BOSTON – Emerson College President Lee Pelton has openly shared his thoughts with students on the upcoming Straight Pride Parade in Boston set to take place this weekend, per Boston 25 News.
In a letter to the student body, President Pelton slammed the parade, referring to the event as both a "perversion" and a “spectacle."
Pelton went on to warn new and returning college students scheduled to move in over Labor Day weekend that the event had nothing to do with freedom of speech, as organizers behind the event claim.
"Do not be lulled into believing this parade is motivated by any noble obligation to protect freedom of speech or assembly. This is its mask only and behind that mask are a group of angry and misguided people whose aim is to turn a cherished American value “e pluribus unum,” “out of the many, one” on its head.”
Pelton added, “The Straight Pride Parade is a perversion. It is a desecration of beauty, truth and generosity and that is why we must call it out, call it what is, with a loud, clear, unambiguous and unified voice."
Meanwhile, according to the organization holding the parade, Super Happy Fun America's President John Hugo feels straight people are an oppressed majority.
“Straight people are an oppressed majority. We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate. The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations.”
Hugo and his supporters, who say they are not a hate group, hope the parade will raise awareness regarding the issues they say impact straight people.
The Straight Pride Parade is scheduled to take place on August 31 with a starting point of Copley Square.
Organizers and supporters of the parade plan to make their way past Emerson College, down Boylston Street, with an end route of City Hall.
Meanwhile, counter protesters plan to voice their own opinions at the parade and have already set aside bail money if they are arrested, as shared by Mass Live.
The Lucy Parsons Center of Jamaica Plains set up a crowdfunded campaign to assist counter protesters with their bail and any other possible legal fees. They have raised $2,500.00 in preparation for this weekend’s Straight Pride Parade.