April 28, 2017 at 7:37 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Capital Pride volunteer ousted over trans remark
Bryan Pruitt, gay news, Washington Blade

Bryan Pruitt (Photo courtesy Twitter)

Organizers of D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Parade and Festival on Wednesday asked for and received the resignation of a volunteer event producer because of comments he made about transgender people in a May 2016 article in the conservative blog RedState that Pride officials consider offensive.

“As soon as the Capital Pride board was made aware of the May 2016 RedState article by Bryan Pruitt, a Capital Pride volunteer, we immediately asked for and received his resignation,” a Capital Pride statement posted on its Facebook page says.

“The Capital Pride Alliance board, staff, and volunteers have zero tolerance for transphobia in any form and remain deeply committed to supporting the trans community through our work and programs,” the statement says.

Capital Pride’s action seeking Pruitt’s resignation came after a local coalition called No Justice No Pride posted an excerpt of Pruitt’s RedState article on Facebook and other social media outlets and demanded that Capital Pride disassociate itself from him.

Bernie Delia, Capital Pride’s president, said that although Capital Pride’s board agreed it was necessary to seek Pruitt’s resignation it would “absolutely not” agree to additional demands by the No Justice No Pride coalition that it ban D.C. police from participating in this year’s Pride parade and festival and that it ban corporate sponsors, including Wells Fargo Bank, from participating in all Pride events.

“It has been with the support and resources of our diverse sponsors and corporate partners that Capital Pride has been able to grow and thrive,” said Delia, who added that corporate supporters have strong records of support for the LGBT community and LGBT rights.

No Justice No Pride issued a press release on Wednesday stating what it says has been the longtime concern of its supporters and members that Capital Pride, like LGBT Pride groups in other cities, has become beholden to corporate sponsors and too supportive of D.C. police, which No Justice No Pride says have directly and indirectly oppressed “predominantly queer and trans people of color.”

Drew Ambrogi, a spokesperson for No Justice No Pride, told the Washington Blade that the coalition believes its positions enjoy support from a growing segment of the LGBT community during the current political climate in Washington, where the Trump administration is seeking to roll back government support for LGBT people.

Angela Peoples, executive director of the national LGBT direct action organization Get Equal, told the Blade in a phone interview on Thursday that her group fully supports the efforts and positions taken by No Justice No Pride.

“I have been working with Drew and other folks that are organizing this effort,” Peoples said. “So the effort and the demands of the No Justice No Pride effort is very much aligned with the work Get Equal has been doing and is continuing to do,” she said.

Ambrogi said the coalition, among other things, is calling on Capital Pride to disinvite D.C. police, including the police LGBT Liaison Unit, from participating in the D.C. Pride parade and festival.

He said the coalition also wants Capital Pride to no longer allow corporate sponsors or corporations in general to participate in the festival and parade and wants Capital Pride to remove its funds from a Wells Fargo Bank and remove from the Capital Pride board one of its members who is a Wells Fargo employee.

The press release says Wells Fargo has given financial support for the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been opposed by environmentalists; and is a major investor in private prisons and immigrant detention centers. Ambrogi said LGBT people, including trans people, have been disproportionately impacted in a negative way by private prisons.

“The community is paying attention and recognizing that for too long, Capital Pride has colluded with the very forces that oppress queer and trans individuals,” No Justice No Pride says in its press release.

“Their willingness to turn a blind eye to transphobia, accept money from corporations that profit off of the incarceration of queer and trans people — predominantly queer and trans people of color — and celebrate the Metropolitan Police Department, indicate a fundamental disregard for large swaths of our community,” the press release says.

It says D.C. police have carried out “Prostitution free zones, allowing officers to harass and arrest women guilty of walking while trans.”

“We must reject the appeasing and centrist politics of the LGBT establishment,” the press release concludes. “Now more than ever, we must not allow Pride to be a de-politicized, corporatized, white-washed celebration.”

Delia said Capital Pride takes strong exception to many of No Justice No Pride’s assertions.

“The press release includes many inaccuracies and they are engaging in oppressive tactics that do not align with the very essence of what they claim to seek,” Delia told the Blade in a statement.

“Capital Pride is extremely mindful and thoughtful of our role in serving the entire community and growing our events in a way that fosters pride and community,” he said. “Pride is an inclusive event and the Capital Pride Alliance supports all members of the LGBTQA community to participate in Capital Pride.”

His statement added, “We strive to bring people together, foster dialogue, and create an environment of understanding from all perspectives.”

