After a Bruising Controversy, Metro Trans Umbrella Group Withdraws From St. Louis Pride Parade.

Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) has pulled out of Sunday’s Pride Parade with a surprise announcement by MTUG Executive Director Sayer Johnson on St. Louis Public Radio.

“So much of the conversation has been taken over by this parade when so many in our community aren’t even getting their basic needs met” Johnson said. “Pride for us is a mark of survival, not celebration.”

Many board members have been personally targeted, and have lost friends over the controversy.

The Board of Pride STL sought to honor and highlight the Trans community’s contributions for Stonewall 50, but faced intense backlash and even threats over a request that officers marching not be uniformed this year. Proposed compromises included officers wearing shirts that read “LGBTQIA+ Officer” or MTUG shirts, but were resoundingly rejected by representatives for police marchers. In the end, a press conference was held in the office of Mayor Lyda Krewson reversing the decision.

The group was to participate as grand marshal.  

A STLPD tactical vehicle at the 2017 St. Louis Pride Parade. The Trans community requested police marchers have a toned-down presence for Stonewall 50. Photo by Scott Lokitz, courtesy of Pride STL.

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