DC Pride: A Platform to Discuss Intersectionality of the LGBTQI and Refugee/Asylum Seeker Communities

Although Pride-attendees have been critiqued in recent years for coopting the LGBTQI space for “partying,” delegate Ali Bushara has reclaimed its original, grassroots history. In both the DC Black and Capital Prides, Ali worked to bring awareness in both the LGBTQI and ally community in DC about the issues facing the international LGBTQI community based on refugees’ and asylum-seekers’ experiences in their countries of origin as well as those barriers they encounter in their hosting countries.

Although Ali worked with different civil organizations and writers throughout that weekend, he was mainly aiming to interact with and highlight these specialized issues for the general public.