Cville Pride stands with Equality Virginia and our sibling organizations across the country in condemning the murder of George Floyd and the racist violence that plagues Black communities in our country and state. We also mourn Tony McDade, a Black trans man who has been misgendered and dead-named in the media after being killed by police in Tallahassee this week. We encourage Virginians to get involved and connect with organizations that are led by, and primarily serve, LGBTQ Virginians of color and find out how to support their work: https://www.equalityvirginia.org/…/political-social-organi…/
It’s Pride Month, so we remember at this time that Pride started out as a riot against police brutality, led mostly by black trans women and lesbians. The heart of the social justice and equality we fight for as an LGBTQ+ Pride organization holds the same truths energizing the current protests against structural racism throughout our society’s systems and police practices.
A relevant quote:
“Pride Month this year is different. It is now up to white people, specifically white queer people who watch Black folks sitting at the intersections die at the hands of layered oppression, to stand up. It is on those who love drinking at the Stonewall Inn and every gay bar across the nation to put their bodies on the line in solidarity, and “spend their privilege” in order to protect others with shared forms of marginalization.”
Read more on the relationship of Pride and Protest.