NEW YORK, NY — (05-16-21) — In a shocking move that has split the LGBTQ Community in New York, NYC Pride have banned NYPD from participating in the PRIDE Parade and festivities until 2025, according to a statement released on the NYC Pride website.
“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.” read the statement.
NBC New York Cover of NYC PRIDE Ban on NYPD
NYPD officers assigned to monitor the PRIDE parade will be requested to keep a block’s distance at all times. Police will intervene “only when absolutely necessary as mandated by city officials,” says NYC Pride.
In response to the boycott made by NYC PRIDE, LGBT officers blasted the ban saying it’s unfair to members of the community who work in law enforcement.
In a rebuttal statement, the Gay Officers Action League said they were “disheartened” by the announcement.
“Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) has long been a valued partner of our organization and its abrupt about-face in order to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful. We are doing the work that leads to progress.”
According to insiders of the NYC PRIDE organization, the announce is in response to the death of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May 2020 sparked nationwide protests that lasted throughout the summer. Floyd’s death and former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial have brought the issues of racial justice and police brutality to the forefront of national debate.
The news also comes as trans women, particularly trans women of color continue to face violence and death in the nation without any serious police investigations taking plae to solve them.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 24 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been fatally shot or killed by violent means thus far in 2021. The year 2020 marked the most violent years on record since 2013 in the trans community.
JRL CHARTS reached out to the NYPD for comment but as of this report, they have not issued a statement.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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