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Dance to the last song
Stay with me
Over and over
Tell me you love me
Tell me the words that I want to hear
Let’s embrace
Let’s embrace
And wait for the all-clear

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Straight Pride or: When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression

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Imagine for a second that you’re straight. That you never had to “come out” and confess who you love like it’s a dirty secret. That you never had to endure bullying because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. That people like you were never discriminated against, locked up in prison or even murdered in many countries all over the world.

You could just sit back and enjoy living in a world that’s made for you. Alternatively, if you’re a petty asshole, you could get upset of the queers having one day a year where they get to have a big party in your city and celebrate their community.

A bunch of “men’s rights activists” from Boston decidedly fall into the latter category. The city at the American East coast is set to host a Straight Pride parade in August because apparently the world will end if not everything is about straight people literally all day, every day.

The parade website claims: “Straight people are an oppressed majority. We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate.” The website specifies that all are welcome at the event except “Antifa,” because fighting Nazis doesn’t align well with being straight or something.

Mark Sahady of the right-wing group Resist Marxism is one of the organisers behind the march, alongside pro-Trump Republicans John Hugo and Chris Bartley.

In a Facebook post, Sahady claimed: “It looks like the Boston Straight Pride Parade will happen. We filed a discrimination complaint and it appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation. The city is now working with us on the parade. We will have the streets closed and be allowed floats and vehicles.”

It’s not the first attempt to host a Straight Pride event, though most previous efforts have failed to garner more than 10 attendees.