It took a 9 and a half minute agonizing video to get accountability for George Floyd.
We support the words and feelings of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison when they said: “I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice.”
Today we, at the Utah Pride Center, stand in solidarity with all people of color who are disproportionately at risk of harassment, violence and police brutality.
As so many in our community consider the ramifications of full accountability, the Pride Center also knows that it needs to stand accountable as an organization.
We recognize and acknowledge that as an organization, we have not been the inclusive space we need to be for queer BIPOC individuals.
We apologize for the hurt we have caused in the past.
We know we must do better.
Today, as we all reflect on our work, our past and on the many next important steps we need to take to stand fully accountable, we proclaim and say with bold voice –
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Our hearts and thoughts are with the family of George Floyd. May you rest in power.
Executive Director / CEO of the Utah Pride Center