NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYC Pride doesn’t want police at its events anymore, until at least 2025.
The organization says effective immediately, it is banning corrections and law enforcement officers.READ MORE: Primary Election Day Guide For Voters In New York
That includes at its signature Pride march, which is set to take place in June.
The group says while law enforcement is meant to provide safety, they can sometimes be threatening and dangerous to their community.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: Dance Parties, Watch Parties Feature Happy Crowds In New York City And Beyond
The ban includes the Gay Officers Action League, or GOAL, which addresses the needs of LGBTQ officers.
In a statement, GOAL said it “is disheartened by the decision,” adding the “abrupt about-face in order to placate some of the activists in our community is shameful.”MORE NEWS: New Jersey Lab Comes Up With Rapid Analysis Test That Specifically Looks For COVID-19 Delta Variant
A spokesperson for the NYPD also called it “disheartening” and said they’ll still be at the march to ensure traffic safety and good order.