LA Pride reportedly faced tough criticism online for asking the Los Angeles Police Department for permission to hold a march next weekend in solidarity with Black Lives Matter after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
The Los Angeles Times reported that activists were upset that the organizer went to the police for a special event permit application and said partnering with cops essentially goes against why BLM is protesting in the first place.
“I’ve been informed @LAPride is, in fact, working with police for their so-called “Black solidarity” march,” wrote Fran Tirado, who was the deputy editor at Out magazine. “Attached is a screenshot of an event producer’s letter to the LAPD underscoring ‘a strong and unified partnership with law enforcement.’ Homos, this is not it.’”
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Jeff Consoletti, who reportedly submitted the request to police, apologized and announced that he was no longer working with the event. He took to Instagram to say that he sees “that these actions demonstrated the type of privileged, passive, and systemic issues that permeate society today. Our desire to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement was not carefully thought through. I am appreciative of the education I am receiving on how to be better and can see now that it is not right to take up space or attention from the conversation of racial inequality and the injustice Black people face from law enforcement.”
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The LA Pride events were canceled earlier due to the coronavirus outbreak, the report said.
The Advocate reported that the permit application was submitted last week. Consoletti wrote, “our community stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd to denounce racial prejudice and injustice, police brutality against communities of color, intolerance, and violence.”
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Dara Nai, the operations manager at Christopher Street West, a nonprofit organizing the demonstration, told the Advocate, posted, “We have no intention of asking LAPD, or Mayor Garcetti, for that matter. Please rest assured, and spread the word.”