Progress Pride Flag redesigned by Daniel Quasar to be more “inclusive and progressive” 

It goes without saying that Pride month this year looks very different. With COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and the continued momentum of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest across the U.S., it has been inspiring to see communities come together to demand justice for Black lives and celebrate Pride.  

Across the country and here in Kentucky, BLM protest and Pride parades have been combined with the deep understanding that the movement to protect Black lives must be prioritized. As we challenge the idea that this is not merely a moment and actually a movement, we are able to reflect on the harsh reality that until there is liberation for all people in this country there can be no pride. The quote “No Pride For Some of Us Without Liberation For All of Us” is by Micah Bazant. 

Art piece depicting Marsha P Johnson

Sourced from Micah Bazant 

Pride this year allowus (especially White people) to step back and reflect on the Black roots of Pride. The piece above by Micah Bazant is of Marsha “Pay It no Mind” Johnson, who is one of the mothers of the trans and queer liberation movement.  

Just over 50 years ago the Pride Movement began with the Stonewall riots and protest against police brutality and LGBTQIA+ oppression in 1969. What we cannot forget, especially as we continue to oppose police brutality against Black lives is that the Pride movement was largely led by LGBTQIA+ people of color (POC) including Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera.  

Pride, at its core, a voice for intersectionality since its inception. 

Our mission is to end intimate partner violence, and we mean that for all people regardless of sexual orientation or race. Both the Pride and the Black Lives Matter movement mean a lot to us and our vision that all people deserve the right to live a life free of violence.  

Where intersectionality comes in for us is the fact that the LGBTQIA+ community, especially people of color are the least likely to seek and access services for safety.  

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, “Transgender people were 3.7 times more likely to experience police violence compared to cisgender survivors and victims. Transgender people were 7 times more likely to experience physical violence when interacting with the police compared to cisgender survivors and victims.” and “only 3% of LGBT victims seek protective orders”.  

For both Black and LGBTQIA+ people in America, under reporting and lack of access to resources to ensure safety is directly correlated with fear of police. This is empirically supported by a criminal justice analysis published in August of 2018 by The Center for Public Integrity. 

Moving forward we understand that the only path to liberation and healing is in solidarity both in action and voice. Collectively we must demand justice of all, and not settle for anything less. We owe this to our ancestors and the future generations to come.