FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2017
Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Link: http://www.facebook.com/events/754722798018672
Host: The Equality Coalition (EqC), soon to be known as The Equity Coalition (EqC)
*Please note, this host and event is in no way related to the Facebook page “The Equality Coalition Campaign”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: QTPoC TAKE PRIDE BACK! Visibility in Action event to be held at City Hall in response to Philly Pride Presents Parade and Festival.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – QTPoC, Trans & GNC folks, Queers, LGBTQIA+, and our Accomplices & Allies are holding an event to take back Pride and claim our space! We call for queer and trans visibility to counter the exclusionary narrative of corporatized Pride, to visibly show community members who have been excluded that there is a place at Pride for them, and that the fight for equity has not fallen into complacency.
The event will begin Sunday, June 18th at 10:30am at City Hall’s North Apron and will continue throughout the day.
It is imperative to publicly demonstrate the strength, endurance, and power in solidarity of the queer and trans communities and our accomplices in the resistance against the increased discrimination and violence towards our community perpetuated by the current political and social environment.
The corporate exploitation of our community along with the whitewashing in the media has brought us to diverge from the Philly Pride Presents Parade & Festival. The lack of inclusivity in the community has driven us from the spaces advertised to be our own.
Despite ongoing calls for accountability from the community members they purport to serve, Philly Pride Presents and their events have continually failed to acknowledge the immediate needs of a community facing discrimination and violence on a daily basis. The city has begun to take steps towards addressing these issues in direct response to the work of the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC) and the community voices they helped to amplify. Philly Pride Presents has instead chosen to stay silent and unresponsive as community members face daily violence and discrimination, as community members seek space in the gayborhood only to be met with widespread anti-blackness, and as community members are murdered.
These events, these spaces, were created through the work driven and led by trans women of color and Philly Pride Presents refuses to honor this in the space they’ve created. This event is one contribution to a much greater community effort to provide a space for all that honors the historic work that allowed for Pride to come into existence.
As a group of trans & queer individuals and accomplices in the fight for justice and equity, we wish to participate in Pride, as is our place. Pride is not exclusive to Philly Pride Presents nor their official activities, but is a time and space for the entire community. We are hosting an event for those in the community who have been marginalized, excluded, and harmed by Philly Pride Presents and the community agenda promoted at such events.
-This is for historically marginalized communities that are still being oppressed.
-This is for the people who can’t afford to pay 15 dollars for an event because we are struggling to survive in an unjust system.
-This is for those who have suffered through anti-blackness in the gayborhood.
-This is for those who have been wronged and had to deal with transphobia in the community.
-This is for all those who have been silenced by the socially-engineered hierarchy within the LGBT community and the lack of justice.
We hope that the public visibility and representation at this event will help to reshape the media narrative of Pride and be a message to all of our community members who have been isolated, excluded, and discriminated against, that a community and a space is here.
Further information can be found on The Equality Coalition (soon to be known as The Equity Coalition) Facebook page at: http://www.Facebook.com/TheEqualityCoalition Follow us on Twitter (@Eqc_Philly) for updated event information throughout the day.
Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera of S.T.A.R. at the Christopher Street Liberation Day, Gay Pride Parade, NYC, June 23, 1973
(Leonard Fink; Reprinted from National History Archives of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center)
Protest at Gay Rights Demonstration, Weinstein Hall, NYU Campus, 1970
(Diana Davies (Papers); New York Public Library Schwartzman Research Branch)