As same sex marriage becomes established as law across the US and Canada, some LGBT leaders and organizations have declared the battle against LGBT discrimination all but won. But this is far from the reality for many for whom marriage offers only select benefits, and who continue to struggle to meet basic necessities in their daily lives.
PRIDE DENIED thus focuses on sites of ongoing oppression of queer and trans people that have been largely obscured in the mainstream media by the celebration of advances like marriage rights. These urgent issues include: state violence (disproportionally faced by queer and trans people of color); the criminalization of public sex (especially targeting sex workers), alongside the marginalization of other queer forms of intimacy that aren't hetero and homonormative couplings; and the ongoing lack of access for many to basic rights such as economic security, health care, affordable housing, and immigration.
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