Monterey Peninsula Pride wants to hear from YOU! If you’re a member of the local Queer community, we would like to invite you to the first-ever Queer Community Dialogue: Our Community’s Relationship With Local Law Enforcement.
In May 2018, the Monterey Peninsula Pride Board of Directors received an outpour of emails expressing that police presence would be unwanted at Pride due to mistreatment of intersecting identities such as race, disability, class, and gender minorities. The Board, after lengthy deliberation, decided that police would not be permitted to participate in uniform at Monterey Peninsula Pride 2018. The Board then released a Statement on Police Presence at Pride. Shortly following the announcement of the decision, the Board received another outpour of emails in support of police presence at Pride. The Board held their decision and moved forward in stride with the promise of discovering what the intersectional Queer community needs and how best to approach this controversial issue.
Please join us on Sunday, March 31st from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Marina Library. Here we will share stories of all kinds to unveil the relationship between the intersectional Queer community and local law enforcement as well as workshop the question: How can we maintain safety at Pride events while practicing inclusivity to intersectional identities? This is ultimately a Queer space although police have been invited to attend out of uniform. ASL and Spanish Interpreters will be at the event.
You can also share your story by sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org