The Human Rights Campaign National Dinner was protested on Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC by a small group of social justice warrior zombies from the groups No Justice No Pride, GetEqual and the Trans Woman of Color Collective.
A statement released by No Justice No Pride stated the protesters dressed as zombies to “reflect the horror done by HRC partnering with a monster like Wells Fargo.”
In June, at the Pride Parade, we targeted Capital Pride’s willingness to sell our communities out to harmful corporations. Today, we’re targeting HRC’s willingness to do the same.
For decades, the LGBT movement has cast aside the most marginalized in pursuit of ‘equality’ for the most privileged members of our communities. Our hope is that No Justice No Pride’s actions begin to wake the LGBT establishment up to the fact that there is a new generation of trans and queer folks with bigger, broader and more radical dreams of liberation. Dreams inspired by the lives of our ancestors — like Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson and Audre Lorde — which are fundamentally incompatible with entities like Wells Fargo.
Said Lourdes Ashley Hunter, executive director of the Trans Woman of Color Collective
We have had enough of the juggernaut non-profits profiting off the lives of black bodies, brown bodies, indigenous bodies, undocumented bodies: Fuck HRC! Now more than ever it is important for our voices to be heard. We cannot continue to let these organizations represent us. They don’t represent us, number one, and we know that.
They represent their capitalist interests. They represent their white, cis gay pajama parties, they represent everything that liberation is not standing for. And so we’re here today to not only say ‘fuck HRC,’ ‘fuck Wells Fargo,’ well fuck everybody who paid $400 to come up in here and continue this shit.
As many of you know who have followed me the past 8 years, I have no love for the HRC but also I have no respect for No Justice No Pride, GetEqual and their ilk. Both sides are equally guilty of being self-centered and self-serving on the issues facing the LGBT community. Both sides are selfish and non-inclusive. And both sides have also lost sight of our original mission which is full civil rights under the law for all of us.
Source: The Washington Blade
Photo by Michael Key