15 responses

  1. Priya Lynn
    August 4, 2011

    I’d really like to see what they’re going to come up with to parade that’s going to have any entertainment value. That and how they’re going to try and walk the non-existant line between “not being anti-gay but protesting against the privileges the gay community enjoys.”

  2. Matt
    August 4, 2011

    Nice last line!

  3. Pacal
    August 4, 2011

    The legislation’s author, Carlos Apolinario, said the idea for a Heterosexual Pride Day is “not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys.”

    What “priviledges”? THe comment amounts to I am not homophobic, but I am.

  4. TampaZeke
    August 4, 2011

    The great thing about Straight Pride Day is, if you miss it don’t worry, there will be another one the next day, and another one the next day and another one the next day 365 days a year rain or shine, EXCEPT for leap year when there’s 366 Straight Pride days.

  5. Kelly
    August 4, 2011

    Yeah, you know, as a straight woman, all those privileges the gay community enjoys really get to me. The privilege to be bullied at a higher rate, the privilege to, until September 20, keep who you are hidden if you want to serve in the armed forces, the privilege to be denied the legal protections and rights of civil marriage in most states and at a federal level. Yeah, it must be nice to be so privileged while us straight folks have to suffer acceptance for who we are without even trying.

  6. Cory Sampson
    August 4, 2011

    “Because the thing about events is that it can be fun to join someone in celebrating their uniqueness and love for their community – be it St. Patrick’s Day or the Lotus Festival or MLK Day or Gay Pride or even a March for Jesus, I suppose.”

    You know, I was about to get all indignant about the dismissive tone with which you talk about a “March for Jesus” – but then I realized that most organizers of a March for Jesus would make it into (at least partially) and anti-gay event – and the corollary is that if someone DID organize a gay-friendly March for Jesus, nobody would go to it.

    That said, who here wants to organize a gay-friendly March for Jesus?

  7. DN
    August 4, 2011

    “Because the thing about events is that it can be fun to join someone in celebrating their uniqueness and love for their community”

    Couldn’t agree more. When I lived in Chicago, I randomly ended up in the middle of the (I don’t know what it’s really called) Puerto Rican Pride parade. I don’t give a crap about Puerto Rico and I’d never really thought about their culutre as an XYZ entity. But dammit, if I didn’t have fun that day.

  8. Christopher
    August 4, 2011

    What colour will their flag be? Brown?

  9. Beasil
    August 5, 2011

    I’ve figured that “pride” in the LGBTetc context is just a euphemism for not being ashamed to be gender atypical like people have implied one should be for centuries. This is why the idea of a straight pride parade is asinine.

  10. james
    August 5, 2011

    Every time an opposite gender couple gets married, it’s a celebration of “straight pride.” Fancy costumes. A parade down the aisle of the church. Special music. A big meal. Lots of people there to watch. They even throw “confetti” of one kind or another. All that time and money just to give the bride and groom religious, legal, and societal approval to go have sex and make babies. Yes, ever since the gays took over the main street, straight people have had nothing to be proud of.

  11. jpeckjr
    August 5, 2011

    @Christopher: Not brown.


  12. Priya Lynn
    August 5, 2011

    Beasil said “I’ve figured that “pride” in the LGBTetc context is just a euphemism for not being ashamed to be gender atypical like people have implied one should be for centuries.”.

    That’s the response I give to bigots when they say “Gay pride march, what are you so proud of?”.

  13. cowboy
    August 5, 2011

    Why do we have parades anyway? All parades have a “pride” component/aspect to them.

    We’re just a bunch of people with a need for some level of exhibitionism or “pride” in who we are.

    Though, some of the outfits the baton twirlers wear…(cough cough)…are exhibiting more than their pride.

    And that parade-hand-waving motion is only to draw attention and to say: “Look at me!”

    Parades are silly. But I go to them.

  14. Timothy Kincaid
    August 5, 2011


    I think an inclusive March for Jesus could be a fun thing if well organized. Maybe floats with various churches singing their favorite hymns, and you know that when the AME float went by everyone would be smiling and moving their feet.

    And maybe that could have happened up through the 70′s.

    But while I know nothing about Brazil’s March for Jesus, I suspect that any March for Jesus in the US today would be focused on who they were marching against and the “for Jesus” part would be an afterthought.

    Well… okay, maybe if the Lutherans planned a March for Jesus in Minnesota it would not have any anti-anybody elements… (I’m picturing Fracis McDormand in Fargo and Kirsty Alley in Drop Dead Gorgeous)

  15. thor ribeiro
    August 9, 2011

    I´m actualy from São Paulo, and a bit embarassed about this new law.

    It was passed by legislative manouvering of the vilest sort. Now its fate is uncertain because the mayor has to sign off on it. He´s a closeted homossexual in the conservative party, who tried to look modern, so it can go either way.

    The timing is terrible. The civil unions recognition sparked a series of nasty homophobic attacks, with more than one fatal victim. The notoriety of the gay movement is growing, for better and for worse: there is a lot of resentment in the air.

    The growing pentecostal movement is troubling, though not as it is in the US: the March for Jesus is indeed (a bit) inclusive and welcomes gay friendly churches (the Metropolitana church, for an example)

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