The Straight Pride Parade in Boston Is a Terrible Idea
BOSTON - June is celebrated as Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community, but, as with most things, petty, insecure people with bad motivations have to do whatever they can to try and ruin good things for good people.
Boston's 49th pride parade is slated to be held on Saturday, and in response, a man named Mark Sahady filed for a permit from the city to organize a "straight pride" parade on August 31, to celebrate the "straight community" in the face of "discrimination." Here's the full post from Sahady:
Basically, it's a bunch of inane drivel and one of the truly stupidest things I've ever seen. I mean, can you imagine how foolish you would have to be to actually take part in something like that? It sucks that there is even a tentative date for something like that. Furthermore, this comes from a known provocateur. Sahady is public about his involvement in extreme right-wing groups that align themselves with white nationalists and Neo-Nazis, including the one that organized the "free speech rally" in November 2017 that led to large, heated counter-protests much larger than the rally itself.
Many have responded to this abomination of a "straight pride" parade, mostly with the kind of contempt you would expect. One respondent was Stephen Colbert, who released this video for The Late Show.
And Massachusetts natives Michael Schur, the showrunner of The Good Place, and Chris Evans, the star of Avengers: Endgame, both chimed in on the matter on Twitter.
James Fell's post, quoted in Evans' tweet, said it better than I could. The "straight pride" parade is clearly an example of an event that is reactionary to something else. It is not being held out of any sort of actual pride, and doesn't belong in Massachusetts, a state which is proud of its history as the first to legalize gay marriage. If anything, it should only be marked by the shame it would bring on those who feel the need to undercut the empowering nature of pride parades, and the importance of giving a spotlight to communities who are too often ignored.
These are the same type of people who complain that movies cater to everyone except white men, which would quickly be proven wrong by a quick scroll through a list of recently released films just in the past year. The world at large still revolves around straight people, white people, and men, the same as it always has. And God forbid there is any one event during the year that doesn't specifically cater to these specific straight people and stroke their apparently fragile egos.