Straight Pride: Media spectacle only if you allow it

Channeling your anger at this group is what they want. 

During Boston Pride Week, news of a different sort of Pride captured headlines around the country and world when three men said they would host the first “Straight Pride” in Boston this August. Initially, the band of three designated Hollywood star, Brad Pitt, as their mascot until they received a cease-and-desist order from Pitt’s attorney. Days later the surreal spectacle took an unexpected turn when they named the much loathed (and gay) Milo Yiannopoulos as their new mascot and parade marshal.

When pressed why they felt the need to host the parade now and here in Boston, organizers said they need “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to foster respect and awareness with people from all walks of life”. I’m unsure what that means. Last I recall, nobody heterosexual was denied the right to marry, denied access to a dying loved one at a hospital, been thrown out of their home as a teenager for their  sexual orientation, subjected to ‘conversion therapy’, denied housing or jobs, etc…

I can’t help but think this was a media stunt meant to take away from Boston Pride -consider the timing days before the Boston’s Gay Pride Parade. As of 6/25 organizers had only raised $764.00 – well shy of an easy $5,000 goal.  Who can say what their real intentions are and if a parade will occur? No doubt if it does, it will be quite a spectacle, but I would like to propose everyone ignore them. Channeling your anger at this group is what they want. The reality is they don’t deserve the attention or media so don’t give them a reason to get it.

UPDATE: 6/26 The city of Boston approved application for straight pride

One response to “Straight Pride: Media spectacle only if you allow it

  1. Totally uncalled for. Particularly where LGBT are still suffering suppression and oppression, inequality and discrimination around the world. Pride stands for the rights of this vulnerable group and to host a straight Pride is disrespectful and unnecessary. Plus it shows complete ignorance and although they said it’s for all walks it’s a complete BS logic.

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