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Straight Pride Parades

Over the years, we have seen great strides for the LGBTQ+ commuity, with things such as Gay Pride Parades all over the world, LGBT Health centers, and just in general much more justice for people who self identify as part of the LGBT+ community. These all have benefits that are quite clear for  LGBTQ+ people, making their lives significantly easier.

However, recently many people believe we have taken a large step back, in terms of our progress to accept people, regardless of sexual orientation, and that we might end up like those countries that continue to make life hard for those who are LGBTQ+ in non-accepting countries, like those in South America and East Asia, as well as parts of Europe and many parts of the US.

 This “step back” is what many know as the “straight pride parade.” 

This was, as told by the participants and organizers, “is a celebration of [their] sexual orientation just like other people celebrate theirs. [They] just think it’s great to be straight.” Another man just simply shouted, “I am straight. Hear me roar!”, to which many cheered his declaration of his straightness. This would show that it is a simple pride parade at the surface, and for some people like this man, it is just that, with no homophobic backtones at all. 

But, as you probably guessed, others in this parade are homophobic. One woman (whose name was not given) said “the LGBT is putting it in schools and the counselors are telling them that it’s okay to be gay. It’s not okay to be gay.” She also said “if it was okay to be gay, how would we be here,” going off the basic fact for natural procreation to take place, a man and woman are necessary, two people of the same gender cannot procreate without the use of sperm/egg donors and other technologies. Another woman stated that she feels that “[straight people] are slowly becoming the minority,” regardless of the fact that approximately 97% of people are straight.

One gay man, Milo Yiannopoulos, a key alt-right figure, said that he has “spent [his] entire career advocating for the rights of America’s most brutally repressed identity: straight people.” However, Milo is a known alt-right neo-Nazi figure, which means that since he was the grand marshall of the straight pride parade, then what does that mean for the rest of the parade-goers? There is proof that many of these people in the straight pride parade support Milo, as when he was giving speech with a Trump 2020 poster behind him and called himself their personal pet “f****t”, everyone cheered and applauded his words.

There are a lot of moral grey areas in this. We all know of homophobic slurs yelled by a quickly dwindling number (or at the very least, increasingly closeted) straight homophobes: that is obvious. But surprisingly enough, there were actually some people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ shouting heterophobic things to the people in the Straight Pride Parade, or at least that’s what we heard from one woman in the parade. A woman who self identified as bisexual considers herself an ally for straight people. She says “straight people throw out the same insults from the sidelines that are being hurled today by gay people toward straight people…I’m here to celebrate their lifestyle. Good for them!” So it seems that we not only have homophobes, but heterophobes as well, which makes this some serious grey area.

 This perhaps gives the straight pride parade’s claim some merit about them being the oppressed majority, but at the same time this very claim is refuted by one woman as part of the protest of the Straight Pride parade, who says “I feel sorry for these people, honestly. I do not hate them. Hate is what they want, and I am sorry for them, that they feel so misguided that they think this is necessary.” So it seems the counter protesters are saying that most of them (as there is good on bad on every side of most conflicts, objectively) do not hate straight people.

This leaves many questions. Does this mean we should have straight pride parades, with the pretext of them being only about straight pride and nothing else, or should we shut them down because they attract many alt-right members? 

Antonio “Tony” Mota is currently a junior in the Packer Collegiate Institute and the head of the technical side of the Packer Prism wesbite. He has written for the Prism before and is excited to continue contributing and to start managing the website. In his free time, you can find him hanging out with his friends, playing video games, browsing Reddit memes, or watching Netflix. A fun fact about Tony is that he aims to be trilingual, as he already knows English, Latin, and is beginning to learn Chinese. Tony can be reached at anmota@packer.edu.

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