June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and be proud of everything the LGBT+ stand for and continue to fight for, all over the world.
As the preparations for Pride events get underway, a group in Boston has sparked outrage, by announcing plans to host a “Straight Pride" Parade this summer.
The group of three men, calling themselves 'Super Happy Fun America' are attempting to hold their own counter-rally, which intends to, “celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community”.
Mark Sahady, the vice president of Super Happy Fun America, recently took to Facebook to make the announcement, which has caused outrage on Twitter.
“Straight pride is every f**king day,” commented one user.
“Every time you hold your partner's hand in public and don't get put in the hospital for it. Every time you express your gender/sexuality the most natural way to you and the entire world caters to it. LGBTQ+ people are murdered for EXISTING.”
According to the organisation's website, the parade will be a one-day event and will be followed by a flag raising ceremony.
They’ve also designated actor Brad Pitt as their “mascot.”
Other users decided to use the trending tag, #StraightParade as an opportunity to educated the world about the history of Pride, 50 years after Stonewall Riots.
Why is there no #StraightPride ?— Hayden (he/him) 🥭 (@HaydenIsMondo) June 4, 2019
Because I've never had to do the following things for my right to be straight:
3. Face discrimination
4. Be ridiculed
If you're mad that people are marching, stop giving them a reason to march. March with them for equality.
June is pride month because of the stonewall riots which happened in June 1969, to fight back against LGBTQ discrimination. THATS why we celebrate. Ignorant heteros want a "straight pride" parade for what? Yall dont have to be in fear because of your sexuality. We do.— Doodlebob✏️ (@Terikajayy) June 4, 2019
You know what a straight pride parade is? EVERY OTHER PARADE. Relax. Let people be. #Pride2019 pic.twitter.com/IK3URdYA4u— Todd Stashwick (@ToddStashwick) June 5, 2019
I'm all for straight pride. Let them have all the things queer people have - fear and anxiety when in public, an upbringing full of shame and psychological abuse, uncertainty about whether the rights you've gained will be taken away at any given moment. #StraightPride— JJ Rigby-McKenzie (@jayjhisaurus) June 4, 2019
No #straightpride is not a thing. You don’t have to “come out” to your parents. You don’t get bullied in school or by churches for simply being who you are. Your LGBTQ friends already love you for who you are and all we are asking in return is for you to love us too. #PrideMonth— Ryan Knight ☭🕊 (@ProudSocialist) June 4, 2019
According to Boston city, Super Happy Fun America's application for the parade permit has not been approved.