San Francisco's mayor to opt out of Pride parade over ban on police participating in uniform

San Francisco Mayor London Breed will not march in the city’s Pride parade next month if participating police officers are not allowed to wear uniforms, Lo ha detto il sindaco in una nota lunedì.

The event’s board of directors decided on May 11 that off-duty police officers who march in the June 26 parade are not allowed to wear their uniforms, said San Francisco Pride spokesperson Kevin Kopjak. Officers are still allowed to participate and show representation for the department through T-shirts, said Kopjak.
In response to the ban, the San Francisco Police Officer’s Pride Alliance, which includes police, the fire department and the sheriff’s office, said on Monday LGBTQ employees have decided not to march in the paradein order to take a stand against the discriminatory actions of the board of the SF Pride committee.
      In previous years, Kopjak said, the police department participated by having acontingent in the parade.
        Not allowing uniformed police officers to participate at Pride events isn’t new. L'anno scorso, tutti e due New York City Pride and The Center on Colfax, which organizes Denver Pride, announced they would no longer allow police officers to host exhibitions or participate in the parades while in uniform.
          Nel 2017, Pride Toronto banned uniformed police officers and their floats from participating. Nel 2020, the Vancouver Pride Society followed suit, saying it should have done so earlier.
          Breed said in a statement that she made the decision to support members of the LGBTQ community who serve in uniform.
          People dance in the annual Pride parade in San Francisco in 2017.

          If the Pride Board does not reverse its decision, I will join our city public safety departments that are not participating in the Pride Parade,” said Breed in a statement.
          The unanimous decision by the event’s board came after more than a year of discussion with SFPD’s Pride Alliance following a 2019 incident between protesters and responding officers, Interim Executive Director Suzanne Ford told CNN.
          The board made the decision, knowing it was the right thing to do,” lei disse. “We are disappointed in Mayor Breed’s decision, but look forward to working with her and law enforcement agencies in finding a solution that is satisfactory to all.
            After two years without a parade due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 52nd annual San Francisco Pride weekend is set for June 25 e 26, secondo la sua sito web.
            The San Francisco Police Department supports the decision of our LGBTQ+ officers,” ha detto il dipartimento in un comunicato. “Even though our members may not be marching in this year’s Pride Parade, the San Francisco Police Department will be on hand to ensure that everyone attending and participating in SF Pride Weekend activities enjoys a safe and celebratory Pride Weekend in San Francisco.

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