BOSTON (AP) | An attempt at a “straight pride” parade in Boston has sparked outrage days before the city hosts its gay pride parade.
Efforts by the group calling itself Super Happy Fun America come amid LGBTQ Pride Month, with Boston’s parade scheduled for June 8.
City officials say the group has been in contact with the city, but hasn’t received permits. Organizers want to host the parade in August.
The group didn’t immediately respond to email or Facebook messages.
Many people took to Twitter to condemn the event, including Captain America himself, actor Chris Evans.
Wow! Cool initiative, fellas!! Just a thought, instead of ‘Straight Pride’ parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children’ parade? Whatta ya think? Too on the nose?? https://t.co/gaBWtq2PaL
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 5, 2019
Actress Rosanna Arquette, singer-songwriter Mitchy Collins and YouTuber Tyler Oakley were among the other celebrities who took to Twitter to comment on “straight pride.”
What the hell is the straight pride parade anyway. ?Just a bunch insecure white men and and women who seem to be so threatened by people celebrating the pride of LGBTQIA community .it says a lot about these people ,it should just be called the homophobia pride parade. 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) June 5, 2019
Straight pride parade? I’m trying to think of something funny to say but like I can’t cause this is the dumbest funniest shit I’ve ever heard. Y’all need to SIT DOWN.
— mitchy collins (@MitchyCollins) June 6, 2019
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) June 4, 2019
Boston Pride President Linda Demarco said in a statement that straight allies of the LGBTQ community are among the thousands who come out every year to march and celebrate.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh didn’t mention the “straight pride” parade in a statement June 4, but the Democrat said this week is about “Boston’s values of love and inclusion, which are unwavering.”