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Calling all LGBTQ activists! Organize against this year's Pride theme!
28 Apr 2002
This year's Boston LGBTQ Pride theme is "American Pride"! This doesn't represent the views of many Pride-goers. Help us organize against it and create ways for us to show our positive pride, rather than participate in jingoist and assimilationist displays. We want to build a broad coalition to talk about the possibilities of how to do this. Contact us for our next meeting time! And spread the word!

An open letter to the LGBTQ community in Boston:

This year's Boston Pride theme is going to be "American Pride". This theme clearly does not represent us all. While we still do not have the rights that many others enjoy, and struggle day to day to keep ourselves alive and sane in this country at such a critical time, how can the Pride organizers be so presumptuous as to say that we are all proud to be Americans right now? Many of us are not proud to be part of any system or institution that is oppressive towards us as well as people all over the world. Who could be proud of the detainment of hundreds after 9/11, of racial profiling, neverending war, and curtailed civil liberties?

As LGBTQ people, we have our own histories of curtailed civil liberties and profiling. It's about time we remember what Pride is all about, how it started, and stand next to our friends all over the world who are facing extreme oppression and death as a result of "American" ideas of freedom.

Do you want to be part of the struggle to organize against this year's Pride theme of "American Pride"? Be part of a movement to recognize the radical roots of our struggle, and create and define our own sense of pride. Remember our own history of the fight for liberation. Our pride will not be defined for us. We will not be spoken for in this way.

If you want to join various community activists and build a broad movement for a positive Boston Pride for all of us, please contact the Stonewall Warriors of ANSWER at 617/522-6626, or email iacboston (at) iacboston.org.
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