New York’s Pride March Bans Police Officers From Marching


One of the oldest celebrations of the LGBTQ community in the world has been New York City’s annual Pride celebration. The parade began 51 years ago and has long been a symbol of the strength, defiance, and pride of this community. The whole idea was to show the full spectrum of LGBTQ influence, participation, and expression in our society. This year, however, activists have decided to discriminate against one group: police officers. In a parade that was found to reject discrimination in every form, the organizers have told the Gay Officers Action League and other such groups that they will not be allowed to march. Their presence is viewed as a threat to others in the parade and a denial of a “safe space” for LGBTQ members. It is hard to imagine a more antithetical position for the parade in excluding officers who are part of the community and who want to publicly stand with other LGBTQ members.

The organizers have announced that police and corrections officers will be barred from participating in the parade until at least 2025.  They declared “The sense of safety that law enforcement is meant to provide can instead be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason.”

The Gay Officers Action League, an organization of L.G.B.T.Q. police, denounced the decision on Friday night. In addition, the NYPD is being asked to remain at least a block away from all events to ensure a safe environment for participants.

Activists have long opposed police participation and cite the anti-police riot  outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. However, the police participants have marched to show that the NYPD does not just support the LGBTQ community but includes officers from the community. It is the very rejection of the image of the Stonewall Inn riot and a testament to the progress made not just by the LGBTQ community but the NYPD.

Nevertheless, Beverly Tillery, the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project insists that “[t]he issue is, how do we make Pride safe for the people who feel the most marginalized and have often been left out of the conversations about how Pride is run?”

It is a terrible setback and insult for officers and their predecessors, who had to sue for the right to march in uniform and did so for the first time in 1996. They have fought to diversify the ranks of the NYPD and show that there are officers not just supportive but part of the LGBTQ community. That would seem an incredibly powerful and reassuring message to send to community members. The growing numbers each year showed the progress that has been achieved since 1978 when New York City mayor Ed Koch banned discrimination in police hiring on the basis of sexual orientation (over the objection of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association).

On November 2, 1969, Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes called for an annual march  for all “Homophile organizations.” The march was envisioned as a statement against exclusionary limits of every kind for members of the community:

We propose that a demonstration be held annually on the last Saturday in June in New York City to commemorate the 1969 spontaneous demonstrations on Christopher Street and this demonstration be called CHRISTOPHER STREET LIBERATION DAY. No dress or age regulations shall be made for this demonstration.

We also propose that we contact Homophile organizations throughout the country and suggest that they hold parallel demonstrations on that day. We propose a nationwide show of support.

GOAL is one such organization and shows how much has changed since this call for a unifying celebration of everyone within this community. It was created in 1982 and each year around 200 of its members and their families participated in the march. They have now been told that they are not welcomed as a perceived threat to their own community. I cannot think of a message more counter to traditions or values of the annual parade.  A movement based on inclusion has now embraced exclusion as a defining value.


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  1. OT, but related comments by S. Meyer downthread, as he accuses people he doesn’t know of being ‘anti-Semites.’

    “Statement: AP ‘horrified’ by Israeli attack on its office”


    AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt has released the following statement:

    We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.

    The Israeli government says the building contained Hamas military intelligence assets. We have called on the Israeli government to put forward the evidence. AP’s bureau has been in this building for 15 years. We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building. This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.

    We are seeking information from the Israeli government and are engaged with the U.S. State Department to try to learn more.

    This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time.

    The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.

    — AP

    1. Predictably Hamas has issued a denial, but Trevor Aaronson does good work, so some might be interested in what he’s written.


      “In its first official statement, Hamas denies Israel’s allegation that the building housing the AP and other news media was used for military intelligence.”

      by Trevor Aaronson

      May 17 2021, 2:06 p.m.


      Naim told The Intercept that Hamas may have had a civilian office in the Al-Jalaa tower, since offices used for civilian administration are spread throughout the territory, but unequivocally denied the Israeli claim that Hamas operated a military intelligence unit in the building.

      Israeli officials frequently accuse Hamas of using human shields, by concealing its military and intelligence work in civilians areas. Critics of Hamas accuse the organization of lying to the media for propaganda purposes, claiming that the group inflates death tolls and stages events for sympathy; sometimes, though not always, such allegations are debunked.

      Last week, the Israeli military lied to the international press about a ground invasion of Gaza. News media organizations then reported an invasion, which tricked Hamas into exposing its military positions for Israeli airstrikes.

      NAIM SAID HE and other Hamas officials believe that Israel targeted the building in order to make it more difficult for Associated Press and Al-Jazeera journalists to disseminate reports, videos, and photographs of Israeli air and artillery assaults on Gaza.

      “Trevor Aaronson is a contributing writer for The Intercept and a 2020 ASU Future Security Fellow at New America. He is also executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and author of “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.” His 2015 TED Talk, “How this FBI strategy is actually creating U.S.-based terrorists,” has been viewed more than 1 million times and translated into more than 20 languages.” …

      Comment by Wnt, with which I mostly agree:

      “The headline here rather buries the story! Hamas, being a combatant and widely said to be a “terrorist” organization – whatever that means – will not necessarily be trusted by many. But AP has been trusted as a news organization (even if they can’t spell right or cite a source), and they had a life-and-death need to watch out for excuses for Israelis to bomb them, and they say they didn’t see any Hamas in 15 years. So when AP says no Hamas in the building, that has to be given a lot of credit.”

        1. “Anonymous the Stupid is showing his stripes.”

          They’re red, white and blue.


    2. Anonymous the Stupid, here is the article with the link for you to read again and a quote to correct the dumbness problem you have been afflicted with.

