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You’ve stumbled on this link to probably disagree with the valid answers to these frequently asked questions, or perhaps you’re bored (as I am) and tired of people whining about “no police in pride” - but unlike you, I’ve put my boredom to good use. Share it.

These are your answers. Disagreeing with them is a willful desire to be complicit in the oppression of communities, forced to society’s margins, at the hands of state-sanctioned violence.

  1. Why remove police from pride?

A: Pride was a riot that started at Stonewall Inn, this riot was a response to police violence against the queer community. Particularly the Black and Brown queer community. As police violence is still rampant, the hypocrisy of allowing them to parade with the community they continue to oppress is entirely too much. Get it? No??? Hmm, okay. So, as a survivor of sexual assault, you’d agree that I wouldn’t want representatives and accomplices of my assailant at my survival party right? Oh, now you get it. Brilliant. You can now sit with us.

  1. But, there are good cops…

A: Perhaps -but that’s not the point. The individual is not removed from pride, just the organization they represent. Perhaps ask yourself this, why is it soooooo important to the police to be at pride, not as individuals, but as an institution? A very oppressive one if I might add. They are being told that the healing process has been fractured(hell, it hasn’t even started). Don’t you think the appropriate response is to sit, listen, learn, and do the work? Enthusiastic consent is key!

  1. What about the gay cops?

A: What about them? Please see point #2. But I will repeat, the individual is allowed and very much welcome to take part in Pride. But please, leave your nasty job at home.

You know that friend that can’t and won’t shut-up about their job? Talks about it every and anywhere - well, consider Pride a safe from work talk zone. LEAVE YOUR JOB AT HOME - especially when it enacts violence on other people..yikes!

  1. Okay then, if something happens at the parade.. I guess y’all are shit outta luck

A: First of all, that is some really negative shit. Especially since nothing like that has ever happened at Vancouver’s Pride parades. Anyway.

The police are not welcome to your house for dinner, but if there is an emergency, and you call 9-1-1, guess what? They still show up. The same principle applies to protests and all parades. The police don’t need a special invitation to do whatever it is they do, when you call 9-1-1. It’s unfortunately still the law.

  1. This is discrimation (against the police)

A: No, it is not. This is simply a declaration that since the institution of policing continues to disproportionately kill and oppress marginalized communities, they are not welcome (as an institution) to share in our joy. A joy that was born out of, and under police violence.

Pride is a protest, a celebration, and a declaration - We are here, we are queer, and we do not want police near.

  1. But the police look hot in their uniforms and play the trumpet

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  1. I’m feeling very sad and resistant towards this decision

A: And that’s a valid feeling. Now you can reflect on the fact that perhaps the world and the lives of oppressed people shouldn’t revolve around your sadness? Pride would still be a good time and the police will be just fine. You can take this opportunity to celebrate this as a win for Black and Indigenous communities that have been fighting for this for so long. You’re allowed to be sad, but it doesn’t take precedence.

And with that… carry on!


(FAQs will be updated as needed)