 Delia noted that Capital Pride’s activities include Capital Trans Pride, an event scheduled for May 20 that celebrates the transgender community.

 Some of the city’s most prominent transgender advocates, including Earline Budd and Ruby Corado, have said that although police abuse of trans people has been a serious problem, the instances of abuse have declined and police officials, including the previous and current police chiefs, have been supportive of the trans community.

The excerpt from Pruitt’s article that the No Justice No Pride coalition singled out states: “There is not an epidemic of trans people being denied access to public facilities. Trans people safely use bathrooms every day, mostly because if they are truly trans, other folks don’t even notice.”

Pruitt, a gay Republican activist and former president of D.C.’s Log Cabin Republicans, told the Blade on Thursday that the excerpt takes out of context the premise of his article, which is entitled “Grabbing Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory.”

He noted that the article pointed out, in the midst of the 2016 presidential election, that far-left leaning Democrats and the “gay left” were unwittingly playing into the hands of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and hurting Democratic contender Hillary Clinton by making an issue of the controversial transgender bathroom controversy.

“I’m a hundred percent supportive of the trans community,” Pruitt told the Blade. “I have always been and always will be supportive of the trans community,” he said. “I have friends that are trans. I believe in full rights for the trans community.”

In his article Pruitt called the LGBT rights ordinance passed by the Charlotte, N.C., City Council, “a solution in search of a problem,” calling it an “unnecessary law” that prompted the North Carolina Legislature to make “an equally overreaching response” by passing its controversial “bathroom” law banning trans people from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Pruitt’s views on the issue were out of step with the position of most of the nation’s LGBT rights organizations that expressed the view that the Charlotte LGBT rights law was needed to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Well, it appears that the article was quite prescient, right?

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    And only the wait staff knows for sure.

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  • YouAintLivnInDaRealWorld

    This is just another attack on free speech and gay men by the trans mafia, illegals and BLM terrorists that are taking over all things gay. Just like the corporations most of us will not support this corruption of gay rights to benefit these outside agendas. When you lose enough support you’ll either come to your senses or have to fund these former gay prides and gay organizations out of your pockets and we all know that isn’t going to happen.

    • lnm3921

      Agree that bringing too many non-community issues into our goal for full equality and rights under the law only dilutes the mission
      .
      We’re also better off having police included than labeling them as enemy and not inviting them. What if other violence or opposition shows up to our marches or events especially in the form of a terror attack! Who will be there to intervene? It’s really short-sighted. Everyone needs security at their events now!

      In the fight for equality we don’t want to refuse the support of corporations that are willing to support us and include us in their non-discrimination policies! No one is going to want to pay a hefty fee to attend these events to cover the costs and without money we have no presence or visibility! People are free to not attend but don’t ruin it for everyone else!

    • climate3

      BLM terrorists? Seriously! Your mindset stems from an unfortunate side issue of our community, i.e. that the only voices which people will listen to or that matters stems from white gay men. Granted, I’m not one for disinviting the police but all of this backlash comes from not recognizing the true diversity of our community and not helping the visibility of segments of our community whose stories are just as vital and important. Not all of us fit the stereotype of skinny young twinks who grow up to be hot gay men in big cities.

      • Kemwit Tall Tree

        I really don’t want hate groups like BLM and BDS steering the agenda for things like Pride. Keep the agenda about gay rights and stop this dilution of our events and focus.

        It’s ridiculous to demand that the Metro Police be disinvited because they arrest prostitutes. Really? Do you think that is a position with much traction?

        At what point do all those gay men that you just smeared decide to pull their support and $$$ from these events and organizations since they have been hijacked by extremists?

        • climate3

          Check your history. No movement for human rights was successful without intersction. And if we focused solely on what you wanted, we would still be in the same state. For gay black men, things like police brutality is still an issue. Knowing this comes from recognizing that our movement naturally intersects with other movements. Also, the gay men u talk about aren’t the only people with money. I smeared no one. Just relaying a common fact that there is a refusal by SOME to recognize others in our community who don’t fit a stereotype. One last thing. I said I do not approve of disinviting the police or not letting them attend.

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            You callously smeared white gay men and now you backtrack? All one has to do is read your post, it is pretty transparent.

            Newsflash – if you want to have a productive dialogue with other groups of people, you may want to abstain from insulting them because they have different perspectives.

          • climate3

            Actually I dont backtrack from anything. What I said about not disinviting the police is in my original comment. And I stand by what i said regarding IMAGES used to describe the lgbt community in general. Lastly, the paternalistic patronizing statement you threw at me in your last train of thought proves the point I have been making. You made your statement and i made a statement disagreeing with you. That’s a healthy dialogue. If you feel insulted, that’s your problem. Talking down to me doesn’t help your argument.

