Why isn't there Straight Pride?

Perhaps you have heard that a group calling itself “Super Happy Fun America” has convinced city officials in Boston, Massachusetts to allow them to hold a "straight pride" parade, scheduled for August 31st.  According to Super Happy Fun America's website, their president, John Hugo, "started Super Happy Fun America in order advocate on behalf of the straight community. … He brings years of experience working in politics while living openly as a straight man.”  The group’s Vice President, Mark Sahady, wrote on Facebook, “For [LGBTQ people] everything is based upon identity and whether or not one is categorized as a victim or an oppressor.  If you get victim status then you are entitled to celebrate yourself and expect those with oppressor status to defer to your feelings.”

What both Mr. Hugo and Mr. Sahady fail to understand is that every day is straight pride day.

Every day, in America and around the world, straight people march down the street holding hands, maybe even kissing one another, without having to fear bodily harm and/or arrest for simply being themselves.  This idea of an “oppressed MAJORity” is hardly new or novel; it tends to crawl out from under its bigoted rock every year around this time — LGBTQ Pride month.  Back in June 2013, gay journalist LZ Granderson summed up rather succinctly one of the primary reasons we gays need Pride month, Pride parades, rainbow flags and floats, festivals with overpriced beer, and a dance tent:

Gay Pride was not born out of a need to celebrate not being straight but our right to exist without prosecution. … So maybe instead of wondering why there isn't a straight pride month or movement, straight people should be thankful they don't need one.

BORN THIS WAY

Now that same-sex couples can marry, and gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military (though President Trump has enacted a ban on transgendered troops), it may seem that prejudice and inequality, that homophobia, that bigotry are in the past.  But as much as it may seem that is the case in the nation that first declared that all people are equal under the law, the fact remains that in much of the United States it is still legal to fire someone for being gay.

June is Gay Pride month.  If that offends you or you find yourself wondering "How come there's no Straight Pride month?" I’d invite you to realize the other eleven months of the year are, essentially, acknowledgements of the straight community and if being straight becomes a crime — as being gay still is in many parts of the world — maybe you should start one in order to create safe places to simply exist.

Again, to quote LZ Granderson:

Why isn't there Straight Pride? Because Congress has yet to pass a law requiring people to hide the fact they are straight. Because the streets are not filled with children who have been kicked out of their homes for being straight. Because there seems to be a lack of stories in which someone has been beaten, tied to a fence and left to die or shot in the face at point blank range because they were straight.


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