BOSTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Despite national negative mainstream media feedback and a city hall disinclined to grant the right of a small upstart group to celebrate heterosexuality, the city of Boston has permitted a "Straight Pride Parade" along the same route as the city's June 8 LGBTQ Pride parade. Homosexual and conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to appear as the parade's grand marshal.
As reported by Church Militant on June 7, the group Super Happy Fun America (SHFA) applied for a parade permit for Aug. 31 with the stated claim they were seeking complete inclusiveness of Boston's various sexual identity groups.
However, their cheeky approach prompted immediate backlash from LGBTQ activists and sympathizers. Captain America actor Chris Evans, for example, Kathy Griffin and 1990s music group Smash Mouth immediately took to Twitter to express their displeasure. The View host Whoopi Goldberg remarked to her television audience and co-panelists: "It’s kind of ridiculous. You can have a straight, male parade any time you want to."
Will "Straight Pride" be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 5, 2019
Will people have to come out as straight?
What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans? https://t.co/7SUiWHWRMd
"By labeling our movement as a 'straight white guy parade,' Whoopi Goldberg effectively trivialized the voices of many in the diverse communities that are participating," said Yiannopoulos in an email to Church Militant.
Echoing the hyperbole often directed by the gay community toward any negative assessment of alternative lifestyles, he added, "Goldberg's comments were an act of literal violence that has endangered the lives of heterosexuals everywhere."
"Heterosexuals have languished in the shadows for decades, but they’re not taking it lying down any more," he said. "Until an 'S' is added, LGBTQ pride will continue to be a system of oppression designed to systematically erase straight people from existence."
"We want tolerance, and we want tolerance for everybody — not just the LGBTQ community," SHFA President John Hugo told The Washington Post, which also included a quote from Hugo's failed congressional campaign: "We are all one race — the human race."
Stating on their website that heterosexuality is "an oppressed majority," Hugo explains: "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."
In a statement on the SHFA website, Yiannopoulos says: "I might technically be a sequined and perfectly coiffed friend of Dorothy's," a reference to Judy Garland's character in The Wizard of Oz and coded designation for a homosexual, "but I've spent my entire career advocating for the rights of America's most brutally repressed identity — straight people — so I know a thing or two about discrimination."
This parade is a gift to anyone, male or female, black or white — gay and transgender allies, too! — who will stand with us and celebrate the wonder and the majesty of God's own heterosexuality. ... Men, bring your most toxic selves. Women, prepare to burn your briefcases! Because it's great to be straight, and we're not apologizing for it anymore. We're Here, Not Queer.
A lengthy webcast conversation between SHFA organizers and Yiannopoulos is available here (some content may be objectionable to some viewers).
"This is the first I have heard of this organization, Super Happy Fun America, so I cannot comment on them specifically," wrote Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse in an email to Church Militant.
Morse is founder and president of the Ruth Institute, a group which supports victims and survivors of the sexual revolution, including people who have walked away from the LGBTQ subculture.
"But I do think it is a hilarious 'turnabout is fair play' kind of project they have cooked up," she added. "I'm surprised we don't see more of these kinds of slightly satirical twists, to be honest. I hope everyone has a good time at the Straight Pride Parade!"
7/1/2019: This article was updated with comments from Milo Yiannopoulos.