‘Straight Pride’ parade looks like a go in Boston and the internet is on fire over it

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Days before Boston hosts its annual gay pride parade, a group planning a “straight pride” parade has garnered attention and sparked backlash on social media.

As LGBTQ Pride Month gets underway with parades and festivities planned across the nation, and Boston scheduled to hold its event Saturday to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, a group calling itself Super Happy Fun America is planning its own parade for later this summer, CBS News reported.

The group, organized by three men, says it advocates “on behalf of the straight community in order to foster respect and awareness with people from all walks of life” and is planning a parade tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31,  according to its website.

“We will have the streets closed and be allowed floats and vehicles,” vice president of Super Happy Fun America, Mark Sahady, wrote in a Facebook post. “This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride.”

City officials have reportedly not approved the permits yet but the event appears to be in response to a previous request earlier this spring to raise the “straight pride flag” at Boston’s City Hall which was not approved.

“We are dsappointed (sic) that the Walsh administration has chosen hate and discrimination,” a blog post from April read, referring to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “Therefore, we have decided to launch a campaign to educate the public, politicians, and civil servants about the straight community and the unique problems we face. We have determined that a parade would be the best way to promote our community and its diverse history, culture, and identity. We anticipate that the city will eventually choose to embrace tolerance and inclusivity.”

While Walsh issued a statement about upcoming Pride Month events and expressing support of the Boston’s LGBT community, there was no mention of the “straight pride” parade.

“Every year Boston hosts our annual Pride Week, where our city comes together to celebrate the diversity, strength and acceptance of our LGBTQ community,” the Democrat said. “This is a special week that represents Boston’s values of love and inclusion, which are unwavering. I encourage everyone to join us in celebration this Saturday for the Pride Parade and in the fight for progress and equality for all.”

Walsh has been invited by Super Happy Fun America to join its parade “to participate and express the city’s support for the straight community,” according to the event’s page. The raising of the “straight pride flag” over Boston’s City Hall will reportedly be followed by speeches and community outreach.

“All are welcome,” the description of the event reads. “Antifa (short for Anti-Fun) is not welcome because they oppose happiness and fun.”

The group, headed by President John Hugo who unsuccessfully ran in 2018 for U.S. Congress as a Republican against Democratic incumbent Katherine Clark, is asking the city to approve the same parade route as the Boston Pride Parade scheduled for this week. This includes the same “accommodations” offered for the annual gay pride event, including street closings.

As word got out about the planned event on social media, so did the ridicule and backlash as some even wondered if the whole thing was a joke.

Other Twitter users had a different view as some pushed back at the outrage and the left’s hypocrisy.

Frieda Powers

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