Sunday, 23 June 2013

January 2012 (2)

This is my response to Paul's email [see January 2012 (1)] + letter of resignation from the York Pride committee:

"Hi All

After giving the matter very serious and thoughtful consideration over the last few days, I have decided to stand down from my position on the York Pride organising committee.

I've been involved in gay politics and the Pride movement for almost 30 years - becoming a member of the Management Committee of the London Gay Teenage Group & joining the Working Group of the Lesbian & Gay Youth Movement in 1984, when I was 19. The following year, I became Co-Editor of the Lesbian & Gay Youth Magazine and Resident DJ at the Creche Club - a fundraiser for the Lesbian & Gay Youth Movement - in the London Lesbian & Gay Centre.

As you know, in more recent years, I've become a member of the York LGBT Forum and have contributed towards 3 Pride events, as well as Resident DJ at both Poppycock & OUTrageous.

I've always been a vocal champion of queer history and popular culture and will continue to be so. However, I no longer feel that York Pride is the appropriate forum for me to do so.

I'm no stranger to being openly mocked by straight couples and have never accepted that the (generally heterosexual) majority should dictate to the LGBT minority how should express our sexuality - whether in bed, in the street or on the dancefloor. Nor that we should become so socialised into accepting their viewpoints & opinions that we ourselves deny the provenance of our own history and risk diluting the unique qualities of our queer culture.

I believe that if I were to continue to attend, and to express my views openly & frankly, it would inevitably lead to disagreement & altercation and upset the harmony & consensus of the group.

As such, I've decided not to attend any further Pride officer meetings or events.

For the time being, I intend to continue in my role as Vice-Chair of the wider LGBT Forum.

I'd like to thank you all for the support and friendship you have shown me over the last few years. I've had some great times and my decision to step down should not be seen as having any reflection on any of you individually.

I'd like to make some space on my laptop for other projects I'm working on, so if any of you would like any particular Pride logos or designs, please let me know a.s.a.p.

I wish you all the best for the future

Stereo-typically yours

Bootsy x"

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