“The queer folk of Bristol say no to pinkwashing”

Anti-Pinkwashing Campaigners at Bristol Pride

Pinkwashing protesters from Bristol PSC got a friendly reception at Bristol Pride on Saturday 9 July.

Ed from PSC reported that several hundred of No to Pinkwashing’s postcards had been given out and been well received by almost everyone.

Joe, who also took part, described his experience like this:

On Saturday 9 July, a small group was assembled to meet and talk to the lovely people at Bristol Pride about Israeli pinkwashing.

I write this after the very recent attacks on a similar group at Berlin Pride. My experience has taught me that this is a very touchy subject even within the British LGBTQ+ community. I have been verbally and physically threatened by bringing it up amongst other LGBTQ+ people, so I was a little apprehensive about going to Bristol Pride with a six foot flagpole bearing the Palestinian flag…

Despite my fears, we received a very positive response on the day. Many people were willing to admit that they “don’t know anything about it, but would like to learn.” We only encountered one individual out of thousands who was hostile, and we even bumped into one Palestinian marching in the parade, who was overjoyed to see a Palestinian flag at gay pride.

What struck me was the number of people who wanted to get “more involved”. A growing number of people are realising that LGBTQ+ rights are incomplete in a society of racism and apartheid. It makes a mockery of justice to talk about acceptance and equality when a wall and military checkpoints divide your country. It was a pleasure to see the queer folk of Bristol saying no to pinkwashing and apartheid.

If you want postcards for a local pride, you can email No to Pinkwashing at nopinkwashing@gmail.com. Our postcards are also available through the PSC national office on 020 7700 6192 or at info@palestinecampaign.org.