Transgender activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a Stonewall uprising veteran and executive director of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, wants police out of pride.
New York City is set to host this year’s WorldPride 2019, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, which was a reaction against targeted police harassment and abuse. Miss Major says they have no place at NYC Pride, saying they’ve “been like monsters” in a video posted to her Twitter, and made in conjunction with activist group Gay Shame.
Public service announcement ! pic.twitter.com/inpOQAJijK
— Miss Major (@immissmajor) January 16, 2019
“It has nothing to do with color, or religion, or upbringing, or money, the blue suit is all the same. They’re all worthless, unimaginable, horrible people, and destructive to mankind in general. Especially to my trans and gender non-conforming community,” she said.
“I don’t know who invited those motherfuckers to be in the Pride parade, but they are the most detrimental thing to ever happen,” she continued. “Why would you invite a shark to swim with you naked in the sea because you like sharks?”
“These motherfuckers are only out to arrest, put us in jail, lock us up, beat us up, get us to suck their dick, and then kick us out of their car naked to go home. Happened to me twice, I know exactly what I’m talking about,” she shared.
“They should have never been in the Pride parade. Pride parade is supposed to be about some sense of pride. How much pride do you have if you think the police are worthy of being there, standing by your side, holding your hand, touting a little gay flag? Fuck a flag. That shit doesn’t mean a damn thing if you’re not going to treat people right, or fair, or honestly.”
Police participating in Pride has been a contentious issue in recent years. Demonstrators have blocked parades in protest, including New York City Pride, and Toronto Pride banned police from marching last year.