LGBTQ Pride Month—which celebrates the progress of the LGBTQ rights movement after the Stonewall Riots—is four days underway.
That's about how long it took for cisgender heterosexuals to claim that straight people were being ignored.
One organizer, Mark Sahady, felt so ousted that he registered for permits with the city of Boston, Massachusetts to throw his own "straight pride" parade. Judging from a recent Facebook post of his, it appears he may have succeeded.
Boston's Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh, however, says the group hasn't quite kept on the straight and narrow in regards to permits. Walsh said in a statement:
“The group planning to host Boston's ‘Straight Pride’ parade has been in contact with the City of Boston, but has not yet received the necessary permits to host a parade. As with all groups seeking to host events in the City of Boston, groups must go through the City of Boston permit process to host events in the City of Boston.”
For centuries, LGBTQ people feared (and continue to fear) for their jobs, their freedom, and their very lives but forged recognition through unflinching activism—activism that the community celebrates with pride parades around the world.
Given that cisgender straight people don't have a similar history of violence and hatred toward them due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, people began calling foul.
@carolynryan Lets call it what it is: A white male fragility parade!— Red (@Red) 1559674527.0
@carolynryan But isn't absolutely every other f'ing parade a straight pride parade? 🙄— Colleen (@Colleen) 1559678781.0
It didn't stop others from imagining what a straight pride parade would look like.
@carolynryan Can’t wait to see the floats of ranch dressing and socks and sandals— Liquid Goth 🏳️🌈⚢☂️ (@Liquid Goth 🏳️🌈⚢☂️) 1559661877.0
@carolynryan That's just called traffic, my dude....— Bamfing Bob (@Bamfing Bob) 1559658628.0
@carolynryan Boston already has Straight Pride; it’s called St. Patrick’s Day and there’s even a parade.— Doug Dodson (@Doug Dodson) 1559662196.0
@carolynryan Beer pong, backwards hats, and douche catcalls all day? I thought that was a frat house— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞) 1559660991.0
@carolynryan NFL jerseys and cargo shorts required— Nu Wexler (@Nu Wexler) 1559664004.0
Way to go, everybody.