June 30, 2010
Pride honors that can’t be accepted
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.
If a huge amount of cash money! was a part of the prize, I would have accepted it. I don’t need a letter or a plaque.
Then, I would have refused the non-cash part of the prize and arranged for a big party the next day.