The month of June has been regularly designated “LGBT History Month,” a fact that’s particularly sobering considering the horrific act of mass murder at Orlando’s Pulse night club. Yes, it bears repeating that the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history was committed against the LGBT community — a group that is already singled out for physical violence and discriminatory legislation. And yet, for some inexplicable reason, someone (probably a troll with nothing better to do) started the hashtag #HeterosexualPrideDay.
It shouldn’t need to bear repeating over and over that straight people don’t need a pride day; that it takes no courage to be straight; that straight people don’t face discrimination; that people aren’t fired for being straight; that straight people have always been able to marry and adopt children (setting aside other discriminatory barriers such as anti-miscegenation laws). Just like the “Black is Beautiful” campaign was a response to being told constantly that being black was anything but beautiful, the concept of gay pride rose from gay people being told they were lesser than straight people.
It’s just not as simple as being proud of an innate trait for no reason, and it isn’t the equivalent of straight pride or white pride, so spare me the tone-deaf conservative talking points.
But, if you still doubt that the people seriously using this hashtag aren’t bigots — like the white pride crowd or the “All Lives Matter” crowd — let’s take a look at what they had to say, shall we?
Rejected Pillsbury mascot Matt Forney weighed in with stereotypes about HIV:
This is interesting since Matt Forney has admitted to having struck at least one of his partners:
He also conflated pedophiles with gay men:
This is a flat out lie, of course:
White nationalist Angelo John Gage spent the better part of a day arguing on Twitter about it:
Apparently the biggest problem facing straight people is baking cakes for same-sex weddings:
White people are the true minority:
Uh oh, watch out for the fabulous “LGBT militants.” We must protect the children from their militant gayness:
Implying that a man-made construct like marriage is “natural”:
Are all couples with children automatically married? Do all married couples have children? I’m going to say no on both counts:
Homophobes can’t go through an entire discussion without mentioning anal sex, can they?
And here’s “Wife With A Purpose” (implying that most wives don’t have a purpose?), another white supremacist Trump supporter:
Good thing us heterosexuals never get sick. Biology’s weird, isn’t it?
She enjoys using stock photos but isn’t a fan of “queers”:
Lauren Southern straight-splains the concept of gay pride and anti-gay bullying: