Lady Bunny thinks the LGBT community should “cancel gay pride” if it’s going to become consumed by representation battles.
A Philadelphia-based campaign, More Color, More Pride, has announced its initiative to add a black and brown stripe to the rainbow flag. Now a universal symbol of gay pride, the rainbow flag was created by Gilbert Baker and debuted on San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The campaign wants to include the black and brown stripe to incorporate LGBT people of color, an often underrepresented group, into the symbol.
The veteran drag queen penned her thoughts on the requested change, and the adding of letters to the LGBT acronym, in a lengthy Facebook post.
“Let’s cancel gay pride! Instead, let’s just fight over the fucking flag this year! Let’s fight over the correct terms for everybody. Let’s dismiss everyone who doesn’t want to transition as a privileged cisgender. Let’s spar over the name of our own damn community–is it gay, LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA or did we bring back two spirits yet? I also saw a Y in there recently and have no idea what that even is,” Lady Bunny writes.
Lady Bunny continued that the LGBT community should put its energy into fighting bigger battles instead of flag colors.
“That’s a surefire way to make sure we’ll never get equal rights. Let’s boil it down to the tiniest arguments which will mean nothing in six months or even six days. If we took the energy and vitriol we reserved to pounce on one flag variation in one city and turned it on those who seek to destroy our rights, we’d be running the world tomorrow and we’d all have gorgeous new hairstyles to boot,” Lady Bunny went on.