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Keep all of your PC hogwash to yourself …”patriachy”, “intersectionality”….it’s a load of BS and this isn’t a college campus gender studies class!!!

            Newsflash – the gay community is politically diverse and not all of us buy into your BS marxist ideology!

            Keep your violence promoting and hateful BLM, BDS and Antifa types out of Pride, they don’t reflect the positive message we should be sending the world!

  • Kemwit Tall Tree

    Shocking. This is an attack on the free speech rights of this man who is entitled to his opinion.

    Many in the DC gay community support the police dept. and the difficult job they do protecting citizens. Corporations employ us and help pay the costs of events Nothing wrong with that, it should be welcomed!

    Finally, concentration camps for gay men are set up in Chechnya and so-called gay leaders are worried about the Keystone pipeline?

    I think I’ll go to the beach this coming pride weekend. No thanks. Obviously, our organizations have succumbed to extremist orthodoxy and no longer represent all of us.

    • Katrina Rose

      “This is an attack on the free speech rights”

      Capital Pride isn’t a governmental entity, is it?

      Something tells me you’d be singing a different tune if the person in question was Maggie Gallagher and the ‘speech’ was anti-gay rather than anti-trans.

      • Kemwit Tall Tree

        Shove it sweety!

        I support Maggie Gallagher’s right to say whatever she pleases. It’s America ya know and her free speech is protected under the law. Good ideas rise to the top and bad ones go down!

        It’s only some the Trans community which seems intent on smearing decent members of our community because they have different opinions on things. Doesn’t work that way in the real world snowflake!

        • Katrina Rose

          Have a nice day in Maryland!

    • BigGaySteve

      I am surprised the organization sided with the cops, maybe some will even be smart enough to oppose importing moslem beheaders with taxpayer money.

      • Kemwit Tall Tree

        Yeah exactly. I think the Pride management is coming across as a bunch of spineless cucks in this matter. I feel sorry for the guy they smeared for no good reason at all. He was nice enough to VOLUNTEER his time and effort to this event and they treated him shabbily.

  • Didn’t the gay community, or its organized professional class, demonstrate their irrelevance and impotence last November?

    • lnm3921

      You back again!? Didn’t you demonstrate your irrelevance and impotence with your defeat after running for DC mayor? Go back to writing for your right-wing rags Pillsbury dough boy! Fake news!

      • Another tragic victim of government schools. So sad. Illiterate and hiding behind a sock puppet name. You really should be braver President Obama. Now that you are out. And you’ve completely destroyed your party and made it a minority party that only survives in a handful of dysfunctional cities that are dependent on federal subsidies.

        • lnm3921

          At least I got a higher education and didn’t have to rely on a GED from a paper mill!

          Why are you a freelance writer? Can’t get hired by a legitimate news service full-time?

          Maybe Trump will hire you as he loves spin doctors!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            ?????????????Legitimate News Service = Fake News! Even Bernie says so! LOL

          • lnm3921

            Trump’s tweeter account is fake news! Still waiting on proof of voter fraud and wire tapping!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Evidently, so is CNN and the Washington Post according to progressives like Jimmy Dore and Bernie Sanders!

          • lnm3921

            I’ll believe them before I believe anything from Trump and his administration. Where’s the proof of their spin?

            Trump’s outrageous allegation are alone enough to show he’s clueless and a manipulative liar!

            Independent voter? One that bashes progressives endlessly sounds like a conservative!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Well, Wikileaks for one! CNN leaks to the Clinton Campaign by Donna Brazile? How about Deborah Wasserman Schultz helping to shut out the Bernie Sanders campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton?

            I didn’t realize people still consider the Democratic Party progressive! I think you are a tad out of touch!!!!

          • lnm3921

            WikiLeaks obviously favored a Donald Trump Presidency! They are in collusion with Russia!

            If the Dems are not Progressive then why does Trump always refer to them as “liberal” Democrats?!

            Obviously there is a lot you DON’T know!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            LOL..no one forced the dems to badmouth Catholics, to leak CNN debate questions and to uncover how the Dems rigged the primaries against Bernie….

            I don’t use Trump as a gauge on anything….LOL He would call John Birch a liberal if he got traction from it.

          • lnm3921

            Really? The Buck is supposed to stop with the POTUS! Sad!

