Pervert At Pride

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Photo by Sam Felder via Flickr

I marched in the Capital Pride Parade last weekend as part of a marching band. For part of the parade route, the crowds had pushed up into the street, leaving very little room to march through and no space to separate us from the crowd. One man at the front of the crowd took the opportunity to grab my ass as I marched by.

Because I was concentrating hard on playing and marching, I couldn’t respond. Nonetheless this upset me. Obviously, being part of a parade does not make my body public property. I was also disturbed by the fact that, given the context, this guy probably assumed I was a lesbian, yet still felt entitled (perhaps even felt more entitled) to sexually assault me.

Submitted by Anonymous on 6/17/2010

Location: Capital Pride Parade Route

Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)

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2 Responses

  1. Joe

    I watched this year’s Capital Pride Parade, and witnessed a group of young, male spectators (I would guess around a half-dozen of them, in their early 20’s) who groped several men on their abs or butt as they marched by. (For what it’s worth, this happened on P St. between 14th and 15th, on the north side of the street.)

    It appears this sort of behavior, and the assumption that marching in a parade makes you “public property,” isn’t confined to straight men.

  2. T

    I’m a very androgynous appearing queer woman, and I get my butt groped by gay dudes ALL THE TIME. They generally get disappointed and back off when I tell them I don’t have a penis (or that I left my penis at home). Gross gropey dudes totally transcend sexual orientation.