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.
— Chris Bartley (@chrisbartley101) June 5, 2019
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.
“Straight Pride” parade planned in Boston. With floats. pic.twitter.com/JcTsGRjNPn
— carolynryan (@carolynryan) June 4, 2019
Almost threw up a little in my mouth. https://t.co/h0mydoj7ny
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 4, 2019
Here are some of the people attending the Boston Straight Pride Parade, including a @Yankees fan.
How am I supposed to explain his orientation to kids? It’s unnatural, and not God’s plan. pic.twitter.com/qVGoSA0B2m
— Brianna Wu (@BriannaWu) June 4, 2019
The Straight Pride Parade exists for the same reason as Men’s Rights and White Pride: to denigrate and belittle the progress made by the marginalized. It’s nothing less than the mockery of the oppressed and should be treated as such.
— Kall Kylegren (@KyleKallgren) June 4, 2019
The Website for “Super Happy Fun America,” the people putting this together, makes it pretty clear they’re joking when it’s full of z-teir meme dross like this. Laughter is what these unfunny hacks are starving for. Don’t feed them. pic.twitter.com/oppglyQAeI
— Rex Mundane (@RexMundane) June 4, 2019
I think everyone that enjoys the #GayPride parade should go in costume and cheer all 5 of them along the sidelines.
— Kathy NJ (@ecclesias) June 5, 2019
When people are being murdered, assaulted, denied housing and denied medical care for no other reason than being straight, then you can have your parade.
Until then, STFU.
— The transtastically bisexual Revan Athame (@RevanAthame) June 4, 2019
Other Twitter users had a different view as some pushed back at the outrage and the left’s hypocrisy.
As a conservative nothing pisses me off more than watching other conservatives act like snowflakes. A Straight Pride parade’s the epitome of right-wing snowflakery. Then again the MSM’s overblowing the story and Super Happy Fun America is trolling them. https://t.co/irIosEfiKo
— FyreLyon (@Dan4Liberty) June 5, 2019
Man people are really upset about the straight pride parade. I understand that straight people were not oppressed like gays were but I don’t understand why there can’t be a straight parade? What does that hurt ? There’s nothing wrong with straight pride just gay hate .
— Bradley B. Groover (@BradleyBGroover) June 5, 2019
Oppressed?? Look at the comments!! Straight people are being attacked and oppressed right on here!! If it was a straight person saying half the stuff said on here to a gay person they would be banned
— whitestrightpride (@whitestrightpr1) June 5, 2019
Imagine that! Intolerance by gays? Nah. Hypocrisy? For sure!
— JM (@Democrat_4Jesus) June 5, 2019
Backlash? Really – what happen to Tolerance and inclusiveness? Or is that a one way thing
— Saint Matthew ???️?????? CANOE (@LaStarDcStar) June 5, 2019
Why shouldn’t there be one ? I mean we all believe in equality right ?
— Gumer Zambrano (@thegooom) June 5, 2019
The LGBTQ community went from fighting for equality to being intolerant against the straight community. Notice all the hate from the gay’s in the comments.. I’m with the #StraightPride #StraightPrideParade The LGBTQ need to shut up! They force feed us their sick agenda every day!
— Kobe Denzel (@Kobe_Denzel) June 5, 2019
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