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“Heterosexual Pride Day” Is Stupid and Everyone Is Dragging It

Because we can’t have nice things, “#HetersexualPrideDay” is currently the top trending topic on Twitter.

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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.

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.)

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:


(via Twitter, image: “Straight Pride” flag by Tomislav Todorovic)

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Kaila Hale-Stern
Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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