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The D.C. Capital Pride Parade was disrupted by protesters June 10 who say the event is too corporate and marginalizes minorities and the very community the tradition was created to celebrate, according to Washington Post reporters Perry Stein and Lynh Bui. A separate Equality March was held June 11 as in other cities nationwide.
Protesters from No Justice No Pride linked arms to block the parade route near 15th and P streets in Northwest Washington. With a pink, turquoise and yellow banner stretched across the street, the protesters shouted “What side are my people? What side are you on?” and “No justice, no pride.”
“Capital Pride has consistently demonstrated that it is more interested in accommodating the interests of Metropolitan police and of corporate sponsors than it is in supporting the very communities it supposedly represents,” the group wrote in a statement announcing its disruption of the parade.
“Capital Pride is a sham, corporate scum don’t give a damn,” one person posted on Twitter with the hashtag #NoJusticeNoPride.
Activists said Capital Pride has been overtaken by corporations and rich gay men.
Police formed two lines around the group and allowed them to continue protesting while the parade was rerouted down 16th Street toward Rhode Island Avenue.
"For years, Capital Pride has ignored concerns of queer, trans and two spirit communities in DC - particularly the concerns of queer and trans people of color - regarding its complicity with entities that harm LGBTQ2S people," Capital Pride noted in a statement.
No Justice No Pride says it has given Capital Pride many chances to address our concerns. "But time and time again, we have been dismissed," No Justice No Pride noted. "Capital Pride refuses to make systematic changes that could actually give the power of Pride back to the people whose voice and experience are most crucial to the fight for our rights today."
Capital Pride Statement
"Capital Pride always has and will continue to respect the wide range of diversity – of people and viewpoints – within the LGBTQ+ community. Following the disruption of the parade by protesters, we were able to divert the parade from its scheduled route, thus ensuring that as many people as possible could watch the parade in its entirety. We are troubled by reports that some onlookers responded to the protesters with verbal and physical harassment. We encourage a robust, civil, and healthy conversation within the community about all of the issues that impact us and look forward to having a mutually respectful conversation in the days, weeks, and months ahead. The issues raised are of importance to our entire community, across organizations and to our entire movement. In these challenging times for LGBTQ+ people Capital Pride will continue to focus on how we can all move forward as a community striving for equal treatment and respect for all.”
The Equality March for Unity& Pride is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals.