Calls grow for police to be banned from Pride marches

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06/08/2020

Calls are growing for police to be banned from marching in Pride parades and for the LGBT+ events to return to their roots as rebellions against police brutality amid a rolling, global anti-racism movement. While Prides have mostly been cancelled or moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic, the marches that kick off in June – known as Pride Month – have long faced criticism for allowing companies and uniformed police to participate. The modern LGBT+ rights movement began in 1969 when police raided The Stonewall Inn in New York City and patrons fought back, including transgender activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who were black and hispanic respectively. “The police continue with racist violence to this day, just as they did in 1969 during the Stonewall riots,” said Natalie James, who co-founded the Reclaim Pride Coalition in 2018 to demand New York City Pride decrease the presence of police.

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