The Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG), chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the St. Louis 2019 Pride Parade, withdrew after Pride St. Louis changed their position and agreed to have uniformed police march in the parade on Sunday, June 30, 2019, as urged by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Here’s an excerpt from the statement by Sayer Johnson, the Executive Director of MTUG, in response:

"We are disappointed in the decision to have uniformed law enforcement officers march in the Pride parade. Our struggles against police brutality have not ended in the 50 years since Stonewall. Transgender people in our community and throughout the country continue to experience trauma and harassment from police. Their presence makes us more vulnerable to harm.”

MTUG connects people under their umbrella with food, clothing, employment and housing assistance and will continue to fight transphobia, especially transphobia against black trans women.

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