The Vancouver chapter of the activist group Black Lives Matter held its March on Pride event on Sunday to “recentre LGBTQ/2S ‘pride.'”
The march was held in protest against police inclusion in Vancouver Pride Parade. In a post on its Facebook page the organizers said “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.”
The march, which began at Emery Barnes Park before making it way down Davie Street drew crowds of onlookers and participants.
“We are so incredibly grateful for the supportive, loving, singing resistance today as we crashed the gaybourhood in the Blackest Pride event Vancouver has ever seen,” said the group on Facebook, after the event was over. “We staged a die-in at the rainbow crosswalks… the “intersection” of Blackness and Queerness.”
Noting that “Black people are trans people too, Black people are queer people too,” the group added that “rainbow flags do not protect us from the racism and police violence Black people face in Vancouver, North America, and the world. There is much work yet to be done.”
There “would be no Pride movement if it weren’t for the Black trans women and trans women of colour who fought against police brutality… and still in 2017 we’re fighting the same thing,” furthered the group. “So today we hosted our own event to centre Black & Indigenous folks and all People of Colour in a re-politicized march to uplift the most marginalized in our queer community.”