            We need similar leaks to expose the GOP and Trump Administration equally. Kelly Anne Should be in Jail for breaking the law in promoting Ivanka’s products!

            As for Flynn, Lock him up!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Like I said, I could care less if the Trumpsters go down in flames! Maybe we could get Bernie Sanders to run again!!! This time as an indepedent!

          • lnm3921

            Why don’t you? Will he be able to walk by then?!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            It would be nice to have a party that fights for the average american instead of the Republicans and the Republicans Lite (Dems). Screw the Clintons, Pelosis and Schumers who are big money millionaires who cater to the same Wall streeters as do the Trumps. Who are you kidding?

          • lnm3921

            Obviously with your fake POTUS in office and Republicans in control of Congress, looking out for big money billionaires and corporations is all you can expect!

            I can already see that the Trump tax plan will pull more people into poverty not raise them out of it! It’s like a pay cut for the Middle Class! Welfare for the rich!

            Trump is only looking out for his own welfare and sadly his non wealthy supporters are too clueless to realize it!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            So the alternative is any better? Who pays for Schumer’s campaign but his buddies in Wall St Banks! The Dems are just less obvious about sticking it to us!!!!!

          • lnm3921

            Yes, I’m sure it would be! Schumer is already on record supporting tax reform that benefits the Middle Class NOT rich millionaires!

            No Republicans in Congress have been funded by special interests?! It’s all the bad Dems for you and thus acceptable for the Republicans!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Its easy to support something you know has no traction and will never see the light of day, isn’t it.

          • lnm3921

            So you admit that the poor and Middle Class getting tax cuts won’t happen under the Trump plan, right? It’s all about the rich!!!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Like I said…screw Trump and the Dems too! They all work in Unison for big $$$$$.

          • lnm3921

            So who are you for? Wikileaks?

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            I’m an Independent Progressive…outside of the two party bubble! We are the new wave of politics so get used to it captain out of touch!

          • lnm3921

            You’re a soggy wave of politics? If you’re so in touch and powerful why aren’t the people you want in control of the POTUS and Congress?! Talk about being out of touch!

            The Empress has no clothes!

          • Rofl. And your masters were elected? You are too stupid to live. Your owners should put you down, as the Clintons seem to have one with so many of their associates.

          • lnm3921

            We don’t have masters, slavery was abolished but you’re hoping to bring it back!

            You’re too stupid PERIOD!

          • The fact that someone defends Schumer or any of the other geriatric kleptocrats of the Democratic Party disqualifies them from consideration as an intelligent adult.

          • lnm3921

            Says the failed wannabe politician! Get a real job!

            Maybe Trump can get you a job at a coal mine!

          • Are your actually so ignorant that you don’t realize third party candidates run to acquire ballot status for their parties when your masters try to make it illegal for voters to register for other parties?

          • lnm3921

            It’s the Republican party that creates obstacles for people to vote in elections Dopey!

          • Being President does nothing for Trump’s “welfare.”

          • lnm3921

            Working it so he doesn’t pay any taxes in tax reform would! Who are you kidding?!
            He needs to release his tax returns so we can see his conflicts of interest!

          • Don’t you even get info from your own masters’ propaganda mills? Rachel Madcow published one of Trump’s recent returns and it showed he paid over 100 million in taxes that year. Are you a complete airhead?

          • lnm3921

            Goofy, only a portion of Trump’s tax returns were released. We need to see the whole picture in particular his overseas investments!

          • In other words, you, an illiterate, knows better how these unwashed voters should have voted, and democracy should be suppressed. Typical DC ‘crat.

          • lnm3921

            They are unwashed as they work in coal mines. Many people didn’t vote so stop whining about having a mandate! Once people realize how Trump’s plan makes them pay more they’ll have a wake up call!

            But you conservatives don’t care if the country burns to ashes as long as you are in power! You’re as useless as the tea party!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            BTW – Barack Obama just collected a $400K fee from a Wall Street Bank this week!

          • lnm3921

            So what? All past POTUS collect speaking fees. He’s not in office anymore! Our problems are with Trump, his administration and the GOP agenda in Congress!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Oh yeah …and the Russians are coming!!!!! LOL

          • lnm3921

            They don’t have to come. They can hack for Trump from Russia!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Wikileaks just released how the Clinton Campaign created the messaging about Russian hackers to explain why she lost……Good grief…to you think many people are buying this “Red Scare” nonsense?

          • lnm3921

            So the major intelligence agencies including the FBI Director’s own claims are a red scare now are they?

