What does Stonewall 50/World Pride 2019 look like to you?
At this moment in LGBTQ history, it is tempting to think that Queer and Trans* people are approaching “freedom” because of measurable gains in the United States and other countries. However, the reality is much more varied and complicated. We believe that World Pride and any events connected to this historic moment a year from now should reflect the diverse set of experiences being LGBTQ in the world truly entails. That’s why we want to bring together as many members of the LGBTQ community as possible on July 31st and start doing the work to make our vision for Stonewall 50/World Pride a reality.
In 2018, Heritage of Pride (HOP), “official” organizer of the New York LGBTQ Pride March, demonstrated once again that it is not capable of organizing a March without gross corporate saturation, excessive police presence, and unnecessary restrictions such as barricades and wristbands, and that it has very little connection to the rebellious, community-based sentiments of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Further, HOP made clear that a politically engaged, activist response to the Trump Administration and reactionary oppression everywhere was not welcome in the March.
For these reasons, Reclaim Pride Coalition thinks it is imperative that we come together as a community to formulate a challenge and an alternative. Please come out on the night of July 31st to share your ideas on what you think Stonewall 50/World Pride should look like. By the end of the evening we hope to develop a new model for Pride that we will work toward over the coming year.