White people charged 'reparations fee' to attend Pride event since it's for 'black and brown' trans, gay community — and city officials support it
White people will be charged a "reparations fee" to participate in a Seattle gay pride event since it's focused on "black and brown" members of the "trans and queer" community — and the city council president and local Human Rights Commission support the fee, Jason Rantz reported in a piece for KTTH-AM.
TAKING B[L]ACK PRIDE organizers said all are welcome to attend Saturday's event — but noted that "white allies and accomplices" must fork over a "reparations fee" of between $10 to $50.
"All are free to attend HOWEVER this is a BLACK AND BROWN QUEER TRANS CENTERED, PRIORITIZED, VALUED, EVENT," a notification from the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network reads. "The safety of Black and Brown Trans and Queer folks is PARAMOUNT, and we will make sure the safety of our community is prioritized at all times. White allies and accomplices are welcome to attend but will be charged a $10 to $50 reparations fee (and given a wrist band as proof of payment) that will be used to keep this event free of cost for BLACK AND BROWN Trans and Queer COMMUNITY but to also ensure that performers can be paid well."
Rantz added that the "reparations fee" will be charged based on one's ability to pay. In addition, he wrote that since the event is being held in Jimi Hendrix Park, which the city owns, there are questions concerning the legality of the fee.
According to Rantz, Seattle Parks and Recreation "explicitly prohibits racial discrimination in their parks. And it applies to event organizers using the park, with or without a permit."
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