QUEERBOMB DALLAS’ STATEMENT REGARDING JUNE 28TH’S ANTI-QUEER VANDALISM
We the people of QueerBomb Dallas renounce and demand an immediate end to every act of violence against the persons and property of Queer People in Dallas communities. We are speaking out in resistance to the blatant disregard of queer pride within our city on the early morning of June 28 when the Legacy of Love Memorial, the Cathedral of Hope, and the offices of the queer-friendly Observer were defaced by unidentified vandals in an act of ignorance and hatred of queer existence. We will not be silenced.
The Legacy of Love Memorial targeted by the vandals is a longstanding rallying point for queer protests and celebrations like the Day of Decision rally, the Harvey Milk Day commemoration, Prop 8 protests, and other grassroots demonstrations. That the vandalism occurred on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and on the inaugural night of QueerBomb Dallas does not escape us. We applaud that wiithin in twelve hours of its occurrence, the community galvanized and took action to scrub way the offending graffiti. We were offended all the more that the graffiti was a bunch of weak-ass tags rather than something really creative and awesome.
Queer people have the inherent human right to feel safe in our neighborhoods. We have the right to walk the streets and to live and love openly. We have the right to spaces that cater to our needs and desires for care and support, and we are unapologetic over our existence. We are citizens of Dallas, and like all other citizens what is our belongs to us — we will not have it tainted by those who are ignorantly fearful of bold queer folk who work for social justice and dignity, respect, care, and equality for all.
We the people of QueerBomb have seen the need to call our community together in defense of each other and our community, and we will not run. When acts like the defacing of our monuments happen and we say nothing, we are telling queer youth that it doesn’t get better and the world is a place where you must hide away from being who you are. When we queer folks do nothing and cower in the face of everyday atrocities, what we are saying is that we do not love ourselves enough to demand that we be treated well and respected.
Steps have been taken to create a community fund for the regular care and upkeep of the Legacy of Love monument. We support these steps and encourage the upkeep of this community rallying point.
Together WE ARE QUEERBOMB!!!