So Boston seems to be catering to the demands of a fringe group that wishes to hold a Straight Pride parade. The group is of course making a mockery of Pride Month, and the issues many LGBTQ people face. Unfortunately, we are likely to have family or connections that more than likely support this, so, what could we say?
- Being anti-straight is not the position of Pride — As we say year after year, Pride started as a riot. The Stonewall Riot occurred because cops were abusing their power and harassing gay and trans people. And guess what this still happens today. Trans people are consistently misgendered and profiled by the police. Even in death, many of these trans people are misgendered in police reports taking away their human dignity. When was the last time being straight was a reason you were arrested? When was the last time your church was raided for “deviant behavior” like Stonewall? When was the last time the police harassed and discriminated against you because you were cisgender? Pride happens as a reminder that we will not be erased, and we will not be silent. Newsflash — none of that is attacking your sexual orientation — you could even attend Pride and support your family.
- Over 400 transgender people have been murdered in the last year. Pride recognizes that the average life span of a trans woman is 35. Why? Because her chances of being murdered are 1 in 12, and even higher for trans women of color that are being targeted in the United States at alarming rates. The murder of trans women is terrorism. It is perpetrated in many cases by religious, cisgender, straight people that fear trans women and want to push back. Don’t believe me? A mayor in Alabama just said this —
“The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.” — Mark Chambers
So again, when were you told that because you were straight you needed to be systematically killed? Oh, that’s right, you never have been. Being straight is the majority, so why are you celebrating pride in a man like Mark, and the people flocking to your straight pride (read white nationalist) rallies?
3. Pride is about equality — and as such the quote always rings true that-
“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”
The leaders of the Boston Straight Pride, and other groups see the equality we ask for as oppression. They think because a lesbian wants a cake they are being oppressed, because a gay couple adopts they are being oppressed. It’s absolutely unreal the depths they are going to so that they may find “oppression.” Worse yet, we are living in a world where transgender healthcare is being stripped, trans people are banned from the military, and leaders of cities are calling for our death. That is textbook discrimination and oppression, and you don’t get to lessen it with tears that you need to bake a cake.
4. Finally Straight Pride is nothing more than white nationalism. Gasp, yes. True, yes. The tenets of white nationalism are purity, and procreation. The biggest fear of a white nationalist is the loss of tribe defined as skin color. They see LGBTQIA folx as a threat to their tribe, and are trying to use coy strategies to get their hate mobs to organize. A cursory search of Facebook will find multiple “Straight Pride” groups that are advocating intolerance of LGBTQIA people, the intentional misgendering of any trans person, and are run by accounts filled with white nationalist pictures, quotes and more. Again, straight pride is not a thing, because there is no oppression. But when you are already attending a church that maligns LGBTQ people, vote for a party that excludes them, and adds in race you are already on your way to being a full blown Nazi. Straight Prides have also posted much about banning Antifa so that we know is another tactic of the Nazis and white nationals. We should be vigilant in calling it what it is, and hopefully exposing it.
In general this new movement is meant to intimidate and terrorize us more than anything. It is an attempt to keep closets closed, and silence us.