Heritage of Pride which runs NYC’s grand LGBT Pride Parade and events during gay pride weekend has denied demands made by the group “Reclaim Pride Coalition” that New York City’s LGBT police officers not be allowed to march in uniform. And also the banning of police vehicles and the removal of the police marching band out of this years pride parade.
the parade because it might upset a section of the community.
About 10 members of the Coalition attended the May 14th meeting and argued that the demands they sought were an act of solidarity with those communities, notably communities of color, that feel the brunt of policing in New York City and around the country.
“When you don’t stand up against the crimes the cops commit, you’re being complicit,” said Jay W. Walker, a NYC activist and member Gays Against Guns (GAG), which did not endorse the demands of the group.
“We get requests ever year from people who want us to control or restrict who can march,” said James Fallarino, who heads media for HOP during the May 14th meeting at The Center.
Fallarino then made a motion for the HOP board to vote again on HOP’s longstanding policy that any group can and that HOP does not tell marchers how to present themselves beyond applying the same rules to all other marchers. Fallarino’s motion reiterated that HOP does not restrict “the types of groups that may register” and that “No restrictions are placed on how marchers may legally express themselves.”
The motion was approved 37 to 1 vote.
The Gay Officers Action League released the following statement:
“GOAL is happy to learn that Heritage of Pride has reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to allow marchers full freedom of expression,” the police fraternal organization said in a statement. “We have always marched as activists fighting for equality for LGBTQ people in the criminal justice profession, and for the larger LGBTQ community. Thanks to this decision, GOAL will be marching out and proud to celebrate our community’s history and heritage again this year.”
You can read the Reclaim Pride’s full list of demands by CLICKING HERE
*Many thanks to Duncan Osborne and Gay City News.