Planning Underway To Hold Straight Pride Parade In America
Every year, cities around the world hold pride events that celebrate LGBTQIA+ people, the struggle they have endured and the issues they continue to face.
Some places hold parades that tour through the CBD, with thousands of people turning out to show their support.
It's usually a fun, inclusive day that allows people to be who they want to be.
But it seems like some people are annoyed that it's not inclusive for straight people and there have been calls for years for a straight pride to go ahead. While calls like that have been met with severe eye rolls, it seems like one event could actually go ahead in America.
A group called Super Happy Fun America has lodged an application with Boston officials to host a straight pride parade to 'celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community'.
Republican candidate for Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District in the 2018 mid-term election John Hugo is one of three people spearheading this parade. He's said some interesting things in the past about straight people.
"Straight people are an oppressed majority. We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate," he said on the Super Happy Fun America website.
But it seems like people on social media weren't fans of the idea.
Wow! Cool initiative, fellas!! Just a thought, instead of 'Straight Pride' parade, how about this: The 'desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children' parade? Whatta ya think? Too on the nose?? https://t.co/gaBWtq2PaL- Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 5, 2019
When your sexual orientation has been accepted since the dawn of humankind, and have never had to face persecution, bigotry or death because of it, yet you still want attention, you don't need a parade, you need a fucking hobby. #StraightPride- Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) June 5, 2019
If the straight pride parade doesn't have entire floats celebrating their one creative invention - fake queer porn where all the fake lesbians are attempting to give each other hysterectomies with their long, bejeweled nails - is it really straight pride?- Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) June 5, 2019
One person wrote: "This #StraightPride is utterly ridiculous. When your gender identity is accepted by others and you can kiss your partner in the street without the threat of being punched in the face, you do not need a parade."
Another added: "Straight pride is every single day. When have you ever been bashed, closeted, or harassed for liking someone of the same gender? You're a total hypocrite, open your mind and maybe then you can talk."
They've pencilled in the day for August 31 and are awaiting city approval.
"If you would like to come as an individual, march as a group, or bring a float or vehicle, then get in touch. This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride," Super Happy Fun America club president Mark Sahady said.
He says he's served a discrimination complaint against the City of Boston in case the parade gets knocked back, meaning it looks like this thing will go ahead. No doubt tons of LGBTQIA+ people will attend to make their voices heard.
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