Why Straight Pride Isn’t a Thing
On August 31, 2019, a “Straight Pride” Parade was arranged by a group of men in Boston, Massachusetts who refer to themselves as “Super Happy Fun America”. They claim on their website to have an incentive to “celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community”, and unapologetically stated that they are victims of “oppression”. However, many of the organizers have faced backlash and criticism from the public in establishing an event with such a lack of understanding of the history behind LGBTQ+ pride parades, in addition to failing to have conscious of their own privileges as a straight individual.
Decades ago, the basis of the creation of LGBTQ+ pride parades was something that was thought thoroughly in the midst of oppression and prejudice against those who were part of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride parades were established to allow LGBTQ+ members to feel liberated and unjudged in their most authentic and genuine-self. The overall purpose of these parades was to fight and advocate for their rights in a world that was so unaccepting and intolerant of LGBTQ+ rights, which in several cases, was caused by those who weren’t members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Straight pride isn’t and should not be a thing. There has never been any form of prejudice made against those who are straight. In our society, hetreosexuals are not subject to the systematic hate and discrimination that the LGBTQ+ community has had to live through because of their identity and who they love. Straight people don’t have to undergo the process of coming out to their close ones, while having the fear of being neglected from their family and friends. Historically, heterosexuals have never had to be secretive about their sexual orientation at bars and clubs, in order to keep their job and not be frowned upon. Straight people have never been victims of violence and prosecution by police because of who they’re attracted to.
A pride parade is a place where a group of minorities can be together in unity and be unafraid and unrestricted in their free expression. It’s a parade that allows the frustration garnered from the oppression that continues to exist and the love and support that every one of them have for each other in the face of adversity.
By Joylyn Gong
Why Straight Pride Matters
The recent Straight Pride that took place in Boston of August 31st has brought a mixture of emotions from quite a few people. Straight Pride began around in the 1980s and has since continued to be celebrated. Straight pride is a way for heterosexuals to be recognized and in hopes to be included in the LGBTQ+ acronym. The LGBTQ+ community claims to be all-inclusive, however, they don’t seem to be supportive of Straight Pride parades. It is only fair to have both Straight and Gay Pride parades. Straight people who attend Straight Pride parades feel repressed for being straight, therefore needing a parade to celebrate heterosexuality to allow them to be themselves. An argument that the LGBTQ+ community has made on the unimportance of straight pride is that every day is straight pride, claiming that non-LGBTQ+ people don’t get kicked out of a house by disapproving parents/guardians, get beat up, or get laid off for being non-LGBTQ+. They claim that through social media, our parents/guardians, and the world, in general, approve of heterosexuality and accept it. However, this is a bogus claim, no one has ever been congratulated for coming out as straight. During the petitioning for a straight pride in Boston this year; the advocacy group Super Happy Fun America’s president, John Hugo, made a statement explaining the importance of straight pride on their website, “Straight people are an oppressed majority. We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate. The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations.” Aside from the fact they spelled judgment wrong and a couple of other grammar errors on their website, their reasoning on the importance of a straight pride is pretty solid. Straight pride matters and it’s just a cry for heterosexuals to be included in everything, which is totally acceptable. It’s like a toddler crying for a toy and the only way to silence them is to give in and buy the toy for the child; this is why we should have a straight pride.
By Jace Liu