White people that want to participate at a Gay Pride event in Seattle are required to pay a “reparation fee,” according to event organizers.

The story: The “reparation fee” for white people for an event titled “Taking B[l]ack Pride” that set to take place this weekend in Seattle was first flagged by Jason Rantz in a piece for KTTH-AM.

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Organizers of the event say that everyone is welcome to attend but “white allies and accomplices” must pay a “reparations fee” of between $10 to $50. The amount depends on individuals’ ability to pay, according to Rantz.

“All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT,” the event page reportedly read.

“The safety of Black and Brown Trans and Queer folks is PARAMOUNT, and we will make sure the safety of our community is prioritized at all times. White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee (and given a wrist band as proof of payment) 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,” they said.

Why it matters? Rantz points to the Seattle Municipal Code which does not allow discrimination.

It reads: “It is unlawful for any person occupying or using any park or recreation facility for any event, activity or exhibition open to the public, whether or not under a permit and whether or not an admission or entrance fee is charged, to deny to any other person the full use and enjoyment of such park and recreation facility because of race…”

Seattle Parks later said they did not approve of the event.

“At this time, we are scheduling no events at Jimi Hendrix Park, due to a scheduled construction project. Unpermitted events happen in parks from time to time, the nature of the event and concerns raised would determine if a response from the City would be warranted,” Seattle Parks said in a statement.

Worth noting: Organizers of the Capitol Hill Pride Rally and March, who banned police officers from the event, pushed back against the “reparation fees.”

They labeled it “reverse discrimination” and complained to the Seattle Human Rights Commission, which sided with the organizers of the Taking B[l]ack Pride event.

“Black trans and queer peoples are among the most marginalized and persecuted peoples within the LGBTQIA2S+ community,” the SHRC wrote to Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, leaders of the Capitol Hill Pride event. “They often face shame not only from the cis-heteronormative community, but within the queer community at large as well. In making the event free for the Black Queer community, the 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.”

Seattle City Council president and mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez defended the event as well. In protest of LeFevre and Lipson’s pushback, Gonzalez said she will not make an appearance at the Capitol Hill Pride.

“I simply cannot support an organization that is trying to stop Black people in the LGBTQ+ community from celebrating Pride in the manner that they choose,” Gonzalez tweeted.

Organizers of Taking B[l]ack Pride insist that the “reparation fee” does not discriminate because “Black and Brown LGBTQI folks do not possess the institutional power or enforcement of that power to be racially ‘oppressive’ to white folks.”

The latest: The organizers have deleted mentions of the “reparation fees” on some pages.

Source: ResistTheMainStream

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