      “Also, a former AP reporter noted that Hamas operated in and around the building back in 2014, which shreds the statement from AP’s CEO who said that he had no idea Hamas was around the building or something.”

      For those pretending to be against Israel claiming they are not anti-Semites.

      The ‘Israel Is a Monster for Bombing the Associated Press’ Office Building in Gaza’ Narrative Just Collapsed

      Uh, they did provide intelligence, just not to you people (via JPost):

      Israel shared intelligence with the US showing how Hamas operated inside the same building with the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza, officials in Jerusalem said on Sunday.
      Officials in more than one government office confirmed that US President Joe Biden’s phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday was, in part, about the bombing of the building, and that Israel showed Biden and American officials the intelligence behind the action.
      “We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” a source close to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said. “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”
      The US was the only country to inquire about the IDF strike on the building, which the military said housed Hamas military intelligence offices, as well as AP and Al Jazeera, other news outlets, and other offices and apartments.
      Also, a former AP reporter noted that Hamas operated in and around the building back in 2014, which shreds the statement from AP’s CEO who said that he had no idea Hamas was around the building or something.

    3. “We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau . . .”

      AP is embedded in a terrorist-controlled territory. Blame the terrorists, not the victimized country defending itself.

      “We received a warning that the building would be hit.”

      And that, folks, is how AP skews a story. That “warning” came from Israel — a fact that AP notably did not mention. Wake me when Hamas warns noncombatants about one of its upcoming attacks.

      1. Sam, I believe that in the conversation between Joe Biden and Netanyahu, Netanyahu provided the necessary proof.

        The MSM wants to be able to publish on-the-spot news in the area. For them to be in the area, the MSM is forced to compromise what they say. That is not hard for the MSM to do because they intentionally bend the news there and elsewhere.

        Myths have been created by those that wish to see Israel gone and Jews dead like their predecessors did in their support of Hitler’s extermination of Jews policy. This is seen on American College campuses.

        Abu Toameh, a Palestinian journalist, said something like this (paraphrased): On American campuses, there is more sympathy for Hamas than from the people of Ramallah. Listening to some of the students made me think I was sitting next to a Hamas spokesperson or a potential suicide bomber.’

        That is a result of MSM not reporting the truth. Except for the ruling class, the freest Arabs in the Middle East are those Arabs under Israeli sovereignty.

  2. So let me get this right. A group that has held a parade for those traditionally ostracized from society is now preventing a subset from marching with them because they are cops? Do they not see the irony? Do they call this discrimination? They want to preserve the safe space? Okay, how about that no cops provide protection and let’s see how the safe space is going to work now. Regardless of how one sees the LGBTQ issues, this is exactly the type of behavior they marched against originally. They are becoming the very thing they hate.

    1. It’s the same type of logic seen in the days of AIDS. The gays split on closing the bathhouses in SF when gays came from all over the world. The leftist activists wanted the bath houses kept open for political reasons despite the danger. They won. They were a major cause of the rapid spread of AIDS that killed a couple of million people.

      Of course examples exist over and over again. over 100 million were killed outside of war due to leftist type politics.

      Wokism is part of the stupidity of the left. It will kill many and impoverish millions if given the chance to continue.

  3. More than ever cops are beginning to think that to remain a cop is to compromise their identity, their beliefs, and their values. These Leftist jurisdictions are, by force of conscious, pushing police out of the profession. This is a milestone in America’s decline.

  4. Map showing targeted areas in article.
    Yet Again, the Media Blames Israel for a Conflict Hamas Started

    by Phyllis Chesler

    May 12, 2021

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    Islamist terrorist groups, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have launched more than 1,200 rockets (and counting) toward Israel since Monday, and the United Nations (!), is keeping close watch, issuing warnings, and sharing their fears that a full-scale “war” is about to break out.

    Continued at site.

      1. Anonymous the Stupid, maybe you are an anti-Semite and that is why you don’t care about what she was saying.

    1. Part of that was paid for by Obama’s airlift of cash to Iran never approved by Congress.

  5. I’m no fan of gay culture as I see it as licentious, anti-masculine and counter to propagating the species but we can tolerate them legally. As far as I’m concerned, the cops should stay away and any mayhem that ensues should be just as tolerated. You don’t want the cops? Fine, enjoy the criminals. Come to think of it, they might.

  6. Jonathan Turley used to write about things like this:

    “Dallas County Prosecutor Disbarred for Withholding Evidence After 2 Men Cleared of Capital Murder Charges”

    “Richard E. Jackson is just the fourth lawyer in the country to lose a law license after egregious misconduct that led to a wrongful conviction.”

    “As a result, the courts said that Allen and Mozee wrongfully spent 14 years in prison for the murder of Rev. Jesse Borns Jr., who was killed in 1999.”

    Richard Jackson should serve time…

  7. Maybe BLM should show up at the parade. Remember they are all inclusive. As a whole most blacks don’t care for gays. Without the police around, they could rumble and see who comes out on top. Then they can make it into a movie, “BLM meets the gay pride parade”.

  8. Your comments are right on target. I’ll just add that in Twitterese, Parlerese, and Facebookese, the common reply to such occurrences is the observation that “Invariably, the Left eats its own.” If any group seeks control over others’ views, the end result is just this sort of atrocious hypocrisy.

  9. Two thoughts:

    1. As instances occur we get a better, more granular read on the new pecking order. We now learn that being a cop is worse than being LGBTQ+ is good–so, a gay cop is net “Bad” and gets cancelled. We already knew that T outranks the L, G, B, and Q, so our understanding of the new realities grows as our liberties are erased.

    2. This will only get worse until the real evil, critical theory, is confronted and beaten back.

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