Opinion: Violence of pride

Shortly before the start of the month of pride, the mayor of San Francisco, a city whose agglomeration the highest percentage in the country adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender – announced that she would not participate in the city’s annual pride parade due to the fact that the organizers banned uniformed policemen from marching.

“One of the central thrusts of the movement for better policing is the demand that men who serve in uniform better represent the communities they guard,” London Mayor Breed said in a statement. said. “We can’t say ‘we need more black officers’ or ‘we need more LGBTQ officers’ and then treat those officers with disrespect when they actually take office and serve.”

The breed is not alone. Plenty of Democratic politicians have used this disingenuous argument to justify reckless loyalty to law enforcement for their own political expediency.

First of all, who are “we”?

As mayor of a city like San Francisco, I doubt Breed is unaware of the tense relationship between the LGBT community and law enforcement. The nation’s first pride marches were organized to commemorate the anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Stonewall uprising of 1969. Pride can now get headlines from companies like Postmates creation comfortable for the bottom menubut it can never be separated from the origin story of transgender women fighting police harassment.

People cheer for a police retreat after protesters demonstrate on Market Street during a gay pride parade in San Francisco, June 30, 2019. The group opposed the police and corporations participating in the parade.

Gabriel Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images

The group organizing the city’s San Francisco Pride initially imposed restrictions on uniformed cops in 2020 following nationwide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. The nation has seen a black man tortured and killed, and millions have taken to the streets to demand our leaders do something about racist law enforcement practices and a broken criminal justice system. Two years later, all that has been done is an executive order signed after Congress failed to respond to the social justice movement.

Nothing fundamentally changed, so the organizers of the pride reinstated the ban, given concerns about the safety of marginalized groups in the LGBT community. You know, blacks, who make up a large part of the population, whatever the media tries to tell the public.

It’s not that police officers were strictly prohibited from participating in Pride events. Officers were encouraged to participate, but were encouraged to wear agency T-shirts instead of uniforms. Organizers in Toronto, Vancouver, New York and Denver also attempted to establish boundaries for police involvement.

Breed, like many Democratic politicians who foolishly forgo nuance whenever there is criticism of the police, takes the side of one of America’s most powerful political forces, publicly denouncing his most vulnerable colleagues.

Worse, she makes the cops and herself sound like the victims. She plays on the faces of people with such arguments in this climate. Breed is hardly the first ambitious politician to do so, but he seems all the more offensive from the mouth of a black man.

“LGBTQ people are almost four times more likely to experience violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated assault or simple assault.”

LGBTQ people almost four times more likely be subjected to violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated assault or assault, according to the study. LGBTQ people are more likely to be victims of violence by both strangers and people they know well. As recently shown arrest of 31 people linked to white supremacist group in Idaho who allegedly tried to riot at a local Pride event, anti-LGBTQ violence that flourished during the Trump administration continues to fly.

Much of this has to do with Republicans’ attacks on the LGBTQ community with slanderous rhetoric and targeted legislation.

Most recently, in 2003LGBTQ people in the US can be jailed simply for acting under their own identity, because of sodomy laws as well as laws regulating gender representation. These are the laws Republicans want back. I guess the same goes for the past police practice of infiltrating and attacking LGBTQ community sites and enterprises.

Unfortunately, the community cannot always count on the police to protect us. At any rate, we can count on them to engage in their own biased violent acts under the pretense of upholding the law.

In spite of advances in LGBTQ rightspolice discrimination against society continues for many years, according to the American Bar Association. According to the project “Innocence”this discrimination led to arrests “based on preconceived notions, influenced investigations and contributed to the persecution and sexual abuse LGBTQ people by law enforcement officers.”

During demonstrations against police brutality in 2020, activists saw evidence of targeted police violence against strange spaces in states such as North Carolina and New York.

Protesters Gathered On Market Street In An Attempt To Stop San Francisco'S Annual Pride Parade On June 30, 2019.
Protesters gathered on Market Street in an attempt to stop San Francisco’s annual pride parade on June 30, 2019.

Gabriel Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images

Transgenders especially risky being killed by police and correctional staff. According to Project against violencetransgender people are nearly four times more likely to experience police violence than cisgender people.

Not surprisingly, the burden of black LGBT people is even heavier. In a 2020 Center for American Progress survey., 33% of black LGBT people said they experienced discrimination in the last year and that it had a significant impact on their lives and daily experiences. Many said they changed their behavior to avoid potential harm, including abstaining from travel and staying away from public places like restaurants and shops.

Yes, some law enforcement now required LGBTQ education. BBut last time I checked, they still kill black people after learning how to do it.

A uniformed cop is a legitimately scary sight for many, whether it’s a black cop, an LGBTQ cop, or both. The presence of the police can be perceived as a threat because they have acted and continue to act as a force that threatens society. God forbid the organizers ask them to put on a T-shirt and let the rainbow cabal enjoy the pride parade without fear of pepper spray, rubber bullets, wrestling or a public execution.

The London breed should get over themselves and attend this event, even if they get booed like the NYPD Mister himself, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, who he was recently bullied at the Brooklyn Pride parade, presumably over it ministerial appointments with histories of homophobic remarks. Adams’ choice is very similar to Breed’s or Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot’s (who recently downtrodden on the notion of the presumption of innocence) illustrate the limits of representation when various persons of power perpetuate the status quo.

If Breed is indeed an ally of the LGBT community, she will change her mind and take part in the parade on June 26th. If she sticks to her stance, may she never be off the hook for being so petty about an event. where the target community asked the collectively unfriendly group to adhere to a less horrific dress code.


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