LGBT refugee organization withdraws from Vancouver Pride parade due to police participation

A local organization dedicating to helping LGBT refugees is pulling out of the Vancouver Pride parade to protest police participation.

Rainbow Refugee has marched in the parade for 10 years.

In an open letter to the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS), Rainbow Refugee board chair Sharalyn Jordan explained that many of its members come from countries where they faced homophobic, transphobic, and HIV–related persecution and discrimination.

While some members felt that developing a relationship with the police to have them marching in Pride is an accomplishment, other members had a pervasive fear and distrust of police.

Yea that’ll win hearts and minds.

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