Everything You Need to Know About Boston’s ‘Straight Pride’ Parade

With the celebrations for LGBTQ+ Pride Month kicking off, some unpleasant news has dashed a bit of cold water on the proceedings.

Super Happy Fun America has announced its intentions to throw a “straight pride” parade this summer in Boston. The group claims “it’s great to be straight” (skeptical) and that straight people are an oppressed group (very skeptical).

The organization is run by Mark Sahady and John Hugo, who appealed to the city of Boston to approve their official permit for this bizarre event.

Sahady has a history of throwing failed events, such as his 2017 “Rally for the Republic” demonstration that drew fewer than 100 attendees, according to NBC.

Unfortunately, it seems this particular brouhaha has some momentum behind it. Super Happy Fun America has even recruited controversial creeper Milo Yiannopoulos to be the parade’s grand marshal.

Yiannopoulos has issued an appropriately bizarre statement, saying: “I might technically be a sequined and perfectly coiffed friend of Dorothy’s, but I’ve spent my entire career advocating for the rights of America’s most brutally repressed identity — straight people — so I know a thing or two about discrimination.”

Previously, the organizers were claiming the mascot of their event was actor Brad Pitt, who has disavowed the event and since ordered the organizers to immediately disassociate him with it.

Reaction to the event has been almost wholly negative. Actor/activist George Takei, actor Chris Evans, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and many others have condemned the affair as backward thinking. Ocasio-Cortez had a particularly funny zinger, asking: “Will people have to come out as straight? What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?”

Jokes aside, this event is a really bad idea. The empowerment of minority groups that have suffered true oppression is important because it helps change the culture that allows for the oppression. Pride isn’t just about having a good time. It’s a political event that stands up against everyone who willingly bullies LGBTQ+ people.

The first Pride parades included people marching with bags over their heads because they were so afraid of being recognized and ostracized. That’s the origin of Pride. That’s why it’s important.

Today, there are still states where gay couples cannot adopt children and where their marriages are constantly called into question by so-called “religious” people. Just a few years ago during Pride Month, a shooter opened fire in a gay nightclub because he didn’t like LGBTQ+ people.

To know all that — and then to think there’s a sincere case for “straight oppression” or a “straight pride parade” — is totally ludicrous and downright absurd.

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45 comments

Joan E
Joan E1 days ago

You wake up, Masked Jerk.

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Pam Bruce
Pam B2 days ago

These people are so stupid. Being proud that I am gay is my right. Quit raining on my rights.

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 days ago

Thanks.

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 days ago

Thanks.

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Toni W
Toni W3 days ago

TYFS

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Toni W
Toni W3 days ago

TYFS

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lori Gearhart
lori Gearhart3 days ago

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Rita Delfing
Rita D3 days ago

I am very concerned with the way things are going in North America. Religion is getting to close to politics again, what is the difference with a Muslim fundamentalist that is going to kill people and think he will get 100 virgins, to crazy christian zealots interfering in regards to a women and their body and choices. Nothing they are both nuts and think their religion is what it is. It's not, it's your belief. We are heading for a very slippery slope. I bet a bunch of neo nazi's show up, cause that's who we want to promote (eyes rolling).

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Irene S
Irene S4 days ago

A common phenomenon. When the privileged majority (of course they never feel privileged, they consider it normality) has finally to share some of their privileges, they easily feel discriminated and oppressed. A bit of self-reflection would do no harm.

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Paul Carter
Paul Carter4 days ago

I am a Working Class, White, Straight Male with no religious affiliations. I don't feel privileged; but only because I don't know what its like to be discriminated against. In my experience those who feel they are loosing their privileges, because people who are different from them are starting to be treated equally, are in desperate need of education. Equal treatment under the law is a fundamental pillar of a civilized society and since we haven't reached that state yet we should all fight to achieve it.

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