Pride Month is a time for acceptance, tolerance, and celebration of diversity.
Unless you're a police officer that is, then your presence is unwanted, dangerous, and harmful to the LGBT community. For reasons.
Organizers of LGBTQ Pride marches across the U.S. are telling local police departments they can't officially march in annual parades.
Why it matters: Yearly Pride events typically are times for police to march and network with LGBTQ community members, but police shootings of Black Americans and the historic fact that Stonewall was a riot against overpolicing have organizers reconsidering officer participation.
- Pride events that maintain a high-profile police presence are creating tension between LGBTQ members who support the Black Lives Matter Movement and some Pride boards made of predominantly white volunteers who want police participating in events.
This is happening at different pride events throughout the country. Police are wanting to show up to march in these parades and the LGBT organizers are not going to allow it.
Driving the news: The San Francisco Police Officers Pride Alliance recently announced they would not march in this year's parade because Pride organizers have banned them from wearing their uniforms, Axios San Francisco's Nick Bastone reports.
- Suzanne Ford, executive director of San Francisco Pride, said the presence of the police in the parade is difficult for LGBTQ members given their history with the police department. Police could march in T-shirts, she said.
- "Let us be clear," the officers said in a statement. "This committee would not order the leather community to wear polyester at the parade."
- "This committee would not order the drag community to wear flannel. But they have told us, peace officers, that if we wear our uniforms, we may not attend."
But this is San Francisco. Surely this is the only place this radical, right?
OutFront Minnesota, an LGBTQ advocacy group in Minneapolis, said last month it would not participate in the Twin Cities Pride festival this year because Twin Cities Pride will keep a presence of police officers, Axios Twin Cities' Torey Van Oot reports.
- Twin Cities Pride said they are required by local law to have police for safety.
In Seattle, leaders of PrideFest have asked police to stay off of the festival grounds for this year's June 26 event, Axios Seattle's Melissa Santos reports.
- It takes place at the end of the Seattle Pride parade route and is expected to draw tens of thousands of people.
- PrideFest is making the same request for a smaller event it will host June 25 on Capitol Hill.
- Meanwhile, Capitol Hill Pride is also banning officers from participating in a separate rally and march it hosts each year in the neighborhood, the historic center of Seattle's LGBTQ community.
Yes, but: Seattle Pride will still allow officers to participate in the parade.
- In Salt Lake City, the police will march and serve as escorts in uniform.
- Des Moines police are welcome to participate in this year's Capital City Pride Fest Parade but it's still unknown whether officers will accept the offer, event spokesperson Jody Gifford tells Axios Des Moines' Jason Clayworth.
Oh, so this is everywhere.
Because of the woke alliance of pride with BLM and general left-wing hatred of police, officers are not allowed in many places to wear their uniforms.
So much for tolerance.
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