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Stonewall vet Miss Major calls police ‘horrible people’, doesn’t want them at Pride

Stonewall vet Miss Major calls police ‘horrible people’, doesn’t want them at Pride

Miss Major at San Francisco Pride in 2014

Miss Major, a transgender woman who was present for the Stonewall Riots of 1969, released a video on Twitter criticizing police forces and their presence at various Pride events.

Her video starts with a title card reading: ‘Kick Cops & Corporations Out of Pride.’

The rest of the video features Miss Major seated on a couch, talking directly to the camera about her problem with police at Pride. Images of peope protesting are intercut throughout the video.

‘Police have been monsters,’ she begins in the video. ‘Like aliens from another planet coming here to consume and swallow us up and then spit us out as bones.’

Miss Major goes on to say that the blue suit is ‘all the same’, regardless of color, upringing, religion, or money.

‘They’re all worthless, unimaginable, horrible people.’

She goes on to describe police as destructive, especially to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

‘I don’t know who invited those motherfuckers to be in the Pride parade,’ she says, before questioning, ‘Why would you invite a shark to swim with you naked in the sea because you like sharks?’

Miss Major also brings her own experiences up when she says that police are only present to arrest and beat LGBTI people.

‘Get us to suck their dick, then kick us out of their car, naked, to go home,’ she explains. ‘It happened to me twice, I know exactly what the hell I’m talking about.’

Miss Major finishes her video describing the hypocrisy of police outfits who participate in Pride, waving a gay flag. She says the flag ‘doesn’t mean anything’ if you don’t treat people with fairness or respect.

Not the first such opinion

Many people within the LGBTI community have criticized polcie presence at Pride before Miss Major.

Last year in Toronto, for example, the city requested police not to attend and so they withdrew their application. The decision came in the wake of Bruce McArthur’s arrest, a man alleged to be a serial killer of gay men in the city.

The ban was lifted at the end of the year. Toronto Pride also received $450,000 (€395,000) from the Canadian government to help improve protections for the LGBTI community.

At other Prides, such as Minneapolis and Auckland, organizers ask police officers not to come in uniform.

Miss Major was born in Chicago in 1940. When she moved to New York City, she established herself within the city’s LGBTI scene and became involved in activism. In 1969, she was at the Stonewall Inn with her girlfriend when it was raided.

She has long been critical of criminal justice and the prison industrial complex as it relates to the trans community.

Currently, she serves as the Executive Director for the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project.

See also

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