ST. LOUIS — Pride St. Louis, the organizer of the city’s main Pride Parade, has asked the St. Louis police not to march in uniform in this year’s parade.
PSL made the announcement in a Facebook post:
Pride St Louis, Inc. Board of Directors has asked, and they have agreed that the St Louis Police Department and St. Louis County Police Department will not march in uniform or official entries in this year’s Pride Parade June 30th out of respect to the honoring of Stonewall 50.
Pride organizers globally have acknowledged the symbolism of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and many other Pride events are not having officers in uniform marching in pride parades.
We value our strong and important relationship with all officers and The City of St Louis and St. Louis County.
Pride St Louis welcomes LGBTQIA officers and their families to participate in the parade, however not in uniform.
Reaction on the post itself was strong, with a majority of comments saying it was discriminatory and exclusionary, despite the fact that the officers can still march, just not in uniform.
Metro Trans Umbrella Group, one of the grand marshals for this year’s parade, welcomed the announcement.
“This movement started as a defiant act of resistance against our oppressors the police,” said MTUG Executive Director Sayer Johnson. “We believe it is appropriate and time to not have uniformed police in the parade. It’s overdue. We are grateful to the Parade organizers for doing their best to try to center trans expansive folx.”