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2019: "Super Happy Fun America"
group is organizing a "straight
pride parade" in Boston:

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Super Happy Fun America:

This is a new U.S. group that describes their role as advocating:

"... on behalf of the straight community in order to foster respect and awareness with people from all walks of life." 1

As of 2019-JUN-06, they have no mailing address or phone number. But they do have:

  • A web site at: www.superhappyfunamerica.com.

  • An acronym: "SHFA"

  • Slogans: "Straight Rights are Human Rights!" and "Its Great to be Straight."

  • A President, John Hugo; Vice President, Mark Sahady; Gay Ambassador, Chris Batrtley; and Media Relations person, Anthony Tamagna.
  • A mascot: The actor Brad Pitt. He was initially unaware of the "honor" of being appointed mascot. When he found out, he asked that the group stop using his name and likeness for the parade. 7 On JUN-07, SHFA posted a message on their website, stating:

    "Due to a scheduling conflict, our former mascot is no longer available.  Not to worry, we found someone younger, more handsome, and more in tune with heroic masculine virtues.  Milo Yiannopoulos has accepted the offer to be mascot and Grand Marshall of the parade!..."

    "Upon his appointment as Grand Marshall, Milo Yiannopoulos said: 'I might technically be a sequined and perfectly coiffed friend of Dorothy’s, 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'." 9

  • A heterosexual flag design: Its upper right half is pink; its lower left half is blue, representing females and males. In the center are the female and male symbols in yellow:

female-male symbol1

SHFA asked the City of Boston to fly their flag at City Hall, but were refused. This is in spite of the city ordinance MGL c.272, s.98, which prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation in places of public accommodation. 

President John Hugo has stated, apparently while managing to keep a straight face:

"Straight people are an oppressed majority. We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgment and hate. The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other [sexual] orientations." 5

The group is negotiating with the City of Boston to hold a parade, tentatively scheduled for 2019-AUG-31. They chose Boston, MA, because of the city's historical significance and reputation as a progressive city.

They are requesting:

  • That their parade follow the same route as the Boston Pride parade;

  • The same accommodations as the Boston Pride parade including street closings and the inclusion of vehicles and floats;

  • Permission to raise the Straight Pride Flag on Boston City Hall flag poles;

  • To add the letter "S" to LGBTQ because "it’s more inclusive that way."

Gregory Rooney, the Commissioner of the Boston Property Management Department, initially rejected the group's request. Negotiations continued.

On 2019-MAY-30, SHFA's Vice President, Mark Sahady, posted a note on his facebook page:

"It looks like the Boston Straight Pride Parade will happen. We filed a discrimination complaint and it appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation. The city is now working with us on the parade. We will have the streets closed and be allowed floats and vehicles. The tentative date is 8/31 but will be finalized in the next few weeks. ..."

"If you would like to come as an individual, march as a group, or bring a float or vehicle, then get in touch. This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride." 3

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Some reactions to the SHFA and its proposed parade:

Chasten Buttigieg, the husband of Pete Buttigieg (D), a 2020 presidential contender tweeted a series of questions for SHFA:

"Questions you may want to ask yourself before organizing an identity based parade: Is it/was it ever legal for me to be jailed for my identity? Can I be denied housing/health services because of how I identity? Is it legal to kill me in other countries for how I identify?"

Author Craig Rozniecki tweeted:

"Every day is a Straight Pride Parade, as regardless of intent, heterosexuals parade privilege across the country/world, not understanding that members of the LGBT community have continually fought and sacrificed for what they take for granted." 5

Former Minnesota State Senate candidate, Shawn Olson, suggested that:

"Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn't straight pride movement, be grateful you don't need one." 5

An unidentified person supporter of straight pride tweeted:

"I'm gay and I'm ok with a straight pride parade Don't be hypocrites. So much for being a tolerant and accepting community."

Another tweeted:

"If you are against the #StraightPrideParade you are just as bad as any homophobic person,"

Actor Chris Evans who formerly played the role of Captain America, said:

"It's official. Boston is going to have a 'Straight Pride Parade.'

I'm straight. I like being straight. A big reason why I like being straight is that I've never once experienced bigotry for my sexuality. I didn't have to fight for my right to marry the person of my choosing. I didn't have to concern myself with being beaten or killed because others didn't accept who I wanted to sleep with. I didn't have to stay closeted out of fear, or worry about the reaction of my family, friends, or colleagues by coming out.

I never got called a slur for being straight. No one told me I'm going to burn in hell for being straight. There aren't any programs where I could be sent to be tortured into no longer being straight. 8 There aren't any countries where you can be put to death simply for being straight.

There is nothing I ever had to fight for, or struggle against, because I'm straight. And therefore, there isn't any reason to take pride in it. Grateful for the privileges I get? Sure. But pride? I don't see it.

What I do see is that this parade is misnamed. It's not a 'Straight Pride Parade." It should be called a 'I'm a homophobic piece of shit' parade." 6

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. The female-male symbol is in the public domain. See: https://commons.wikimedia.org/
  2. "Boston Rejects Straights," Super Happy Fun America, 2019-APR, at: https://www.superhappyfunamerica.com/
  3. Mark Sahady's Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/
  4. Marisa Iayi, "It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a ‘Straight Pride’ parade," The Washington Post, 2019-JUN-05, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  5. Patrick Evans, "Calls for a 'Straight Pride Parade' cause stir," BBC News, 2019-JUN-03, at: https://www.bbc.com/
  6. Taylor Henderson, "Chris Evans just eviscerated Boston's Straight Pride Parade," Pride, 2019-JUN-05, at: https://www.pride.com/
  7. "Brad Pitt Puts Organizers on Notice ... Stop Using Me as Face of Straight Pride!!!," TMZ, 2019-JUN-09, at: https://www.tmz.com/
  8. Chris Evans is referring to reparative or conversion therapy programs which are intended to convert persons with a homosexual orientation to heterosexuality. They have a zero or near zero success rate and are being prohibited as treatments for children and youths across the U.S.
  9. Milo Yiannopoulos replaces former mascot," Super Happy Fun America, 2019-JUN-07 at: https://www.superhappyfunamerica.com/

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