Pride Month kicks off in Boston on Tuesday with a lights event, a paint night — and preparations for a possible “Straight Pride Parade” this summer.
The event to celebrate heterosexuality in one of the nation’s most gay-friendly cities is meant to poke fun at the “identity politics” of the political left, organizer Mark Sahady wrote in a Facebook comment.
The parade organizers have designed a flag and designated actor Brad Pitt as their “mascot.”
“For them everything is based upon identity and whether or not one is categorized as a victim or an oppressor,” Sahady wrote on Facebook. “If you get victim status then you are entitled to celebrate yourself and expect those with oppressor status to defer to your feelings.”
Sahady has also organized “free speech” ralliesand a gun rights demonstration with the group Resist Marxism, whose website says it tries to “defend the Constitution against violent extremists and the regressive left.” Resist Marxism clashed with the city of Boston over permitting for at least one of its previous events, according to Boston.com.
Organizers of the Straight Pride Parade tentatively plan to host the event Aug. 31, Sahady wrote, and have filed a discrimination complaint against Boston for permission to fly their straight pride flag.
The parade will include floats and vehicles, Sahady wrote, and will run from Copley Square to City Hall — the same route as the official Pride parade will take Saturday.
John Hugo, one of the Straight Pride Parade’s organizers, told The Washington Post that the keynote speaker would be “a very famous gay conservative,” whom he declined to name. As the LGBT acronym grows to also include queer, intersex and asexual people, Hugo and his fellow organizers want to add an “S” for “straight,” he said.
Criticizing Massachusetts’s efforts to support the gay community is unfairly labeled as hate, Hugo said, and the parade organizers “feel we’re an oppressed majority.”
“We want tolerance, and we want tolerance for everybody — not just the LGBTQ community,” Hugo said.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Marisa Iati and originally published at The Washington Post. Title changed by P&P.]
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