Reclaim Pride

Emmelia Talarico
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For years, Capital Pride has ignored the concerns of queer, trans, Black, Latinx, and Two-Spirit communities in D.C. regarding its complicity with entities that harm LGBTQ2S people. Since March 2017, No Justice No Pride has been working to ensure that Capital Pride addresses our concerns, but time and time we have been dismissed.

Even in the current political moment - with the Trump Administration pursuing anti-immigrant, anti-trans, anti-LGBQ2S, anti-women, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-poor, and pro-white supremacist policies - Capital Pride insists on continuing business as usual, ignoring the most marginalized members of our community. We MUST fight back and bring pride back to it's roots.


To this day, Capital Pride is reluctant to make systemic changes that could actually give the power of Pride back to the people whose voices and experiences are most crucial to the fight for our rights today.

In June 2017, No Justice No Pride held a day of action and resistance in an effort to return pride back to its roots as a direct response to state violence, led by visionary, transgender women of color. Together with activists from around the DMV region, we took direct action to disrupt the Capital Pride Parade and make our demands heard. 

Since then, we have working behind the scenes with Capital Pride to address our concerns. 

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Decrim Sign On

As the legacy of those who started Pride, Black and Brown Trans Women named Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are celebrated this year; the Sylvia's and the Marsha's of today in D.C. are criminalized, displaced and when we voice what we've needed most we are left unheard. But you can change that today. We must close the gap on safety for our communities. Marsha & Sylvia were sex workers, who gave housing to the homeless and fought for abolition not criminalization. Research shows that over 80 percent of street-based sex workers experience violence in the course of their work. Criminal penalties have also made sex workers more vulnerable to violence and police abuse. By removing criminal penalties, this legislation will reduce the vulnerability of sex workers to exploitation and violence, promote public health by improving access to services, and help address human trafficking. The DC Trans Needs Assessment showed 41% of Trans sex workers in DC felt sex work was their only option for income. If passed B23-0318, The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019; would remove the criminal penalties associated with sex exchange, maintain existing laws on sex trafficking, and establish a task force to evaluate the impact.

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Last year, Allen said he didn’t believe it had support to pass in the Council but his role as Chair is to call a hearing to engage the wider community about this issue. We deserve to have our voices heard. Tell Judiciary Committee Chair Allen, to hold a hearing once the bill is reintroduced. Safe communities start with resources, not arrests!

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