Because we can’t have nice things, “#HetersexualPrideDay” is currently the top trending topic on Twitter.
Thankfully, when you take the time to scroll through the tag, most tweets are there to lambast the concept and explain why heterosexuals don’t need a Pride day. If you’re heterosexual and proud of it, go you, but no one is trying to take that pride away from you. No one is trying to convert you, jail you, ban you from activities like marriage to the person of your choice. You are not estranged from your family because of your heterosexuality. You did not have to come out to anyone because your identity is considered the norm.
As the assumed “default” sexuality and accepted worldwide, heterosexuals haven’t struggled against hatred, fear, violence, and repression because of their sexuality. Every day is goddamned heterosexual pride day. Let the LBGTQIA community have June as Pride Month, which was hard-fought for. Let them have this one month. Expressing pride in you non-heterosexual sexuality can still be a death sentence in many places today around the world. STFU with Heterosexual Pride Day.
I’m reminded of people who yell about All Lives Matter, incapable of getting the point that all lives are not treated equally in this country. I’m reminded of the men who just could not handle the concept of a handful of women-only Wonder Woman screenings, who didn’t feel it appropriate or “fair” that females could dare choose to celebrate the first female-led superhero movie without them. For the love of God, people in positions of power and privilege, just let others have the things that, for ONCE, are not about you. It’s not about excluding you. It’s about calling attention to groups that are historically and still marginalized. Learn the difference.
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) June 29, 2017
The responses on Twitter are spot-on, searing, and sometimes funny as hell. Not that I expect many people of the heterosexual pride persuasion to absorb their message. (However, the only pro-Heterosexual Pride Day tweets I’ve seen so far are from obvious troll accounts and accounts with “Red Pill” in their name.)
— Acacia ️ (@Kawaiiboydjh) June 29, 2017
— 2017 Predictions (@2017_predict) June 29, 2017
— luana admires louis (@beepziallboop) June 29, 2017
— chlo ,, (@isthatchlo) June 29, 2017
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) June 29, 2017
Good morning to everyone except the people who made #HeterosexualPrideDay a thing
— Ah (@Ashleycervaaa) June 29, 2017
— Isabella Cigno (@IsabellaCigno) June 29, 2017
it isn’t wrong for straight people to be proud, the question is why are they badmouthing gay pride in the same breath #heterosexualprideday
— Sorn! (@sorn_smash) June 29, 2017
Have a happy #HeterosexualPrideDay folks, because apparently other 364 days were not enough for you
— Remi™ (@remi_mccoy) June 29, 2017
thank god for this hashtag I’m real tired of not being able to marry who I love & getting harassed everyday oh wait #HeterosexualPrideDay
— Miriam Ismail (@miriamiismail) June 29, 2017
Happy #HeterosexualPrideDay although I do not personally condone or approve of your lifestyle choices. I’m here if you ever want to change.
— Brandon Cloud (@theclobra) June 29, 2017
— Tyler #ChosenFamily (@tyleroakley) June 29, 2017
And on and on and on and on. Thank you, Internet, for taking time out of your day to respond to this insulting tag and use it as an opportunity to educate. Anyway here’s where I’m at with all of this:
— brianna Ⓥ (@yungchipotle) June 29, 2017
good morning #HeterosexualPrideDay is trending right now I’m going back to sleep
— James Charles (@jamescharles) June 29, 2017
— Deadpool (@LethalDeadpool) June 29, 2017
(via Twitter, image: “Straight Pride” flag by Tomislav Todorovic)
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