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  • They’re Perhaps the Most Despised Group in America — and They’re Pushing Back

    Turns out what’s good for the gay goose is good for the straight gander, right?

    Initially turned down by Boston officials, the city’s first ever “Straight Pride” parade has now been given the formal go-ahead and granted an official date: August 31.

    The group behind the event is the puckishly titled “Super Happy Fun America,” writes James Barrett (Daily Wire), announcing the late-summer event for the media in front of Boston City Hall just over a week ago.

    The municipality first rejected the “Straight Pride” proposal, but the group filed a discrimination complaint – and that altered the situation. Beantown has conceded it cannot deny a gathering on account of its ideological viewpoint. Mayor Marty Walsh elaborated earlier this month,

    “Permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs. The City of Boston cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values.”

    To which those of us who’ve watched for years as conservative, Christian and/or constitutional outfits have been taking it in the neck reply: No kidding.

    CBS Boston relays that “Super Happy Fun America” originally requested City Hall fly a “Straight Pride” flag — they display a Gay Pride banner, after all.  Of course, the overture “was denied as city officials said they have sole discretion on what flags fly outside City Hall.”

    This bizarrely implied there’s something unpleasant or disreputable about heterosexuals, especially as contrasted with their homosexual opposite numbers – who are consistently wiser, smarter, kinder, more sensitive and more fun to be around if contemporary television and movie fare, and pop culture in general, are any indication.

    Next, the group’s attempt to get permission to run its parade the route of the annual Pride Parade was shut down, but this time the legal appeal made the difference.

    “[I]t appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation,” the group’s vice president, Mark Sahady, added in a Facebook post. “The city is now working with us on the parade.”

    As The Daily Wire has reported, the organizers of the “Straight Pride” Parade present it as an alternative to the annual Gay Pride Parade, describing the event as an opportunity to “celebrate heterosexuality.”

    Super Happy’s president, John Hugo, said,

    “We want people to be aware that there is not only one side of things.”

    “There’s a lot of people that are uncomfortable with a lot of things that are going on in our country and they’re afraid to speak up.”

    Kinda thrilling discovering there are some Americans willing to march against the rainbow/ everything-is-racist tsunami, isn’t it?

    Since when is it controversial to herald a lifestyle representative of ninety-five percent of the human race and which most people – including those living in new England’s largest city — considered normal somewhere around, oh, four days ago? Borrowing George Orwell:

    “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”

    Sahady expounded further, tapping into country-loving impulses, “This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride.”

    Controversy — de rigueur nowadays, it seems — has dogged this effort. Deepeningly annoying and outspokenly progressive actor Chris Evans hopped on Twitter, branding the organizers “homophobic” and resorting to this supplementary scrap of limp boilerplate:

    “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?”

    Are we supposed to react, “Ooooh, how clever!” to that crack?

    Maybe it’s a positive development Evans is reportedly washing his hands of his wildly popular Captain America role. He’s played the part quiet effectively in several great flicks the past decade, but if he keeps it up it’s going to become more and more difficult to appreciate them.

    FOX Nation host Tomi Lahren, on the other hand, stuck up for the pro-heterosexual procession, ripping Boston’s initial denial

    as more evidence that it’s “open season” on straight white males. “You can be proud of about anything these days, so long as it’s not straight white male or, God forbid, conservative.”

    Even Brad Pitt got into the act when he found out those planning the outing adopted him as their “mascot.”

    TMZ reported that Pitt told them that “his team has reached out to the Straight Pride Parade organizers, demanding they stop using his name and likeness for their event” and threatened “further action” if they didn’t.

    The Super Happy Fun America folks complied immediately, scrubbing all-things-Pitt from their promotions. Which suggests straight, white males can be cooperative too. And classy.

    Imagine that! Throw ‘em a parade!

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