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Twin Cities Pride Statement – June 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINNEAPOLIS (June 23, 2017) – Earlier this week Twin Cities Pride made a decision to forego uniformed, off-duty police officers from participating in the beginning of the Twin Cities Pride Parade. We would like to apologize to the law enforcement community for neglecting to communicate and consider input for other possible alternatives prior to releasing the details of this decision.
Following its release, we received input from impacted parties and through this input we recognize this decision has made members of the law enforcement community feel excluded, which is contrary to our mission to foster inclusion. Our intent is and was to respect the pain that the people of color and transgender communities have experienced as of late, but our original approach fell short of our mission.
As of yesterday afternoon, we productively met with representatives of these parties, including Chief Harteau of the Minneapolis Police Department and Roxanne Anderson, Executive Director of The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, in an effort to create a cohesive, unifying alternative which is inclusive of each perspective on this issue.
One unmarked police car will clear the way as originally stated, and we would like to invite members of the law enforcement community to participate in the parade by holding the Unity, or marching alongside the Rainbow, Bisexual, or Transgender flags.
To our transgender and people of color communities, we will continue to respect your pain and angst by bridging the divide and continuing conversations on both sides of this issue to ensure we consider alternatives that make each group feel comfortable and safe.
Twin Cities Pride will also continue to keep communication channels open with all community members to ensure our events and activities that provide a place to foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and to celebrate our achievements.
Dot Belstler, Executive Director and
Twin Cities Pride Board of Directors
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2017 Pride Dates
- June 8 – Grand Marshal Reception and Art Show Opening, Radisson RED
- June 11 – Equality March for Unity and Pride, Minnesota State Capitol
- June 14 – Pride Family Event: A Year with Toad and Frog, Children’s Theatre Company
- June 15 – Third Thursday: Pride, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- June 16 – Official Pride Kick-Off Party with Sunrise Banks, Sunrise Banks Headquarters
- June 17 – Pride Night at the Lynx, Xcel Energy Center
- June 18 – Pride Family Picnic, Como Park Pavilion
- June 22 – Pride Presents: Tig Notaro with special guest Fortune Feimster, State Theatre
- June 22 & June 24-25 – Pirates of Penzance by One Voice Mixed Chorus, Raspberry Island in St. Paul
- June 23 – The Pride Beer Dabbler, Loring Park
- June 23 – Pride Night at the Saints
- June 24 – Pride in Concert: En Vogue & Brian Justin Crum, Loring Park
- June 24-25 – The Pride Festival with 4 free stages of Entertainment, Loring Park
- June 25 – Rainbow Run 5K, Boom Island Park
- June 25 – Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade, Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis
- Twin Cities Pride Announces: Pride Presents Tig Notaro with special guest Fortune Feimster
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- Twin Cities Pride Statement June 23