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Mon Jun 30 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Police Attack Trans and Queer Activists During SF Pride
Mon Jun 30 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Protest of Kink.com Prison-Themed Dance Party Leads to Violence and Arrests by SFPD
On June 28, Kink.com sponsored an official San Francisco Pride event called “Pride at the Armory." It was a prison-themed dance party that invited attendees to “get incarcerated.” A backlash arose when the party was first announced, with declarations made to boycott Pride. Not content with boycotting, Gay Shame and LAGAI – Queer Insurrection called for a march to disrupt and shut down Pride at the Armory.
The protest began when Radical dykes broke off from the annual Dyke March and proceeded to 16th & Mission BART plaza to hold their own dance party. Around 10:30pm, nearly two hundred people marched up Mission Street to Kink's Armory building, chanting “Pro-sex, anti-prison, queers for abolition!” and handing out flyers in protest of the Kink party. SFPD, aided by private security, pushed the protest onto the adjacent sidewalks. Eventually, the streets were retaken and protesters marched back towards the BART plaza.
Upon the return to 16th and Mission, at least seven people were arrested, including a National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer. Several protesters were tackled, beaten, and bloodied. Four of the arrestees were released as of June 29. Others, with felony charges such as "lynching," were released on July 1.
Kink.com orders brutal police attack against trans and queer activists during SF Pride | Queer & Trans Radicals Take The Streets Against Prison-Themed Party | Gay Shame SF | LAGAI – Queer Insurrection