S.F. Pride Prison-Themed Party Venue Owner Releases Statement About Arrest Of Protesters
On the Saturday of San Francisco's Pride Weekend, a few thousand members of the LGBT community danced away at a prison-themed circuit party while around 150 members of the LGBT community protested outside. The gay-on-gay shaming resulted in several arrests and ignited a debate about infighting within the already marginalized minority group.
Peter Acworth, owner of the Armory, the venue used for the event, released a statement over the holiday weekend about the drama from S.F. Pride.
Kink CEO Peter Acworth has released a video statement giving his side of the events, and expressing regrets that anyone had to be arrested. He makes clear that Kink is not looking to press any charges against anyone. But in the video, it is clear that some protesters were more in search of a fight than others. The video above shows protesters moving metal barricades that had been set up to corral arriving partygoers in an entry line, and several barricades being moved into 14th Street in order to block oncoming car traffic. In one moment, you can hear someone shout, "We're here, we're queer, we will fuck you up!" There is, however, no footage of anything being thrown or any guards being assaulted — Acworth says that one of the guards was punched and one of the protesters arrested, Prisca Carpenter, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats against a life, as well as resisting arrest.