In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, there was an event this past weekend at Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, Washington, featuring live performances, dancing, and “art healing spaces,” among its offerings.
Called Taking B(l)ack Pride, it was free for some, but others had to pay.
Organizers explained on their Facebook page that “All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT. …
“White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend, but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee … that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY but to also ensure that performers can be paid well.”
But Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, organizers of a competing Pride Month event, objected.
Their event, which was also this past weekend in a different Seattle Park, was called Capitol Hill Pride. It featured speakers, live music, and the “Capitol Hill Doggie Drag Costume Contest.”
Anyway, Ms. LeFevre and Mr. Lipson wrote a letter to the City of Seattle to complain about Taking B(l)ack Pride’s admission policy.
“We consider this reverse discrimination in its worse form,” the letter stated. “Please review this event’s stated admission policy as we feel this event is violating Seattle, King County, state and federal equality laws.”
In response, the Seattle Human Rights Commission scolded Ms. LeFevre and Mr. Lipson, saying, “We would like to recommend, if possible, that you educate yourself on the harm it may cause Seattle’s BIPOC [Black and Indigenous people of color] community in your pursuit of a free ticket to an event that is not expressly meant for you and your entertainment.”
The commission also wrote, “Black trans and queer peoples are among the most marginalized and persecuted peoples within the LGBTQIA2S+ community (I have no idea what those last letters mean). … [T]he organizers of this event are extending a courtesy so rarely extended; by providing a free and safe space to express joy, share story, and be in community.”
In other words, discrimination is OK.
As they should have expected, Ms. LeFevre and Mr. Lipson received a lot of criticism from wokesters for daring to question Taking B(l)ack Pride’s discriminatory pricing.
In response to that criticism, they took the only acceptable action in the woke world: They apologized.
But no amount of groveling will assuage the anger of wokesters.
And if all this makes you think the world has turned upside down, you’re right.
Rep. Mike Turner is the June Porker of the Month.
Citizens Against Government Waste singled out the Ohio Republican “for leading the push to add more money for the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
As the watchdog group reported, “The JSF has become the embodiment of the Defense Department’s (DOD) broken weapons acquisition system. … The aircraft has been in development for nearly 20 years, total acquisition costs doubled to $428 billion, and total lifetime costs are estimated to reach $1.7 trillion.”
Said CAGW President Tom Schatz, “When the book is written on the acquisition history of the F-35, it will be dominated by tales of delays, cost overruns, and poor performance.”
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