Again, at Pride Events we like to discuss controversial topics and this is just that! We like to look at topics with an open mind and try to consider both points of view. Ultimately, we love to discuss! So if you have any points you would like to raise, please comment at the bottom of this article.
So, the question has been raised:
“If there is a Gay Pride, why isn’t there a Straight Pride?”
Many feel this obscene remark / question falls down to a lack of awareness and understanding. Some feel that Gay, Trans or Bi Prides are centred around the party scene. Everyone wearing flamboyant clothing, waving rainbow flags and genuinely having a good time. It seems to pass peoples minds what the roots of the event are about. It appears some people just want a Straight Pride Event as a retaliation for there being a Gay, Trans and/or Bi Pride. Again, this response again seems to show a lack of awareness, understanding and education.
“Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful that you don’t need one”
LGBTQ+ and the wider community have a dark history of protests, marches, discrimination, pain and the sacrificing of lives to get where they are today. And, don’t be fooled, there is still work to be done. Do straight people have this history? No. Do straight people have to worry each day about their sexuality and what live in fear because of the gender of their chosen partner? No. It seems there isn’t much call for a Straight Pride … because there isn’t the need for one! Heterosexual relations are still regarded as the “norm”. Yes, there is an increase in acceptance of same-sex relationships in the UK, but man-woman relations are still the stereotypical family makeup.
People should be proud of their sexuality regardless of what it. Yes, equality is high on peoples priority lists and so it should be! Equality would mean giving straight people the opportunity to proudly live without fear or judgement. Ultimately, if people are against a straight people highlighting their sexuality, don’t they naturally fall into the same category as any homophobic person? But this draws the question, is there a need for a Straight Pride Event if heterosexuals are living free of fear anyway? Regardless of anyone sexual preferences, body choices or similar, awareness and support is critical to a peace.
In Helsinki, Finland during 2011, in contrary to most straight prides, the Helsinki Gay Pride march organisers arranged a group called “Proud Heterosexuals” and marched during the cities Gay Pride March in order to show their support for the event. This action stood in the face of negativity and is a true example of unity, community and togetherness. There are also millions of heterosexual male and females who openly support Pride Events in the UK. It is all about “Respect, Accept and Connect”.
The LGBTQ+ and wider community need to continue to stand tall, proud and together whilst staring critics and judgementalists in the face as one community. Don’t get caught up in the Straight Pride antics, concentrate on what matters the most.
Pride Events in the UK give the LGBTQ+ and wider communities the opportunity to be free and who they are. Embrace this opportunity. If critics what to rant on about Straight Pride, Heterosexual Pride and whatever other Pride they come up with, let them! Nothing will take away the LGBTQ+ and wider communities colourful history. As the community grows, so does the support.