            Good grief Charlie Brown, Lucy was right about you!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            They came up with pretty much nothing of substance….only the Democratic shills are pushing this Red Scare nonsense thinking people can’t see it for what it is – Smokescreen. New McCarthyism….

          • lnm3921

            So what is Trump peddling with his voter fraud and wire tapping claims? A smoke-screen to move the focus from him!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Trump is transparent about what he wants…Unlike the Dems who are just shilling away telling people they fight for the workers or disenfranchised. What a colossal joke!

          • lnm3921

            Really? You mean his wall, Muslim Travel bans, no Obamacare AND a tax cut for himself and his rich friends?
            The real joke is Trump claiming he’s fighting for the workers or disenfranchised! That you ignore!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            No one believed him in the first place, they were just voting against Hillary cause she was awful! If you want a clue, check out Jimmy Dore on You tube to get an update on the state of affairs outside the Beltway!

          • lnm3921

            No one believed him? Really? I’ve seen enough clips on the news of his gullible supporters saying they expect him to do a lot for them! And the don’t live within the beltway!

          • There has never been a Muslim travel ban.

          • lnm3921

            Trump signed an executive order to implement one!

          • Trump signed a moratorium on travel from 7 countries identified by the Obama administration as having no records systems to vet identities. You are an uninformed parrot.

          • lnm3921

            If I was a parrot, I’d organize my avian allies to dive bomb your car and head with mass droppings!

          • Those claims have been proven true. Only a liar or idiot would deny it.

          • lnm3921

            Show your proof! The liar is Trump and the idiot is you!

          • Squawk! Waiting for your cracker?

          • lnm3921

            Offer me one. I’d love to bite your finger off then claw you!!! Squawk, squawk!

          • I think yo are talking to a wannabe but unemployed Democrat shill.

          • The intelligence agencies run by Obama appointees who never offered any proof or documents about that? The same ones run by people like Clapper who lied to Congress and said American citizens weren’t spied on by the NSA?

          • lnm3921

            They’d have to compromise national security to do so clueless! Where’s the voter fraud proof?!

          • I thought you said there was no wire tapping of the Trump campaign. Now you say intelligence agencies were spying on him. Poor twit.

          • lnm3921

            I said there was no wiretapping by Obama personally. Try and keep up!

          • This cluelessness is why your party is dead. Like your brain.

          • lnm3921

            Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel secure. Otherwise just keep your thumb in your mouth and security blanket close!

          • Didn’t Hillary have trouble walking, and even standing up, throughout her campaign?

          • lnm3921

            Did you glaze over the fact that she caught something and had to recover? Well, you pretty much glazer over reality anyway, so no surprise!

          • The GOP was hacked as well. There just wasn’t’ the same level of dirt to publicize as their was with the rigged Democrats and the kleptocratic Clintons.

          • lnm3921

            GOP hack. Yup, that’s you! Which one are you Curly, Larry or Moe?!

          • Flynn is one of the Democrats among Trump’s appointees.

          • lnm3921

            Must be a DINO given his call to lock Hillary up and support for the Trump campaign not hers!

          • Wikileaks simply published documents the American pro-Hillary corporate media kept hidden. The documents revealed that Hillary and the DNC were crap.

          • lnm3921

            They evidently have ties to Putin like your fake POTUS! Evidently Breitbart does, too! Are you on Putin’s payroll, too?!

          • No one cares what you believe. You are a cretin worshipping a dead party. You are a waste of space and a defender of worldwide misogyny and homophobia.

          • lnm3921

            Is that the trash you submit to Breitbart? Well, you are “no one” that’s for sure! Stuff your mouth with some cake again!

          • Such sad attempts at wit. I can lose 20 lbs anytime. But you can never acquire the 20 IQ points you need to add to come up to an average intelligence.

          • lnm3921

            You don’t walk you waddle. I hear you get more bounce to the ounce! You evidently can’t lose weight above the neck!

          • You people aren’t progressives you are regressives. You kidnap black kids and sell them to the NEA in exchange for donations to your candidates. You are among the most vicious racists on the planet.

          • lnm3921

            Right, that’s why Trump and his supporters bash immigrants in particular those south of the border!

            Build a wall at the Mexican border but not the Canadian one? Criminals and terrorists can’t cross over from the North just the South.

          • You’d have to be able to read tard boy. Obama spied on everyone from James Rosen to Angela Merkel to Sheryl Attkisson. Only illiterates like you haven’t read about it. And many groups are producing evidence of voter fraud every day. Learn to work a search engine. No one has time for a mental toddler with a filthy diaper like you. You are boring and dumb. Get lost.

