A plan by a group in Boston, US, to hold a ‘”straight pride” march in August has sparked more than 45,000 tweets in the last 24 hours.
The U.S. organisers of a “Straight Pride” event in Boston planned for August, sparked outrage on Wednesday. This happened after stating that the straight majority were ‘oppressed’
The organisers of the event said on their website that “straight people are an oppressed majority”. Furthermore, one of the organisers, John Hugo, was a Republican candidate in the 2018 mid-term elections.
The organization Super Happy Fun America, which claims to advocate “on behalf of the straight community in order to foster respect and awareness with people from all walks of life,” is planning the event, according to its website. The parade appeared to be a reaction to the city’s rejection of the group’s application to raise its “straight pride flag” at Boston’s City Hall earlier this spring.
Super Happy Fun America said on their website that Brad Pitt was their mascot. They also displayed images of a blue and pink ”straight pride flag” and posters parodying LGBT+ slogans.
“We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate,” John Hugo said on the website.
“The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations.”
From tweeting opinions to tweeting pride route
Straight pride seems to have caused a stir among Twitter users. Furthermore, many of them have taken to the platform to share their opinions. One of the users has even designed a route for the parade to take place. But this route, instead of ending on a street, leads straight to the Boston harbour.
the straight pride parade in boston should have a completely straight parade route, i thought i'd save them some time by drawing one pic.twitter.com/afbUi8mtnu
— pun the jewels (@failnaut) June 4, 2019
“Every day is a straight pride parade,” wrote author Craig Rozniecki, arguing that heterosexuals’ privileged position over gay people renders the concept of their needing pride events redundant.
Every day is a Straight Pride Parade, as regardless of intent, heterosexuals parade privilege across the country/world, not understanding that members of the LGBT community have continually fought and sacrificed for what they take for granted.#StraightPrideParade
— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) June 5, 2019
Furthermore, comedian Eva Victor’s humorous video response to straight pride has been viewed more than two million times.
me explaining to my boyfriend why we’re going to straight pride pic.twitter.com/ZtXpLaV05s
— Eva Victor (@evaandheriud) June 4, 2019