Stonewall was a riot. Last year, an event billed as a free Pride weekend dance party in the streets of Capitol HIll was, too — if you judge such events by things like broken windows and police in riot gear. In 2012, queers of a more radical bent will have another outlet as an Occupy Seattle offshoot is planning an “anti-capitalist” party and drag show. But CHS has also learned that the annual Pride Saturday street protest/dance party is, again, in the works.
“We like to think of ourselves as revolutionary queers,” Ian Finkenbinder says of the GLITUR group. The Grand Legion of Incendiary and Tenacious Unicorn Revolutionaries has its collective tongues firmly in cheek. But it is serious about changing the spirit of Pride.
“The fact that it costs $25 to get into a bar. The fact that is it about profit. So much of. Pride has a really radical history,” Finkenbinder said. “This is a radical holiday that has been hijacked by cororate interests.”
To counter that, Finkenbinder and GLITUR are organizing the first ever Anti-Capitalist Dance Party and Drag Show to be held Friday night at Waid’s just off 12th Ave.
“Are you sick of the corporate spectacle that Gay Pride has become in Seattle? Do you reject the way local bars jack up their prices to try to make a profit off what is supposed to be a weekend of celebration and unity? Well so are we!!!,” the event announcement reads.
We included the GLITUR event’s details in our roster of 2012 Capitol Hill Pride events.
QFQ Dance Party
While it’s not a GLITUR event, Saturday night, radical LGBT groups are also expected to gather on Capitol Hill for the annual Queers Fucking Queers dance party. In 2011, the event billed as a free dance party gathered a large crowd — and got a little more radical than some expected.
CHS reported on a group of more than 100 hundred people dancing in the streets of Pike/Pine and on Broadway — as well as busting glass and tangling with police in riot gear. Some commenters said they had unwittingly joined the march after the group gathered outside Pony and were quickly surprised to find some in the crowd trying to break windows along the way. Only one arrest was made — a transgender activist previously busted for vandalism in Denver. The City of Seattle ultimately declined to press charges against Ariel Attack following an arrest for pedestrian interference. A video of the night’s activities– “A queer riot against assimilation, capitalism, and police violence” – was posted but has since been removed.
A representative for the East Precinct tells CHS that SPD isn’t concerned about the annual roaming dance party but will be watchful for any signs of trouble. “We always are concerned about groups who have a tendency to hijack events for their own purposes,” the lieutenant said. We’re told staffing is “much heavier” for Pride weekend as a matter of course given the large numbers of people the event draws to the city. If you see “any potential disruption,” you’re urged to call 911 immediately. UPDATE: SPD says East Precinct has “increased our staffing from that of last years to be able to better respond to such incidents” and “will have an emphasis patrol operating also that will allow us to designate resources for developing situations.”
Hopefully there will be no 911 dialing at Waid’s. For Friday night’s Anti-Capitalist Pride, Finkenbinder says the goal is to have a good and affordable time — cover is only $5 — and raise some money for Lifelong while remembering the roots of the celebration.
“It just gets to the point that a lot of the people who would participate in Pride just can’t afford to,” he said.