Boston 'Straight Pride' application has been approved
A group known as 'Super Happy Fun America' has had its application to organise a 'Straight Pride Parade' in Boston approved. The Straight Pride movement has provoked controversy on social media.
Earlier in June, Mayor Marty Walsh claimed that the city was unable to oppose the event, since "permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of belief."
Despite the backlash, organisers insist that the event isn't intended to promote homophobia or bigotry.
Watch John Hugo talk about Straight Pride:
Commenting on the successful application, president John Hugo stated on the group's official website: "We would like to congratulate the City for embracing progress and recognizing the rights of straights. The parade will be a seminal moment in the history of civil rights in America."
"All are welcome, both straights and allies, to join us in celebrating the diverse history, culture, and contributions of the straight community. 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 day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations."
However, although the approval has been granted, the group still needs permission from the police department and licensing board, according to Boston.com. If they agree to the terms of the march, then the parade will take place on August 31 from noon to 3 pm.
It remains to be seen how well-attended the Straight Pride Parade will be.