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Radical Queer Activists at PrideFest 2003
06/19/2003
The stonewall rebellion in 1969 is heralded as the birthplace of gay activism, but are gay activists really following in its tradition?

The gay activist movement sparked from a riot between NYC morality police and the Stonewall Inn's patrons who were mostly poor, mostly trans, and mostly people of color. It seems like gay activists who are "just like everyone else" have co-opted and privatized the queer rebellion that took place on that humid summer night.

A queer revolutionary group known as RESYST questions the actions of the gay activist movement and urges gays to embrace the roots of our movement and "resyst all forms of oppression." In an effort to outline struggles against assimilation, corporatization, and classism within the gay movement organization such as Gay Shame SF have held events to bring these struggles to the attention of Pride Fest attendees. This year, RESYST is planning Pittsburgh's first gay shame called queer as fuck 2003.

queerasfuck 2003 is a weekend of radical events surrounding Pride Fest. The main march will meet on Saturday, June 21 at 10am at Westminster Place in Shadyside. See www.thomasmertoncenter.org/RESYST or call 412-363-1877 for detailed schedule information.

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