department responsible for the Stonewall raid.
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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon