As we head into the month of June, which is typically Pride month for the wider LGBTQ+ community, the recent news about Boston’s upcoming ‘Straight Pride’ has raised the hackles of many people within the community.
As ridiculous as the idea of even needing such a ‘celebration’ is, it’s not really that crazy when you think about how far to the right most news outlets and politics have shifted over the past few years around many parts of the world.
[…] Sahady said the proposed march was a response to the Massachusetts administration turning down the group’s request that a “straight pride flag” be raised at city hall.
“We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgment and hate,” said John Hugo, president of the group.
Since the ‘Oompaloompa-in-chief’ got into power in America, all the crazies and self-righteous seemed to have come out of the woodwork. It’s allowed some people’s common sense about how life truly is in the world to go out the window along with any common decency.
In their minds, these stereotypical white, straight men think they’ve been marginalised to the point where they think they’re now a minority.
Sometimes you just wish you could slap someone upside the head to knock some sense into them.
What these so-called ‘oppressed’ straight men seem to forget is that they haven’t had to live with all the issues the LGBTQ+ community has had to over the decades. They’ve never had to fear letting people see their true selves in public without fear of being attacked, bullied, beaten, ostracised, ridiculed, and sadly in some cases, killed.
They’ve never had to hide who they love from their families or friends. They’ve never had their private lives poked into, investigated, or invaded. They’ve never had to stand up against the larger society and pronounce to the world who they were as a person.
They’ve just had to be themselves from the moment they were born, without worrying how people would perceive their sexuality or gender. They could introduce their significant others to those around them without fear of ramifications or consequences to their lives or careers.
They hadn’t had to fight for their rights to love and marry their spouses, or their rights to fair and equitable treatment. They haven’t had to fight for the right to serve their country, or recognition of their partnered status when it comes to medical issues.
They don’t get harassed or embarrassed on public transit when travelling with their partners, let alone attacked for who they are or with. They can walk down the street holding their partner’s hand without worrying that someone passing by may take offence to a simple outpouring of love and affection to another person.
What these ‘straight pride’ enthusiasts keep forgetting is that the whole Gay Pride movement was born out of our community being continually harassed in supposedly ‘safe spaces’ by the police and powers that be.
Early on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning persons rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 43 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City. This riot and further protests and rioting over the following nights were the watershed moment in modern LGBT rights movement and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger public scale. (Wikipedia)
As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and basically the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement), now is the time to realise that the fight for equal rights is still just as important now as it was back in 1969 when Marsha P. Johnson famously became one of the prominent figures in the uprising at the time.
All too many of us within our own community take for granted the rights and freedoms we’ve already ‘won’ over the past several decades, and we’ve become a bit lackadaisical in our approach to these things. We’ve allowed ‘Pride’ to become less of a political statement and more of festival environment that forgets where it came from.
We need to step back up and make our voices heard without the mainstream media drowning us out. We need to re-embrace our Pride and remember where it came from.