In my last blog I complained about Vice President Mike Pence comments on the persecution of Christians during his commencement speech at Liberty University. I commented on the ridiculousness of not understanding the difference between criticism and persecution. Mike Pence and his like are not being persecuted, just criticized.
Then this, last week I saw news article about a group in Boston that submitted an application for a Straight Pride Parade that was approved. When I first saw this, I checked the source because my first thought was that it was from the satirical news organization The Onion, because it seemed so totally unbelievable. But no, it was a true story. It all started with a group of men who call themselves “Super Happy Fun America.” According to its website, the group exists to “celebrate the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community.”
Here’s the thing: Straight is the dominant narrative. Straight people as a class have never been persecuted! Straight people and our society take being straight for granted!
Why would we need to express a special pride to be straight when straight people have never been persecuted because they’re straight?
Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but to bring attention to the right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, the straight community should be thankful we don’t need one. For if you are or have ever been in a heterosexual relationship and walked down the street, while holding hands, without getting stares, rude comments or worse; you have already participated in a Straight Pride Parade.