3. Straight Pride UK’s goals include: Awareness, Equality, and Rights.
4. The site states:
Heterosexuals do not have equality, homosexuals have more rights then any sector of society. They have the right to take over city streets, dress ridiculously, and parade with danger and contempt. Straight Pride, is normal everyday people, dressed normally, walking normally, to raise awareness of being straight, and being PROUD to be heterosexual.
6. The site originated from a Twitter account on May 12th:
We are organising a Straight Pride, to celebrate being heterosexual. Gays have heterophobic gay pride. It’s time to be equal….
Have a great evening and weekend, and enjoy the sunshine. Remember to have PRIDE in being Straight. #equality #StraightPride
We are Straight Pride, moving forward for equal heterosexual rights in today’s politically correct society. Be proud to be straight.
10. Hold on, it gets worse:
Straight Pride, is normal everyday people, dressed normally, walking normally, to raise awareness of being straight, and being PROUD.
Heterosexuals wish to have the same right as homosexuals, to march and celebrate in Pride of being heterosexual.
Straight Pride is not homophobic. We want equality, and its only equal we have a ‘Pride March’. Comments will only make us stronger.
The group claims that the LGBT community has special rights and that there is a “lack of rights and equality for heterosexuals.” Of course, no matter which country you reside in, this is simply untrue. The LGBT community is making great strides, but in terms of marriage, employment, healthcare, and other deserved rights; equality is a long way off. The mindset of this website is not one of genuine desire to celebrate straight pride.
When Gay Star News called the site “anti-gay”, the site’s authors responded with, “Interesting how that term of abuse is applied when the attention is taken off them, or they are threatened with challenged.” Gay Star News also reported that most of the more offensive tweets have since been deleted.
The site’s twitter account has tweeted messages such as, “‘We need Straight Pride to demonstrate that being heterosexual is nature’s way. We need to crush the gay agenda.” Bigoted? Only a bit. They add, “‘If the gays can have their day, so can normal humans.”
16. The group is attempting to organize a march on the same day as the gay pride march in Birmingham.
We can only hope attendance will be dismal.
17. Some people assumed this was a parody account:
This Straight Pride thing is a joke, isn’t it? I can’t even tell… http://t.co/waZfvLhkap
18. Others attempted to respond with reason and patience:
.@StraightPrideUK Gay pride’s a response to gays being made to feel ashamed of who they are. When have you ever felt ashamed to be straight?
@StraightPrideUK Im proud to be straight, but Im also proud of being tolerant. Your message sounds more like hate than equality #BadExample
20. And there has been plenty of tongue-in-cheek jesting:
@StraightPrideUK I’ll be there too! We can do a light brunch beforehand, followed by cocktails in soho. Wear something fabulous. Kiss kiss
21. Boy George sums it up nicely:
Fuck ‘Straight Pride’ let’s have international Grey Tracksuit day!