Phoenix Pride: Law enforcement not invited to participate in festival
PHOENIX — In solidarity with LGBTQ Black and Indigenous People of Color, Phoenix Pride announced on Wednesday that on-duty law enforcement personnel are not invited to participate in the organization’s upcoming 40th anniversary festivities.
Under Phoenix Pride’s new policies, law enforcement members who wish to participate in the Nov. 7-8 events have been asked to do so as private individuals without any identifying weapons or gear, according to a press release.
“In addition, Phoenix Pride is asking that the Phoenix Police Department use only unarmed, non-uniformed officers to manage required street closures and traffic restrictions around the Phoenix Pride Parade,” the release stated.
“Phoenix Pride is committing to engage only the minimum mandated number of hand-selected off-duty officers to be present at the Phoenix Pride Festival to meet the requirements set forth in the City’s permitting process for the use of Steele Indian School Park.”
Phoenix Pride also said its board of directors will continue to review these new policies annually to ensure they represent the needs of its members, community and mission.
The Phoenix Pride parade is scheduled for Nov. 7 and will occur between Thomas Road and Indian School Road before proceeding up Third Street.
Other events will take place at Steele Indian School Park.
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