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Boston to Host a Meaningless “Straight Pride Parade” Thanks to Some Whiny Bigots

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It just wouldn’t be Pride month without some insecure straight people attempting to redivert attention back to themselves, would it? One particularly attention-starved man has taken it upon himself to plan a Straight Pride parade, despite the fact that the very concept of “straight pride” is meaningless.

Pride was a response to societal shaming and oppression, as well as the violence LGBTQ+ people faced at the hands of the police. Straight pride is unnecessary because heterosexuality has never been persecuted. It’s the All Lives Matter of sexual identity.

What would a Straight Pride parade even look like?

As you might have guessed, “straight pride” in this case and probably most others is actually just code for “anti-LGBTQ+.” The guy who posted about the organizing isn’t just some straight man who really wants the world to know how much he loves women–he’s a far-right organizer with a love of fascist memes.

(Those are just a few excerpts from a much longer–and very informative–thread.)

If someone legitimately wanted to organize a Straight Pride parade just to celebrate heterosexual love and sex, that would be … well, it would be weird and unnecessary and we’d probably still laugh a lot, but it would be fine. This is not fine. This is bigotry and a desire for violence attempting to conflate those things with straightness and I sure hope every single non-bigoted straight person finds that personally offensive.

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