Boston Youth Pride: ‘Use your voice’
Published May 26, 2005 3:59 PM
“Use Your Voice”
was the theme of the 11th annual Youth Pride 2005 held here on May 21. And the
thousands of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer-identified youths—including
many high-school students and youths of color—gathered in the Boston
Commons did just that.
Boston Youth Pride march, May 21.
Leslie Feinberg holding banner on left.
The event, which is state-sponsored but run by the
youths themselves, drew people from across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other
They cheered the revolutionary words of Black poet Letta
Neely—a call to action.
They roared when Workers World Managing
Editor Leslie Feinberg asked, “Is this racist war for empire a youth
issue?” Thousands of youths shouted, “Yes!” They cheered her
call to boot military recruiters out of their high schools and campuses, and to
resist the draft. Most importantly, they raised their voices and applauded the
right of the Iraqis to resist, and they thunderously agreed with the demand,
“Bring the troops home now!”
Feinberg concluded with a call
for young people who want to become a new generation of revolutionaries to check
out the youth group FIST—Fight Imperialism, Stand Together. A delegation
of FIST youth —lesbian and straight — took part in the rally and
march with their placards and banners.
Thousands of youths then filled the
wide streets around the Commons and marched past the state legislature building.
Many passersby of all ages and nationalities applauded the marchers, who were
still raising their voices—chanting “Hey hey, ho ho,
homophobia/transphobia has got to go!”
Dowell, a national leader
of FIST, will be speaking in Boston on June 4 at a meeting sponsored by
Stonewall Warriors, FIST and Workers World Party. For more information, readers
can call 617-983-3835.
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