          • lnm3921

            When you can prove that Obama wiretapped Trump then you can talk. Stick to what you know to do which is eat NOT think!

          • lnm3921

            Washington Times is another right-wing rag!

          • lnm3921

            Daily Caller? What is that? Another right-wing rag you write for? We want legitimate news not fake news!

          • lnm3921

            The POTUS doesn’t actually directly spy on anyone. The CIA does! I’m sure we can trace that going on before the Obama administration!

          • I have a real job in addition to writing for a variety of publications. As with everything else about you, your information about me seems to be inadequate.

          • lnm3921

            You write yellow journalism and the only job your fit for is one asking if someone wants fries with that!!

          • I rather suspect my education, even just the formal part of it, outclasses yours. If it doesn’t you really should join some class action lawsuit against your community college.

          • lnm3921

            If you’re a product of the American education system, it’s a disgrace!

  • Self-described “queer people of color” look hypocritical and like their goal is simply to silence political opinions.

    For years – I’ve videotaped it in the past – the D.C. Pride march has the same pattern: first are local political incumbents from Evans to Norton to whomever is Mayor; second are corporate sponsors and bar floats with semi-naked boys; bringing up the rear are Asian transvestites and transsexuals and black gay church groups.

    In the past I’ve asked about this and I was told by Pride organizers and volunteers that it had to be that way. If Eleanor Holmes Norton etc. are not allowed to be first, they won’t show up.

    Why have these “queer people of color” never spoken up before and advocated that the politically connected and powerful and those not so connected and empowered be randomly distributed in the Pride march?

    • lnm3921

      Mike Pence attended the March for Life. Trump spoke before the NRA giving them support.

      Can we expect your Fake POTUS to attend the Pride March or someone high level and high profile from his administration showing unequivocal support?

  • Steve Wiles

    This idiot states that, “Trump administration is seeking to roll back government support for LGBT people.” That is a BOLD FACED LIE.

    • lnm3921

      What has Trump said or done about gay men in Chechnya exactly? He’s been silent on the entire issue despite saying he would protect GLBT!

      Then Trump pulled support for challenging the trans policy before the SCOTUS. He’s been on record supporting the appointment of judges that will revoke marriage equality while supporting religious freedom laws! Sounds like you’re living a BOLD FACED DENIAL!

      • Kemwit Tall Tree

        Wasn’t it Bill Clinton who signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and DOMA back in the day? I don’t remember Hillary Clinton supporting marriage for us until there was total political cover.
        I think you may be in denial too.

        • lnm3921

          Who cares what Bill Clinton did 20 years ago? Hillary evolved like everyone else did on these issues and was clear about supporting our rights as does the Democratic Party Platform! Your old man Trump NEVER has and your GOP party platform still clearly opposes GLBT rights!

          Your lord king flip flopper keeps swaying in the wind with incompetence! Your right-wing politics blind you to reality!

          Your tall tree is tumbling, leaves rotting and its branches are wilting! You must have termites!

          • Yes as soon as the SCOTUS legalized gay marriage Democrat incumbents embraced it. Yawn.

          • lnm3921

            Actually, Democrats were embracing it before the SCOTUS ruled on the issue. Obama put his re-election campaign on the line supporting it. For a writer, you’re really bad at time lines. Stop giving us your alternative “facts”! We want reality!

            When is the GOP going to embrace it?! SAD!

          • Obama spoke out against gay marriage in 2008 and Hillary in 2012. It’s on youtube. The only memory hole is the one in your empty little head pookie.

            And if I were you I wouldn’t worry about my writing. You’d need to learn to read first. Your NEA schools failed you there. Too busy kidnapping black kids and selling them for donations to Democrats.

          • lnm3921

            Look Porky, Everyone was against Marriage “Equality” at one point. The difference is Obama and Hillary no longer oppose it. Trump and the GOP still do!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            You are making a lot of assumptions. I’m an independent voter and don’t support Trump either.

            You grovel for political scraps from Democrats, but in the end get precious little other than lip service from those who claim to be your allies at the national level.

            Really, at least the Republicans tell us to our face that we will get nothing from them. The Democrats are quickly becoming irrelevant to the political landscape in many places so they can’t deliver anything.

            It would be nice to have a new, viable political party that is effective!

