Hmmmm… lumping an entire group of people together and systematically excluding them. How very homogenous and uninclusive.
Law enforcement and corrections personnel have been banned from participating in New York City Pride events until 2025, event organizers announced Saturday.
“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,” said the organizers of the annual march in a statement. “NYC Pride is unwilling to contribute in any way to creating an atmosphere of fear or harm for members of the community.”
Event organizers said that they will not promote law enforcement on their social media accounts or any Pride-owned media through mentions, interviews or spotlights and “will not allow NYPD to speak at its events or use any NYC Pride platform.”
The group is also attempting to limit the presence of on-duty police officers at its events. The New York City Police Department will be used “only when absolutely necessary as mandated by city officials,” the statement said. Their goal is to keep police officers “at least one city block away from event perimeter areas where possible.”