On Friday June 1, a few QueerToday members represented the Ask Tell Act Coalition and raised a hot pink flag as the Pride Committee raised the official rainbow flag. We also held our Solidarity banner, and handed out hot pink flyers to the crowd letting them know why we oppose the Pride theme.
We have been accused of being divisive, but the Ask Tell Act Coalition is succeeding in sparking important long overdue discussions in our community. We are standing in solidarity with all in celebrating Pride, and we are not attacking anyone. We are drawing attention to our community's forgotten history and to current struggles. We have a lot of support from within the community that is not heard publicly. Many people, old and young, are happy to see that there are queer people in Boston willing to stand up for liberation, and continue the spirit of resistance that build the foundation for our community's voice.
When a Pride Committee representative mentioned the military ball our group booed and members of the audience joined us with hissing. Our presence has been noted from the podiums at several major pride events so far, and we have been in the LGBT news papers the past several weeks. TakeMassAction has a full report and photos from Friday!
*Did you know hot pink was once a stripe on the official gay flag? It meant sexuality.