To: Kink.com, SF Armory, Masterbeat, SF Pride, and others,
We are writing out of concern after finding out about the Prison of Love party (and related after party) that will be happening in conjunction with Pride at the Armory this year. We are disturbed by the use of the prison theme and this party’s objectification of prison culture.
Flying Over Walls shares the concerns of Miss Major, TGI Justice Project, Janet Mock, El/La Para TransLatinas, Community United Against Violence, Trans March, and many others about the Kink’s “Prison of Love” party (and related after party) that will be happening in conjunction with Pride at the Armory this year. We are disturbed by the use of the prison theme and this party’s objectification of prison culture.
This party disrespects the real suffering of incarcerated people, especially since our LGBT communities have historically been (and continue to be) the targets of police and state violence, are disproportionately criminalized and incarcerated and face higher percentages of violence and rape once in prison.
Our trans & queer community has a long history of being targets of police harassment and state-based violence, but we also have a long history of resistance. When our trans and queer elders fought back at Compton’s Cafeteria (1966) and at Stonewall Inn (1969) they gave birth to a new wave of liberation struggles in this country. We are PROUD of our queer & trans history of resistance against law enforcement, jails, detention centers and prisons. We have PRIDE in our continued resilience and unwavering dedication to ending violence in our communities. That’s why we feel Kink’s choice of “Prison of Love” as their official PRIDE party theme and promotions are disrespectful and insulting.
Their decision feels especially insensitive given that three of the SF Pride grand marshals, Chelsea Manning, Jewlyes Gutierres, and Miss Major are trans women who have been directly affected by the Prison Industrial Complex. Miss Major has spent her entire life fighting against the prison industry and against the ways our queer and trans communities are targeted. To be clear, Flying Over Walls isn’t interested in sexual censorship or policing people’s desires, we just think Another Pride Party is Possible, one that gets us closer to the liberation our elders so passionately started and that we continue to fight for today.
Please respect her and all of us by demanding that the party organizers change the theme.
Flying Over Walls – SF Bay Area B&P
To anyone opposed to this party, please sign this petition.