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Black Lives Matter Withdraws from San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade Over Increased Police Presence

June 27, 2016  | 

Several of the honorees of San Francisco Pride, including Black Lives Matter, withdrew on Friday from the “racial and economic justice” themed parade and festival this weekend in response to the increased policing measures put in place after the Orlando attack.

On Tuesday, SF Pride announced that this year’s events would have a “significant police presence” and that, for the first time in the celebration’s 46-year history, attendees at the festival would be required to pass through security screening. The decision was made in the wake of the mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed.

Many LGBT people of color expressed concern with that news, citing the historic targeting and harassment of communities of color by police.

“For us, celebrating Pride this year meant choosing between the threat of homophobic vigilante violence and the threat of police violence,” said a statement from Black Lives Matter, an organizational grand marshal; Janetta Johnson, a community grand marshal.

“I’m more afraid of police than terrorists,” Johnson, who is a black transgender woman, told the Guardian on Tuesday.

The ACLU of northern California also criticized the decision, writing in a blog post: “Cops in the clubs won’t make people feel safer. And SF Pride should not be an excuse to over-police the city’s most vulnerable communities.”

Comments (6)

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OK then @ 6/27/2016 4:01 PM

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/27/2016 4:55 PM

What a surprise I thought for sure BLM would like to play with the exposed guns.

kevcopAz @ 6/27/2016 7:54 PM

SFPD should have all participants sign a waver of liability and remove ALL cops from policing any GAY event. If they are more afraid of the police then criminal thugs and terrorists, let them police themselves. Bunch of ignorant, unreasonable, idiotic victim mental fools. BLM and GAY pride activists transgender whatever can just take care of themselves.

tom @ 6/28/2016 5:32 AM

It really is true, "You can't fix Stupid"

Sgt Hartman @ 6/28/2016 6:22 AM

I wonder if Ms. Johnson has any idea what Muslim extremists do to gay people.

John retired IA PD @ 6/28/2016 9:55 PM

What in the world do some of these people want? I just wonder what those folks from Orlando would want if they were attending the SF Pride Parade? Would they rather have a terrorist attend their parade or the police.

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