Queer groups are protesting mainstream festivals and organizing alternative events that recognize ongoing police mistreatment of LGBT people
It took half a century, but this LGBT Pride month, the New York police department (NYPD) finally apologized for the infamous 1969 raid on the Stonewall gay bar.
Some queer New Yorkers had a simple response: apology not accepted.
It was a symbolic PR stunt, said Colin P Ashley, a local queer black activist. The NYPD is still an oppressive force in so many lives.
Ashley is part of Reclaim Pride, a coalition that wants more than a 50-year-late apology. The group wants police removed from Pride altogether.
Queer and trans activists across the US are engaging in cops out of Pride efforts this month, with protests and alternative cop-free events that seek to recognize the ongoing police mistreatment of LGBT people. These groups are pushing back against corporate-sponsored parades that embrace police in the name of inclusion and unity and return to the radical and riotous roots of the movement.
Police have often been a force of terror for queer and trans communities, said Malkia Devich Cyril, a queer activist and Black Lives Matter member who said they wont be attending San Francisco Pride, due to the way police and corporations have co-opted it.
The efforts to remove policing from Pride are really efforts to ensure safety for the communities that are there. Its a protective act. Its an act of resistance, said Cyril, whose mother was a member of the Black Panthers. Its an act that attempts to restore some measure of safety to our rights to organize.