June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and while many of the globe’s major events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles’ historic Pride parade is back on.
However, it will be replaced with a Black Lives Matter protest march instead, in light of recent nationwide protests which have broken out in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody late last month.
For what would have been the 50th anniversary of when protesters first gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to protest police brutality during the Stonewall riots in New York City, would-be Pride parade attendants will once again gather to protest police brutality.
“In 1970, we gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to protest police brutality and oppression to our community,” said Estevan Montemayor, the president of LA Pride told the Los Angeles Times. “We will do that again this year, where it began, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.”
“We encourage all community members who believe that we must root out this racial injustice and stand in solidarity with the black community and fight for real reform and change in this country on all levels of government to join us in this peaceful protest, in this march for justice,” Montemayor said.
“It is our moral imperative to honor the legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who bravely led the Stonewall uprising, by standing in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and joining the fight for meaningful and long-lasting reform.”
This change of plans for LA Pride is representative of the sentiment of many progressives across the country, who seem to have forsaken all concern for the coronavirus they previously thought provided ample reason to shut down schools, churches, and small business around the country in the name of social justice.
While churches in California are currently required to limit their attendants to 100 people, hundreds gathered in Los Angeles over the weekend to protest Floyd’s death. LA County is also declining to charge reportedly peaceful protesters mass arrested at previous events.
So much for the pandemic.
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