BRAVO Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against the #Blackpride4

Aaron Eckhardt - Wednesday, January 31, 2018



For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018
Media Contact: Aaron Eckhardt, Interim Executive Director
614-294-7867-6402 | aaron@bravo-ohio.org

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization Calls for Charges to Be Dropped Against the #Blackpride4

This past year, four black queer and trans individuals, Wriply Bennet, Kendall Denton, Ashley Braxton and Deandre Miles, were arrested and detained during a protest at the annual Columbus Pride Parade. The individuals, known collectively as the #BlackPride4, currently face multiple charges. The protest was in response to state violence and the lack of inclusion and erasure of LGBTQI people of color in a time when violence against our communities is reaching unprecedented levels nationwide and here at home.

The LGBTQI community has a long history of fighting against hate and bias violence, interpersonal violence, and targeted state violence, such as the Compton’s Cafeteria riot in 1966 and the Stonewall riot in 1969. As pride events commemorate these early pioneers and freedom fighters for LGBTQI civil rights and continue to spread awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQI community, there is clearly more critical work to be done. Record numbers of trans women of color were murdered in 2017. There also continues to be consistent and increasing reports of state violence, especially towards LGBTQI people of color. We encourage our community to come together, remember our roots, and call for an end to systemic violence. No one is free, until we all are free.

BRAVO remains committed to non-violent, peaceful protest, and supports action calling attention to intersectional violence. BRAVO continues to call for justice for the #BlackPride4, as they prepare for trial in early February. We stand in solidarity with local organizers bringing awareness to all forms of racist, and anti-LGBTQI violence. We are in opposition to all forms of oppression and violence, from within our community or against it. This includes hate and bias violence, interpersonal violence, and targeted state violence. We will continue to do our best to grow and change in order to serve our entire LGBTQI community and support local and national anti-violence work.

BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

BRAVO is a proud founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)


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