NEW YORK CITY – Organizers of New York City’s Pride events said they are banning police and other law enforcement from marching in the group’s annual parade until at least 2025 to create “safer spaces for LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities.”
On-duty officers will also be kept a block away from the June parade so that they are not seen at the event, which is supposed to celebrate diversity.
Back in 1996, GOAL (gay cops) had to sue the NYPD to march formally in the Pride Parade as NYPD. GOAL won and the NYPD was reluctantly dragged into the late 20th century. Now GOAL is banned from the Pride Parade because they’re cops. https://t.co/Lqw3QJNBVA https://t.co/xr2kBj1FQ2 pic.twitter.com/3GkUDxFTv4
— Peter Moskos (@PeterMoskos) May 16, 2021
“NYC Pride seeks to create safer spaces for the LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities at a time when violence against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC and trans communities, has continued to escalate.
“The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason.
“NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community.”
NYC Pride parade organizers ban the NYPD from its events until 2025 https://t.co/l9fHTewDO2
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