          • lnm3921

            I’d rather have Dems in Office doing nothing for me than Conservative Republicans in office doing everything against me!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Dems can’t win anything anymore, so the point is moot. They are just corporatist shills pretending to care about anything but Walll Street $$$$

          • lnm3921

            Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel safe! The dysfunctional GOP Congress is divided. The Tea Party Caucus is the swamp that needs to be drained!
            After boasting that they would repeal Obamacare they failed when voters told them they wanted to keep it. The GOP has no alternative plan and scrambling to pull one together! Taxes will be even more complicated! They are failures!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Really? Then why did the Democratic party lose so many races at the local and state levels in recent elections? What planet are you living on? I’ll tell you why they lost ….because Wall Street can’t buy everyones votes!

          • lnm3921

            Local and State Levels are not the same as Federal Government! This is nothing new. Keep being smug and watch the Dems eventually take control. It’s a sooner or later situation.

            As voters realize the harm that Trump poses to them with his agenda, they will put Dems in the Senate at the very least to put him in check! It’s a matter of when not if!
            You lean Republican so don’t tell us you’re an independent!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            Really – last time I looked the republican party had both houses, the presidency and will soon get the supreme court stacked with right wingers.

            I voted for Jill Stein, so I guess that makes me “leaning republican”? Maybe you just don’t realize that identity politics don’t misdirect many as they are intended to do.
            It’s a smokescreen to divert away from the main issues about economics.

            I would suggest you watch a youtube clip by Jimmy Dore to get the pulse on progressive Americans….cause you are out of touch!

            We aren’t buying the BS by corporatist democratic shills anymore….if that means republicans get in then so be it!

          • I didn’t vote for Trump either, though I VASTLY prefer him to Hillary. It’s amazing how Democrats always think there are only two parties – because like the GOP they spend so much time trying to strangle any new party or movement, whether it’s Bernie or Gary Johnson.

          • climate3

            Proves my point in a discussion you and I had earlier on this thread. You probably wouldn’t be harmed if the GOP gets power. But lgbts of color, lower economic stauses and those who can’t “pass” will suffer. But who cares cause you got yours. Sad. And blocked.

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            You’re such a snowflake! You sound soooo concerned about others when in reality you are no different than anyone else…looking out for #1.

          • Your masters say this every two years. Beat that little empty head into the wall. Maybe Maxine will loan your her James Brown wig for some cushioning.

          • lnm3921

            Yours isn’t empty just full of fat…like the rest of you!!

            Eventually Dems will control Congress when Voters realize Trump’s agenda works against them and they want to put a break on it!

          • So Hillary – speaking of fat – spent $2 billion dollars to tell voters this and failed at it? What did she spend it on? Pork chops?

          • lnm3921

            When you do drag, your name is Bertha Minors and you buy at the plus size shops for your dresses!

          • The Democrats lost because their organizers and candidates are half wits like Imm3921. He’s probably (sorry, “sherm’s” probably) some minor campaign minion, Robbie Mook’s shoe polisher, who can’t get a job now that the Democrat Party doesn’t exist anymore outside of a few dysfunctional cities.

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            I agree. They are so self-absorbed, self-interested and out of touch it’s even obvious to the town drunk in Bug Tussle USA! I wouldn’t vote for anyone from that crowd…not even for dog catcher!

          • lnm3921

            They lost because many voters didn’t bother to vote assuming a blowhard like Trump couldn’t win. They’ll know better next time!

            Dysfunctional is the Tea Party and they are the Swamp that needs to be drained!

            I have a real job. When will you get one?!

          • Wow. So the Democrats lose another branch of government every 2 years and their voters just think it was a fluke each time? Maybe you should teach more Democrats how to read and write English so they are not so ignorant?

          • lnm3921

            The Democrats had the POTUS for 8 years. Trump just got in a few months ago and you think you have it all wrapped up!

            It’s not like this is the first time when the GOP had the POTUS and Congressional majority. But they’ve lost it and they will lose it again! It’s a matter of when NOT if and history shows that opposing party typically always takes over Congress eventually!

          • Do you think when he gets through with playing on Richard Branson’s island Obama will give you some of his $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee?

          • lnm3921

            Will Trump give you as much when he gets back from his endless golfing trips in Florida?

          • climate3

            Dude. That’s ridiculous. You work with the party you can work with. How many out lgbt GOP Congressional leaders as opposed to those in the DEM party? That’s saying something.

          • Because we are still living with Bill Clinton’s disasters just as we are still living with Obama’s.

          • lnm3921

            We are living with the disaster of Trump and the Tea Party in office! I doubt you have any life from the neck up!

      • Nicki Haley condemned the abuse of gays in Russia/Chechneya. What did Obama or Hillary ever say about the genocide of gays by jihadists?

