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Manchester Pride: a parade for the privileged?


It’s easy to see Manchester pride as a massive success: it’s one of the few Prides which is omnipresent throughout the city attracting people from across the UK and wider – amazing! But this year made us question whether Pride in and of itself is intrinsically valuable to the LGBT+ community.

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Dear Readers,

Queens of Pop play at Leeds Pride

Queens of Pop play main-stage at Manchester Pride

Queens of Pop play at Glasgow Pride

We have one Pride left to convince. We’ve written this draft letter to ask the Glasgow Pride organisers to take racism and misogyny seriously and rethink their decision to allow Queens of Pop to play Glasgow Pride. If you would like to do the same, we’ve made a template, just pop your name at the bottom and send to pride@prideglasgow.co.uk.

And if you want to get more involved like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Pride-In-Glasgow-Pride/494865133931642



Dear Mr Smith,

We are writing to you to express our concern that “Queens of Pop” performing at Glasgow Pride could marginalise some of the most vulnerable members of our community in order to give our most powerful members a cheap laugh.

Their videos, depicting violence against women, shaming women’s sexuality, reinforcing body image issues, ridiculing addiction and mental health, turning HIV status into a joke and donning black face don’t reflect the LGBT community we know or want to be part of.

The Unity Centre in Glasgow supports LGBT migrant and asylum seekers placed in Glasgow, many from ethnic minority backgrounds persecuted in their home country for being themselves. Pride should be an opportunity for them to celebrate and claim a little bit of their liberation back. Not a place for them to “take a joke” and “realise it’s not meant to be offensive”. The issue of blackface being something we even have to debate within a minority group beggars belief.

Brighton Pride has stated that Queens of Pop do not represent what they stand for and that they won’t be booked. Leeds Pride has announced that Queens of Pop will not be playing and Manchester Pride has just announced they will not be making a main stage appearance.

The Glasgow Pride Twitter account has previously stated that the act is “amazing”. We wondered if you still think this is the case?

We love Pride and think everyone deserves to have the same welcoming, friendly and affirming experience. We do not believe that Queens of Pop will help achieve this so we’re asking you to reconsider their booking. Will you?

Yours sincerely

<<insert your name here>>
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Pride is a protest

… but not against our own community.

And that’s how I feel right now.  Yesterday I did a little research into the acts playing at Glasgow Pride, getting excited, looking forward to the protest march, meeting my friends and celebrating our community! I looked through the line-up and realised Heather Small is playing (I love Heather Small) and then noticed that the ‘Queens of Pop’ were also performing. Now not having heard of them before I popped them into YouTube, and from there my day got progressively worse.

Queens of Pop Will I Am Parody

Yes, in case you were wondering, that is a white man ‘blacked up’ to take the piss out of a black man. All together now, can everyone say “privilege”?

What I found was a bit fat dose of what I like to think of as anti-pride. As I have written before, to me Pride is about celebrating how strong we are in the face of adversity. It’s a beautiful, positive space where our community comes together to celebrate all we have achieved. The Queens of Pop however, seem to me to be the total opposite of this. In particular they take pleasure in taking the piss out of people with AIDS, black people,  women, and domestic abuse. Woo!? 

Beyonce being shaken by her dad

This is Beyonce being physically abused by her dad. You see how this is funny, right?

I understand that the Queens of Pop are a very popular act at various venues. But I just don’t see how their negativity fits with being proud ourselves. It seems very simply that the Queens of Pop are picking on people less privileged than themselves (whether that be because of sex, race, HIV status), to give their audiences pleasure. I think it’s wrong to celebrate our own strengths and triumphs with the oppression of others.

If after your own YouTube research you feel similarly, do something about it! I would urge you to get in touch with the Pride Glasgow organisers either by messaging them: http://www.prideglasgow.co.uk/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=142 or tweeting at them: @prideglasgow or via facebook: http://www.facebook.com/prideglasgow. And, they are also playing at Manchester Pride who can be emailed here: http://www.manchesterpride.com/contact/ 

And if by the end of this you feel like you need cheering up, here is Heather to keep us on track for a fabulous Pride!

Keep Pride something we can be proud of.

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