Rights Activists in the Wrong Parade

by CharlyB on March 18, 2017 - 3:47pm

In February, a petition occured between Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community, whether or not uniformed police officers should be allowed to overview the gay pride parade. Black Lives Matters tried to put pressure that they should be banned from the event, entirely, while LGBTQ  petitions the contrary and this is where my argument steps in. 
First of all, let's start with the scope of both institutes and when an issue is considered within their compass. LGBTQ is a community whose focus is on advancing the humanistic mentality that humans are born equal, regardless of what gender or sexuality that happens to become part of who they are. BLM or Black Lives Matter is a community whose focus is on bringing to light the racially-fueled incidents that occur specifically to african-americans, in order to better understand and prevent it in the future.
Black Lives Matters has no seat in this event, because this is a LGBTQ event, which encompasses more than just african-americans and has nothing to do with racial issues. This is what I'm getting at.
Let me first say that I do support active effort to prevent prejudice and many unjust situations. However, one must realise that there is a good way and a bad way to go about advocate your cause. Enforcing your social leverage outside of your community's scope, simply because an aspect, namely the police, is present inside of an event is not the way to do it. Doing so, is almost ironic, considering that the community that is suppose to be advocating against racial generalisation is generalising, in of itself, that all police officers are bad and, hence, should not be part of an event, which isn't even theirs. 
LGBTQ, seeing this, petitions to overthrow the pressure that BLM is putting, because, unlike Black Live Matter, LGBTQ has a very positive relationship with the vancouver police department and consider them an intricate part of their event. BLM did not put any consideration in what LGBTQ wanted during this event and, to my honest opinion, overstepped their boundaries only to enforce their own personal agenda against the police, float participants be damned!
"The visible involvement of the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP in the parade, which dates back to 2002, signifies the progress we have made in our struggle for LGBTQ equality", Says a petition signed to the Vancouver Pride Society. Removing this part of the event would only serve to both damage this relationship and lessen the safety of the participants.
In summary, while it's good to advocate progress towards equality, it's important to be able to tell if by something, whether or not, you are actually advancing towards your goal or making it harder to get there. While I understand, though scarcely believe, that BLM had good intentions, I don't vouch their actions during this event. I hope that the petition will come through and the vancouver police will continue to be a part of the event, as LGBTQ intended it.
"Vancouver pride society: Our Pride Includes Our Police." Change.org. N.p., 20 Feb. 2017. Web. 18 Mar. 2017.
Judd, Amy. "Black Lives Matter Vancouver wants Vancouver Police out of Pride Parade again." Global News. N.p., 14 Feb. 2017. Web. 18 Mar. 2017.


I really like how clear and concise your post is and your links accentuate the subject however, you make it sound like activists from the LGBTQ community are completely separate from activists from the BLM movement which sounds like they can't be a part of both. Although both movements fight for different causes, we should take into consideration that some people share both systems of inequality such as gay people of colour and/or trans people of colour. Having more than one system of inequality leads to more hardship and sources of discrimination since they reinforce each other. This is what we call intersectionality. Yes, the LGBTQ community doesn’t really address issues around race, but that’s where we should take a step back and realize that people of colour are everywhere including the LGBTQ community and that we can't ignore that. Not everyone shares the same experiences and that’s where it could possibly be scary for a person of colour who is also a part of the LGBTQ community to be around police officers. I don’t think the BLM activists were trying to force their agenda, but possibly looking out for people of colour who were participating in the parade. If we want to work through this, I believe we should at least hear the BLM activists out first instead of shutting them down or saying they were out of line.

I think you will find these links relevant to my point and I also added an article about the Orlando shooting which is a good example of how intersectionality can affect people: