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The Left Will Eat Itself II

In Vancouver, the gay leftists are clashing with the black leftists.

Arguing that the police “is an instrument of state violence and oppression” the Vancouver chapter of Black Lives Matter launched a campaign earlier this summer asking for the withdrawal of “any and all presence of uniformed police officers” from the annual celebration of LGBTQ communities.

But for the activists behind “Our Pride Includes Our Police,” this misrepresents the history of the relationship between local LGBTQ communities and police.

“Banning the police from the pride parade will undermine our commitment to diversity and inclusion and all the work we’ve done.”

Yeah, whatever. Gay Pride parades are stupid anachronisms anyway. Still, the contest of urination over who has been more oppressed is a neverending source of amusement.



  1. That very same government forces affirmative action, compulsory association and contracts, and AFFH, using the courts, badges and firearms to do it. At bottom, is there a difference?

    Comment by The Gentle Grizzly — February 17, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - February 17, 2017

  2. Wasn’t the Village People Cop Black? This is going to play havok for the cosplay and sing alongs if police outfits are banned from the celebration.

    Comment by Sandra — February 17, 2017 @ 2:42 pm - February 17, 2017

  3. I agree with V. Gay Pride parades have been anachronistic since at least the mid 80s. They’re not celebrations or affirmations. They’re what’s left of what was considered to be benign street protests. The Acronym Gays’ parades are an embarrassment to the non-vulgar. I’d rather stay home, waiting for my dreams to come true.

    Comment by Hanover — February 17, 2017 @ 2:48 pm - February 17, 2017

  4. Parades can be fun! Best way to see them is from the inside: Become a safety monitor on the parade route. Bring lots of energy and water, and have fun! I was a safety monitor at Pride San Francisco between 2000 and 2005 and had a ball!

    One year, I was a flow monitor trying to control the speed of the parade. One time, I was in the middle of Market Street, yelling “HURRY UP!” at tardy parade contingents four blocks away. I wish I had my camera with me. (But couldn’t — had to keep my arms free at all times.)

    Comment by Larry — February 17, 2017 @ 3:52 pm - February 17, 2017

  5. Well – not like anyone could tell gay leftists the problems of BLM demands would create. After all – there Are gay police officers, and they are – gay. Even if not acceptable to the current narrative or whatever.

    The problem has become one that has the left needing to continue even as gay people have largely won, and have a honest place within society. And all this without needing to have a revolution to overturn the government – or whatever. With the leftist control of the parades – it’s far better to enjoy life without needing to be bothered with all the stupid politics that define the LGBTQ-whatevers seen with this ‘problem’.

    Comment by Martel's son — February 17, 2017 @ 4:50 pm - February 17, 2017

  6. I have never liked Gay Pride parades for several reasons:

    1) Despite organizers’ statements that they were intended to show that gays were just like the rest of us, they did the exact opposite.

    2) Despite their rainbow flag supposedly to show inclusion, many gay groups were excluded, in particular the Pink Pistols.

    3) For many years they regularly included NAMBLA in their parades, yet rankled at suggestions that this shows that gays were pedophiles.

    4) The use of the word “pride” presumes a binary function with no middle ground. If you did not have pride, then you were ashamed. No middle ground. So, in order to show that they were not ashamed to be gay, the claimed that they had to be proud of it. Hey, I have blue eyes. I’m not ashamed of them, but I’m not proud of them. I simply have them. It isn’t a matter of pride or shame.

    Comment by Craig Smith — February 17, 2017 @ 5:02 pm - February 17, 2017

  7. “The left will eat itself”… faster, please.

    I must be racist for wondering what purpose BLM has in Canada (I don’t see any good from the US version). Canada never had slavery, never brought blacks to Canada against their will, and never had Jim Crow laws.

    Are they just raising hell? Looking for excuses?

    Comment by KCRob — February 17, 2017 @ 7:08 pm - February 17, 2017

  8. KCRob @8: Short answer? VIRTUE SIGNALLING.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — February 17, 2017 @ 7:56 pm - February 17, 2017

  9. One problem is some at the parade want to be oppressed by the Police, at least in the privacy of his bedroom…or convenient basement playroom.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — February 17, 2017 @ 8:05 pm - February 17, 2017

  10. Still, the contest of urination over who has been more oppressed is a neverending source of amusement.

    And some gays are really into that, too.

    Comment by Ignatius — February 17, 2017 @ 8:15 pm - February 17, 2017

  11. The Only Black Lives Matter group are a bunch of totalitarian Communists funded in part by George Soros. The day he dies a slow death will be great for America.

    Comment by davinci38 — February 17, 2017 @ 10:52 pm - February 17, 2017

  12. Parades can be fun! Best way to see them is from the inside: Become a safety monitor on the parade route.

    Agreed. I have done this for a large city parade in Flyover Country. (The organizers referred to the same position as “parade marshals”.) It’s a great way to interact, in a positive way, with cops who otherwise think of it as glorified babysitting. In certain ways, it’s even more important now for them to know that not everyone in nontraditional communities see them as predators or constantly looks at them with a side eye. (My experience was the first time I ever heard the term “Q-tip” as something other than a brand name for a health & beauty aid.)

    Both conservative gays and leftist gays need to get over their preconceived notions over what pride parades are. Conservative gays need to stop their pearl-clutching over an affair they feel doesn’t represent them and at which they view in much the same way a street preacher looks at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

    Leftist gays need to stop pretending that such events are “celebrations of our diversity”, an example of “why fighting for rights is still important”, or “demonstrations against a fascist and tyrannical government” (as I somehow expect the 2017 theme to reflect).

    Both sides need to realize they are parties, pure and simple. As such, they have both good and bad features, but no one is forced to participate in any element they do not wish to. They are not going away, any more than St Patrick’s Day parades or Mardi Gras in N’Awlins are. All of the aforementioned have activities and events timed around the respective parades but are otherwise unaffiliated and which one can partake without ever seeing a float or scantily-dressed fugly people. While there are many people who are essentially crowd-adverse and don’t do any type of large events, from county/state fairs to large concerts or truck rallies, there seems to be a fair amount who only have a problem with this type of large gathering. All such commemorative events have distasteful elements but if one focuses on those to the exclusion of any other experience then one is more likely to see them as basically negative affairs instead of something more neutral.

    Comment by RSG — February 18, 2017 @ 4:07 am - February 18, 2017

  13. I’m betting that the same conflict will arise in the SF Pride planning but that the SF pride committee will align with BLM.

    Comment by Niall — February 18, 2017 @ 10:40 am - February 18, 2017

  14. Canada never had slavery or Jim Crow laws, but it’s possible that, at one time or another, some Mountie had to shoot a bank robber in self-defense. Or that some black guy got a ticket when he parked his car in front of a fire hydrant. Or that some white person broke wind in the wrong direction. Any of those would be enough to get BLM “protesting” (i.e., rioting) in the streets.

    Comment by Tom — February 18, 2017 @ 3:55 pm - February 18, 2017

  15. I’m betting that the same conflict will arise in the SF Pride planning but that the SF pride committee will align with BLM.

    In the end, my bets are a standoff between the police union and BLM. For reasons of legality and liability, SFPD [and its counterparts in other cities] is the only agency which can close off city streets and is a designated first responder. When the police union refuses to put up with the anti-blue BS, BLM supporters will have to make a decision between disorganized chaos at best vs safety, security, and order. When organizers can’t get insurance underwriting for their event and sponsors drop out because they want to feel confident in the safety of their participants, they will have no choice but to fold and kneel down before the men, women, and those of unspecified gender with batons and awful, evil guns. For the rest of us, it should be fun to watch.

    Comment by RSG — February 18, 2017 @ 6:18 pm - February 18, 2017

  16. Um, of course the gays are going to side with the cops. What gay man in his right mind would turn down the opportunity to see hot butts in uniform?!

    Comment by Paul — February 18, 2017 @ 11:58 pm - February 18, 2017

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