Drag legend Titti La Camp ripped into Free Pride (Glasgow) after it bans drag performers from its event.
Taking to Twitter, Titti La Camp called the Free Pride organisation a “hate group” and accused them of having a tea party rather than a pride event after it announced it was banning drag performers because they may cause offence.
Free Pride’s trans and non-binary caucus decided that some drag acts could be offensive so Free Pride led by Ciara Maguire banned drag performers but fell short of banning drag all together.
Free Pride is being held at The Art School on the same day as Scotland’s largest pride event, Pride Glasgow.
A statement about its policy released by the “anti-commercialist” pride event stated,
“After much discussion, the trans and non binary caucus decided not to have drag acts perform at the event.
“This does not mean that people of any gender can’t wear what they want to the event, we simply won’t be having any self-described drag acts perform at our Free Pride Event”
A further statement was released which stated that only trans drag performers would be invited to perform at the pride event.
PRIORITISING TRANS WOMEN AND PUTTING MINORITIES FIRST
“As such we have decided to prioritise the needs of trans women to feel safe and included in our event. Some trans women have expressed unhappiness with cis drag performances since they broadly feel that such performances are more about entertainment (at their expense) than gender expression, in contrast to many Trans and non-binary drag performers.
“Our focus for the day will be on creating an alternative that puts minorities within our community at the heart of event.”
Titti La Camp blasted the group after hearing the news and took to Twitter to say:
“Oh FFS, get a life and stop being so fragile
“Some perspective. This hate group isn’t having a Pride event, its going to be a f***ing tea party #FreePrideGla”
— Titti La Camp (@Tittilacamp) July 18, 2015
— Titti La Camp (@Tittilacamp) July 19, 2015
EQUALITIES ACT 2010
The move to ban cis-gender drag performers has called into question the legality of Free Pride’s policy of banning non-trans performers. The act states that no organisation can discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sex.
We reached out to Free Pride for comment.