Happy Pride Month everyone! And to all the bigots out there, happy "The Gays Are Stealing Our Rights" month! Every June, Americans celebrate LGBT pride by marching, being great LGBT allies, and just generally letting their rainbow flags fly. It’s a month to celebrate being the person that you were born to be, as well as raising awareness for LGBT causes out there.
The month of June was chosen because it signifies the end of the Stonewall riots in 1969. People around the country will be marching for their rights and for the rights of others. I know I’ll be out there marching this weekend!
But some people, like one Alabama mayor, Mark Chambers, think that LGBT persons shouldn’t share the same rights as straight people; he even called for them to be killed.
So that’s why we march.Not only to advocate for equal rights, but also to celebrate the lives of those lost to hatred and bigotry.
But a select few Bostonians have another idea.And it seems like the city of Boston is willing to go with their crazy idea.
Recently, news spread across social media that some folks in Boston were planning a Straight Pride Parade.Why? Just why, Boston? Why do you have to be like this?
The parade has been organized by the "Super Happy Fun America" group.Which sounds like a troll, but it seems like they very much intend to go through with these plans.
The group is led by President, John Hugo, who was a Republican candidate for Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District in 2018.He didn't win his election because Massachusets is traditionally a pretty liberal state.
In fact, Massachusets was the first state to legalize gay marriage back in 2004.So it's no surprise that Hugo lost his race to Democrat, Katherine Clark.
But that didn't slow him down.He and vice president, Mark Sahady, claim to advocate “on behalf of the straight community".
They filed a discrimination complaint against the city.Apparently, the city of Boston originally declined the request.
But Super Happy Fun America said that they were discriminating against straight people by allowing a Pride Parade and not allowing a Straight Parade.Because if there's one thing that straight people have to face every day, it's discrimination concerning their sexual preferences...
And it looks like the city caved.It seems like the parade is actually happening, parade floats and all. It'll be like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade without the turkey, but with extra football.
The Straight Pride parade is now set for August 31st.Just in case you need an occasion to wear your cargo shorts and Target button-downs one more time this summer!
Mark Sahady left this message on Facebook.
“Straight Pride” parade planned in Boston. With floats. https://t.co/JcTsGRjNPn— carolynryan (@carolynryan)1559657956.0
Because, apparently, being queer is unpatriotic.Although what says freedom more than, you know, being okay with who you are and being able to be that person 100%?
Now, I must emphasize, while this parade is probably going to happen, it still seems like these guys might just be trolling us all.Why do I think it could be a troll? Well, because, if it's not, it might just be the most ridiculous thing that I've ever heard.
Especially because of some of the things that Super Happy Fun America's members have been saying.They're pretty extreme, and, also, pretty funny.
Here's what their website has to say about... Brad Pitt."The Straight Community has adopted Brad Pitt as our mascot! Congratulations to Mr. Pitt for being the face of this important civil rights movement".
They are also currently trying to get the city to fly their "straight flag" at City Hall.
And here's a full, freaking insane quote from John Hugo taken directly from their website."Straight people are an oppressed majority. We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement (sic) and hate. The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations".
He has to be trolling, right?But even if he is, this is still pretty damaging. People will take his rhetoric seriously and there will most likely be a parade.
It doesn't matter whether or not Super Happy Fun America is legit.People will take them seriously, solely because it's what they believe. And this "parade" is giving legitimacy to a group of people whose opinions are filled with hate and disgust. Whether John Hugo believes his words or not is irrelevant.
And, because of that, the internet is in full backlash mode.
The Straight Pride Parade exists for the same reason as Men’s Rights and White Pride: to denigrate and belittle the… https://t.co/CRKjFxpkCd— Kyle Kallgren is Always Antifascist (@Kyle Kallgren is Always Antifascist)1559682177.0
People are really laying into Boston.
boston straight pride parade u have to come in costume as your favorite mark wahlberg character everyone walks arou… https://t.co/OJD6MlwEO0— hunter harris (@hunter harris)1559661709.0
We couldn't agree with this tweet more.I guess this is the straight guy's walk of shame...
Even Smash Mouth got angry!
Straight Pride Parade????? FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!— Smash Mouth (@Smash Mouth)1559672286.0
I've never seen this happen before...But, then again, I don't go to very many Olive Gardens.
It's gonna be a sausage fest.
The straight pride parade will be mostly men because very few women will get to come.— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1559664253.0
We've seen Straight Pride Parades before.
To my understanding, the straight pride parade is just the checkout line at Costco.— Nick Wanserski (@Nick Wanserski)1559674137.0
Maybe the best way to troll the Straight Pride Parade is to let it happen.
a straight pride parade would unironically be excellent to watch because 1- parades are gay as hell 2- there’s n… https://t.co/m8OOqQJbuF— hasanabi (@hasanabi)1559747685.0
Keneth is a blessing to this planet.
The Boston Straight Pride Parade https://t.co/5OuFucYHJg— Dril Nylander (@Dril Nylander)1559667187.0
Whoever made this graphic is touched by God.
Found this in a fb thread where some guy is talking about organizing a straight pride parade. Hilarious and accurat… https://t.co/A1527yNdYQ— Mx.💖Jessie💛Bee💙 (@Mx.💖Jessie💛Bee💙)1559666541.0