CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—June 28, 2015 — On Sunday, June 28th, members of the local Black trans and queer community and their allies are disrupting the Chicago Pride Parade at the intersection of Addison and Halsted with a public die-in to bring attention to issues that have received marginal attention in lieu of marriage equality.
The Chicago Pride Parade occurs 46 years after Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson co-organized the first Christopher Street Liberation Day March in New York City to commemorate the queer upheaval against police violence at Stonewall.
Organizers of the die-in hope the protest will bring attention to the parade’s origins as a political action meant to resist state violence. Organizers wish to amplify the voices of those silenced within the LGBTQ community, primarily those populations most impacted by state violence—trans people, women, people with disabilities and mental illness, Black and Brown folk, indigenous people, immigrants, sex workers and street youth.
The disruption is being used to bring attention to issues that have received marginal attention in lieu of marriage equality. These issue include the homelessness of queer youth, racism within the LGBTQ community, policing of black and brown youth, as well as police brutality.
“Queer youth experiencing homelessness, and the plight of trans and queer communities of color, is not merely an issue of transphobia and homophobia in Black and Brown communities; It is equally about classism, racism, and gentrification. It is about the draconian measures of austerity that push our people onto the street, refuse us reentrance into real estate and the job market, and the police and prison systems which work together to ensure we stay locked out. Young, Black, Brown, Native, trans, poor, working, immigrant and disabled people are suffering because every system of governance in this country is geared to destroy us,” speaker NIC Kay noted in a 7 minute speech.
The full statement issued by the group will be posted soon at:radfag.wordpress.com