I’m just so f’ing proud to be part of a community that Judith Butler is part of. And I’m really proud and happy that Butler decided to refuse to accept the Civil Courage Prize at Berlin’s Christopher Street Day celebration, and gave an emphatic and eloquent speech explaining why. Christopher Street Day is a European LGBTQ Pride event that happens in various cities throughout Europe. Butler’s objections were based on the commercialization of the event, but more importantly, on problems with racist discrimination faced especially by immigrant LGBT peoples. Here is part of Butler’s speech, and part of the organizers’ response to her.
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