[E]effective immediately, NYC Pride will ban corrections and law enforcement exhibitors at NYC Pride events until 2025. At that time their participation will be reviewed by the Community Relations and Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion committees, as well as the Executive Board.—Heritage of Pride to LGBTQNation
When you live in the sticks, hearing about all the stories of police brutality seem like a world away. Hearing about the police raids on gay bars seems like ancient history, if not alien altogether. The worst cops are hated for around here, where I live, is for their speed traps.
When you undergo a sex change and can easily pass for a white man with matching identification, you don’t have the issues with cops that other members of the LGBT community has. Living in a small, conservative area, you keep any dissenting opinions about the cops to yourself.
Living two hours from NYC, I haven’t gone to their Pride parade in years. Not just because of its commercialization and zest for (near-)nudity, but also because I don’t like big crowds. Until COVID hit last year, I’d go to a smaller, more local Pride event.
NYC Pride is a privately hosted event; the only qualm I have is that they expect the city to provide security for free (as in, on the taxpayer dime), without contributing a penny to security. That is the gripe I know I have on this. Otherwise, they can do what they want, because I don’t attend.