Local LGBTQ groups and others support Taking B (l) ack Pride in this conflict, including Seattle Seawall Mars and Seattle Pride, which replaced its major in-person pride events, including the Downtown Pride Parade, with online events for the second year due to the pandemic.
After the complaint was filed, several speakers withdrew from Capitol Hill Pride, instead planning to attend the nearby AIDS memorial event, according to Seattle gay scene and Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
Capitol Hill Pride apologized on its Facebook page and called for a meeting to “resolve all issues and find common ground.”
“We sincerely want to uplift the segment of the LGBTQ community, especially black transgender women, recognize the history and significant contributions and support this segment of the hidden rainbow,” the Capitol Hill Pride statement read.
Capitol Hill Pride, an organization that formed Seattle PrideFest, moved the parade from Capitol Hill to downtown earlier this year and sparked its own national scrutiny after banning Seattle Police from their rally and march in person, which are also scheduled for this weekend.
After a call from Crosscut, Lipson referred to the event’s website, which read in part, “We pride ourselves on the fact that we will never charge for admission or ask for donations based on the color of your skin. anyone. Dr King once said that he dreamed that we would live in a nation where a person should not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We are almost there.”
Race-based pricing, citing systemic inequalities, is not a new concept. In 2018, chef / artist Tunde Wey asked white customers in New Orleans paying two and a half times more than the price of $ 12 for a plate of Nigerian food, to highlight the city’s income disparities between black and white residents.
Last year, a store in Georgia briefly imposed a $ 20 fee for personal appointments, but gave it up for people of color, saying they didn’t want the fees to be a barrier for communities to shop in their store. Two years ago, the Afrofuture Fest in Detroit originally charged white participants twice what people of color would pay, arguing that blacks and brunettes often couldn’t attend sold-out events in their communities.
The Georgia Boutique and Detroit Festival moved away from the pricing structure, following both local and national setbacks.
As for the organizers of Taking B (l) ack Pride, the fury shows why events like theirs matter.
“The LGBTQ community has NEVER been safe for black and brown queer and trans people. Neither do Pride events. It’s no exaggeration to create your own when you don’t feel safe, ”the group wrote.