What is “Straight Pride,” Anyway?

Nationwide June is synonymous with Pride month: the one month of the year where we, the LGBTQIA+ community get to celebrate their story. The month where we get to honor the trailblazers that were hung, humiliated, imprisoned and suffered great deals so that we can have the shred of equality that we do. It’s also the month where we get to reflect on how much more we still need to do, especially for those of us most marginalized. So why am I already seeing posts with cishet folks (mainly men) crying, “Where’s Straight Pride?” Being straight is a part of the everyday fabric that each of us has to navigate – it’s everywhere in society – some would say it’s pervasive, even. So let me offer up 20 reasons why “Straight Pride” is not a thing, won’t ever be a thing, and it utterly offensive to the existence of any marginalized community, but especially the LGBTQIA+ community.

  1. Never has it ever been illegal to be straight. Ever.
  2. Never has a person been murdered or beaten for being straight. Ever.
  3. Never has a straight person been imprisoned or not allowed to vacation in another country. Ever.
  4. Never has the straight community had to fight for equality under the law because they’re straight. Ever.
  5. Never has a straight person been denied the right to marry. Ever.
  6. Never has a religious text said, or been used to say, “being straight is an abomination.” Ever.
  7. Never has a straight person been denied the ability to serve their country because they’re straight. Ever.
  8. Never has a straight person’s sexuality been considered perverted or anything else but normal. Ever.
  9. Never has a straight person had to come out. Ever.
  10. Never has a straight person had to think twice about public displays of affection like holding hands with their spouse. Ever.
  11. Never has someone said, “That’s SOOOOOO straight” as an insult. Ever.
  12. Never has a straight person been told they’re “going through a phase,” because they’re straight. Ever.
  13. Never has a straight person been fired from their job because they’re straight. Ever.
  14. Never has a straight person been told they need “conversion therapy” to be cured of their “deviant sexual behaviors.” Ever.
  15. Never has a straight person been denied the ability to give blood because they’re straight. Ever.
  16. Never has a straight person had to search for movies or books that represent who they are, or have characters that represent them. Ever.
  17. Never has a straight person been denied access to public housing or services because they’re straight. Ever.
  18. Never has a straight person been afraid to be straight out in public. Ever.
  19. Never has a straight person had a disease named after them because they’re straight. Ever.
  20. Never has a straight person been denied their humanity because they’re straight. Ever.

So when someone posts about straight pride: be an ally and tell them why straight pride is not, nor will it ever be a thing. Ever. When you see this type of language and thoughts squash them. June may be Pride month, but that doesn’t mean we don’t think about Pride every single day of every single month of every single year. We’re LGBTQIA+ every day, all day long. All. The. Time. 

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