We would like to acknowledge that this event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), on whose territories we live and organize. We would like to recognize the tremendous labour that has gone into nurturing and protecting these traditional lands, and the many ways in which Indigenous resistance has deeply informed our own activism.
The city of Vancouver lacks an inclusive Pride march; one that centres marginalized LGBTQ/2S populations and is actively against institutions of power and oppression. Black Lives Matter chapters across the globe have been instrumental in reframing Pride parades — Who are they for? Who do they centre? Whose lives matter?
*Join Black Lives Matter Vancouver in divesting from parades that are unsafe and exclusive.*
Join us, along with other queer, trans, Two-Spirit and intersex people of colour and marginalized groups to march through the centre of Vancouver’s “gaybourhood”. This event will recentre LGBTQ/2S “pride” — pride is political; pride is anti-police; pride is a protest.
The institutions of policing, state-violence and incarceration have dominated a protest that was started by trans women of colour. Capitalism, pinkwashing and corporatization have erased the political origins of community-led LGBTQ/2S events.
We will gather at 1PM in Emery Barnes park (1199 Richards St) — named after the first Black Speaker of the B.C. legislative assembly — for speeches and performances. At 2PM, we will march up Davie Street until we reach Jim Deva Plaza — named after an LGBTQ/2S advocate who worked towards holding police accountable for their histories of violence towards the gay community. We will then continue on to Alexandra Park.
This event is open to everyone except institutions that criminalize, brutalize and kill Black people and other marginalized groups. Transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, sexism, misogyny, racism, anti-blackness, Islamophobia anti-Indigeneity or any other form of hate or discrimination will not be tolerated. Banners and signs are welcomed (with relevant messages) although no corporations or businesses are permitted.
We ask that allies (those who do not experience direct impacts of the aforementioned violences, particularly white folks) help in protecting and supporting organizers and marchers. Given the uphill route, please let us know if you have any accessibility needs. We can arrange wheelchairs and potentially vehicles upon request.
#RememberStonewall #NoPoliceInPride #PrideIsPolitical