As the once radical LGBTQ+ movement was consolidated into the non-profit industrial complex, Gay Inc. - a powerful network of nonprofits, wealthy donors, and political action committees - emerged to assimilate the movement into mainstream cis-hetero systems of power, including white supremacy, patriarchy, and settler colonialism, among other systems of oppression. This shift is most visible in Pride marches and celebrations - and here in DC and around the world - what was once a call to action for the liberation of our entire community has become a hodgepodge of corporate and state-sponsored interests directed by the most privileged members of our larger community.
In response to Capital Pride’s complicity with systems of oppression and its continued refusal to reflect the interests of the larger community, activists and organizers from across the District of Columbia came together in 2017 to form what is now NJNP and demand that Capital Pride respect our communities and return Pride to its radical roots of trans and queer resistance.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 27, 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org 603.944.3098 Firing Bryan Pruitt Is Just the Beginning: It's Time for Capital Pride to Address Its Systemic Failure of the Queer and Trans Community WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, April 25, No Justice No Pride, a collective initially formed out of ResistThis, uncovered and publicized a quote from an article Capital Pride Executive Producer Bryan Pruitt for far-right online publication RedState in May of 2016.
No Justice No Pride (NJNP) is a collective of organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia (DC) that exists to fight for Trans Justice and end the LGBT “equality” movement’s complicity with systems of oppression that further marginalize Trans and Queer individuals and communities. NJNP members are black, brown, trans, gender nonconforming, queer, bisexual, indigenous, two-spirit, disabled, sex workers, currently and formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, and white allies. Together we recognize that there can be no pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.