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Straight Pride: Is The LGBTQ+ A Joke?

Straight Pride: Is The LGBTQ+ A Joke?

So, the world was taken by storm on June 5th, 2019, with a men’s group – Super Happy Fun America. People took to Twitter, with more than 45,000 tweets in under 24 hours. The basic idea that was pitch in by Super Happy Fun America, states that they deserve a Straight Pride Parade. 

The group in Boston, asked for a permit to hold the parade which was initially denied. Until not too recently.

Boston has FINALLY approved for this public event application and parade route for a Straight Pride Parade, whose organizers plan to celebrate what they view as America’s “oppressed majority” — heterosexuals.

And aren’t we fill with excitement!

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Here’s all you need to know about the Boston Straight Pride:

Boston is one of the cities in Massachusetts, America. The state is in fact, one of the most liberal states of America. Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. LGBTQ+ persons in Massachusetts have the same rights and responsibilities as any other heterosexual individual.

You can imagine our shock when the very same state gave approve of this “Straight Parade”.

However, we can’t completely blame the city. “Applications to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs,” says the city hall in a statement. “The City of Boston cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values.”

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So, when’s the parade happening?

The parade will begin at Copley Square, march past Boston Public Garden and Boston Common and then end in front of City Hall, according to the route that was given the green signal. It is to take place on August 31st, 2019.

Mark Sahady, the deputy leader of the group, claims that the group had collectively built out a parade route and applied to the city for a permit. He also states that they want the same “accommodations” as the LGBTQ+ pride parade.

When the parade was condemned by all five co-hosts of “The View,” the organizers fired back with a statement calling their comments “an act of literal violence that has endangered the lives of heterosexuals everywhere.”

“Heterosexuals have languished in the shadows for decades, but we’re not taking it lying down,” the statement says. “Until an ‘S’ is added, LGBTQ+ pride will continue to be a system of oppression designed to systematically erase straight people from existence.”

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Here’s why we believe we don’t need a Straight Pride Parade:

There have been years of oppression. Not just for the LGBTQ+ community but also a multitude of ethnicities and cultures. But we’ll keep our focus on just the LGBTQ+ community, for now.

America recently celebrated 50 years of Stonewall. It was quite a big deal for America, as this was the key turning point in the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

We’ve come a long way since then, but it doesn’t change the fact that people still die. Murders, rapes and prosecutions still exist in multiple countries across the world. Laws aren’t in our favour and being homosexual or trans is against the law.

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When such problems still exist in the world, how can we celebrate something like Straight Pride?.

No, as a community, the LGBTQ+ does not advocate for any hate or oppression of the straight. We understand that there is a vast spectrum of sexualities and if you identify as straight, great!.

The only issue we have with such a parade is that the straight do not accept the privilege they own. Being able to exist without anyone questioning you. Living without the fear of being murdered, raped or who knows what just because of your sexual identity or orientation.

The LGBTQ+ community is forced to find destinations that are safe for them, where they won’t be jailed for their orientation or identity. They have to pay for healthcare services that they don’t get because they don’t identify by the norm. LGBTQ+ individuals can’t even donate blood.

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We have fought for YEARS to be able to celebrate our true colours. We bleed through the streets during our Pride Parades and Marches because that’s the only days of acceptance we have without anyone condemning us. After our Pride Parade, everything goes back to the usual. The fear, the lack of healthcare, the lack of laws and jobs to support us. Drag queens go back to finding solace in the few friendly bars that support them. The colours fade away for the standard dressing sense.

So, until you give us the right we have spent years fighting for, we don’t want to see you celebrating the privilege you already own.

 

Also read: The Freedom March: Ex-LGBTQs Look To Jesus

Make America Straight Again

Source Credits: The New York Times

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