Contact: William Campillo firstname.lastname@example.org (505)203-8265
LITTLE ROCK TRANS QUEER LATINX LGBTQ FOLKS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH BLM LITTLE ROCK TO DENOUNCE RACISM WITHIN ALL LGBTQ SPACES IN ARKANSAS.
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - On October 16, 2016 Black Lives Matter Little Rock engaged in a direct action to denounce racism and boycott Club Sway (primary sponsor of Pride) for their continued support of anti-Blackness as exhibited by its drag performers. Their demands included that the Pride attendees boycott Club Sway until its employees undergo free anti-racism training and its owners implement practices that would prevent this incident from reoccurring.
During the nonviolent protest, a staff member assaulted a protester resulting in injury to the protester’s hand and a police officer threateningly pointed his taser at a protester. Staff members also cut the microphone off as protesters attempted to address the crowd, but allowed the owners of Club Sway to take the stage and address the crowd without interruption.
Latinx Revolucion LGBTQ stands in solidarity with our BLM siblings to denounce racism within all LGBTQ spaces, including but not limited to Club Sway. It is disappointing that queer and trans people of color continue to feel unsafe within “safe spaces.”
"In moments like this we are quickly reminded how much more work there needs to be done within our own LGBTQ movement. We see how anti blackness plays out within spaces, you can’t clap for our performance of culture but boo off the stage our black brothers and sisters! Now more then ever black and brown bodies must stand together " said William Campillo, undocumented queer latinx member of Revolution LGBTQ and GetEQUAL Organizer.
If Club Sway considers itself a safe space for LGBTQ people, we want to know “safe spaces” for whom? And what will Club Sway do to re-establish the trust it has broken with its Black and brown community? Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/RevolucionLGBTQAR . Interviews are available upon request.
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