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Should Police Be Represented In Pride Parades?
Inviting police to walk in Pride parades might help to heal old wounds.
Being in Pride can be the beginning of unifying the LGBTQ community with police.
Making a gesture of goodwill might be reciprocated by the police.
Separating will continue to perpetuate the tensions between members of the LGBTQ community and police.
The police symbolize an institution that repeatedly harms many groups in society, including LGBTQ members. Their presence is a reminder of all those they harm/kill/traumatize.
Allowing them in can cause separation within the LGBTQ community, between those who stand against law enforcement and those who stand with.
Police attending Pride is a PR maneuver.
Allowing police to march at Pride creates a false sense of trust.