        • lnm3921

          Nikki Haley is not the POTUS! Obama put our rights on the forefront and advocated for us in countries like Uganda and Russia! Kerry has, too.

          Obviously Trump and Tillerson don’t care! Why would Trump want to attack a Russia ally like Chechnya after all! He needs their help!

          • Uh huh. We all remember how Obama rescued all those gays being thrown off buildings and how he denied funds to the gay murderers in Tehran.

            Is your middle name Kapo by any chance?

          • lnm3921

            Alzheimer’s is setting in for you like Trump so don’t bank on your selective memory!

            Why does Trump’s travel ban exclude Saudi Arabia and other countries that murder GLBT?

          • You’d like him to ban people from more terrorist supporting states than just the 7 with no records system to vet people? I can agree with that.

          • lnm3921

            I’d like to see a policy that isn’t full of holes and dupes people like you into thinking we are safe! Why can’t they fly to Europe or Canada then come in here? Banning specific Muslim countries does nothing! You’re as dumb as they come!

          • Squawk!

          • lnm3921

            Sounds like your IBS with constipation is flaring up again!!!! That’s what happens when you’re so full of it!

            You had better get it checked before Trump and the GOP has your insurance exclude pre-existing conditions!

        • climate3

          And Hillary told the UN that gay rights are human rights. Trump has appointed anti-gay C-Fam folks to UN committees.

    • climate3

      That’s not a lie.

  • Harshan

    I do not like the idea of zero tolerance applied to anything. It means you can’t take circumstances into account, you can’t discover and clear up misunderstandings, the offender can’t apologize, and the parties can’t reconcile. And you can’t investigate root causes to find ways to prevent people from becoming offenders in the future.

    Even if the offenders deeply regret what they did and even if they want to reconcile, there is no path to redemption.

    But there is a big advantage to zero tolerance rules. Enforcing them requires no thought.

  • Didn’t the gay political class, from Robbie Mook and closet case Donna Brazille on down, demonstrate their irrelevance and impotence last November?

    • lnm3921

      Regurgitate the same stale lines over and over again much?!

      • I’m sure you do. After all, you seem to be alone Saturday nights.

        • lnm3921

          Kettle black!

  • Will Kohler

    More troubling is the demand about Police exclusion. Especially LGBT police. People who don;t want to be excluded and scream that they are want to exclude others so they feel more included. As many SJW activist like to say “The first Pride was a riot.”

    Yes it was. But it was against our true enemies not our own people.

    • I don’t know …a few LGBT police in DC have been rather scandal ridden this year.

      • Will Kohler

        thats the problem. Its “a few’ not all.

  • Didn’t the gay political class, from Robbie Mook and closet case Donna Brazille on down, demonstrate their irrelevance and impotence last November?

    • BigGaySteve

      Rob Mook should have changed his name from being an Ayn Rand villain.

  • Lovingdc

    This is absurd. The Red State article was about a political strategy that went wrong, and it was rightfully predicted. There was nothing Transphobic about the article. Timing is everything … get your candidate and advocate into office before defining and demanding controversial social issues. It is simple political strategy. Mr. Pruitt’s predictions were correct – the article was written before the Presidential Election. It sounds like Mr. Pruitt is for the Trans Community in the article, and how the LGBT Community would have pursued Trans Advocacy in a better fashion. There was a poor political play.

    Capital Pride leadership should take a look at themselves. Why would you put a volunteer under the bus and in the media, before vetting a non-organization of radical rabble rousers? This group should not have been given the time of day. They are a distraction from the celebration of Pride. By asking for Mr. Pruitt’s resignation, Capital Pride gave this group a voice of which is against Pride.

    My guess is that Mr. Pruitt volunteered for the Capital Pride organization out of passion, and not hate.

    Also, Capital Pride should announce the head-line entertainment before asking for hundreds of dollars for specialty package tickets.

    Very poorly done in my eyes. There should be more resignations at the leadership level at Capital Pride. Poor management.

    • If they had that much intelligence, Hillary would have won…or they would have picked a competent candidate.

  • Will Kohler

    According to the No Pride, No Justice Facebook page they are going to descend on the DC Pride Alliance Board Meeting en masse on May 5th and make demands,

  • climate3

    Yes you are sad. Slurring someone was not necessary.

  • CircusCircus

    As a District resident, I applaud Capital Pride for including the police. I do not believe that generalizations about an entire group of people can be applied to any member of the group. Capital Pride, please remain an inclusive organization by not banning those you have disagreements with. In your search to be inclusive, do not become exclusionary.

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