On Saturday, June 18, Pittsburgh's annual PrideFest
began with a march Downtown which saw participation from GLBT advocacy
groups, Drag queens, progressive churches, and more. The festival
continued for several hours in River Front park. But while some march
participants touted signs and sang songs calling for "equal rights"
others felt that this year's theme of "equal rights: no more no less"
falls short of their ultimate goals for the queer movement.
About 60 members and supporters of RESYST
, a radical queer project of the Thomas Merton Center
descended on the 2005 PrideFest to insert a more radical queer presence
in the form of a colorful pink and black bloc, complete with radical
cheerleaders, signs, banners, drums, enthusiastic chanting, and a Rick
Santorum puppet, which was later burned. Resyst members feel that the
annual Pride Parade and Festival has become the epitome of the
corporatization and maintstreaming of LGBT culture and identity.
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