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USHeightened security in Boston for 'pro-straight parade'

12:00  31 august  2019
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College president calls Straight Pride Parade in Boston a 'perversion'

College president calls Straight Pride Parade in Boston a 'perversion' Emerson College President Lee Pelton harshly criticized the event set for Saturday in Boston Parade organizers fired back.

Boston on Wednesday approved a public event application and parade route for a Straight Pride Parade , whose organizers plan to celebrate what they view as America’s “oppressed majority” — heterosexuals.

Local conservative activists are planning a “ Straight Pride” parade in Boston for August — with their own heavy security in case of trouble — though both its organizer and the president of the LGBTQ pride parade invited each other to the other’s events. John Hugo, the president of the “Super Happy

Police in Boston are gearing up for possible clashes Saturday between "Straight Pride Parade" demonstrators supportive of President Donald Trump and counter-protesters who accuse them of being homophobic and extremist.

Heightened security in Boston for 'pro-straight parade'© John Rudoff Enrique Tarrio (L), a member of the all-male 'Proud Boys' organization, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is due to attend

A group calling itself Super Happy Fun America has organized the controversial parade in response to the hugely popular gay pride parades that take place in US cities every year.

Critics say organizers are white-supremacists whose intent is to bait members of the LGBT community in one of America's most liberal cities, and have arranged demonstrations to oppose it.

Boston's Straight Pride Parade is here after months of debate

Boston's Straight Pride Parade is here after months of debate After months of build-up and debate, the controversial Straight Pride Parade is set to take place Saturday in Boston. Police say they're ready.

The Boston Straight Pride Parade refers to a controversial event that would celebrate heterosexuals in society. Effectively a parody of LGBTQ Pride Parades , the parade is set to take place in August 2019 in Boston Massachusetts. However, many members and supporters of the LGBTQIA+ community

People around the country are outraged over one man's plans to hold a Straight Pride Parade in Boston .

"There are no racists in our group. You have to come to one of our meetings: it's like the United Nations," president John Hugo told AFP, defending the parade.

The demonstrations come as tensions simmer between leftists and white nationalists in the United States.

Two weeks ago, a far-right rally and counter-demonstration by anti-fascist protestors in the city of Portland passed with no major incident amid a heavy police presence.

Super Happy Fun America's website says Saturday's march is to "spread awareness of issues impacting straights," describing heterosexuals as "an oppressed majority" in Massachusetts, the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.

But the parade will have a clear political slant too, with participants due to walk alongside pro-Trump floats. The group's website displays a doctored photo of Trump holding a sign saying #GreatToBeStraight.

'Straight Pride' parade in Boston draws counterprotesters

'Straight Pride' parade in Boston draws counterprotesters A "Straight Pride" parade in downtown Boston on Saturday afternoon attracted counterprotesters -- and a large police presence. © Michael Dwyer/AP A transgender Trump supporter, center, marches in the Straight Pride Parade. The parade started around noon at Copley Square and moved down Boylston and Tremont streets to conclude at City Hall Plaza. Floats and signs expressed pro-military and pro-Trump sentiments, such as "Support our troops" and "Build the wall and crime will fall." A man in a jester's hat carried a sign saying "Great to be straight" as he danced down the street.

See when and where the Straight Pride Parade and counter-protests in Boston are happening on Saturday, including maps and times. The Boston Police announced that there will be heightened security on Saturday because of the anticipated large crowds.

A " straight pride parade " that is allegedly in the works in Boston became a laughing stock on Tuesday, as word of the plans spread online. In the mold of the Boston Pride Parade , a decades-old event celebrating LGBT history and culture that is coming up this weekend, a group of right-wing

Prominent members of America's far-right movement, known as the "alt-right," are scheduled to speak, including former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who has been banned from several social media sites.

Enrique Tarrio, a member of the all-male "Proud Boys" organization, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is also due to attend.

Some 1,200 people are planning to join the parade, which starts at noon (1600 GMT) in Copley Square and ends at Boston City Hall around a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) away, according to a Facebook group.

Police will cordon off the area and have said they will deploy uniformed and undercover officers along the route.

Several anti-Trump organizations and gay rights supporters have said they will try to block the parade. At least two counter-protests are planned, the first starting at 9:00 am.

"We are certainly not going to start any violence but we will defend ourselves if we have to," said Hugo, 56.

A "Straight Pride" held last Saturday in Modesto, California attracted only a few dozen people and about 250 counter-protesters, according to local newspaper The Modesto Bee.

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston's district attorney has asked Massachusetts' highest court to intervene in a dispute with a lower court judge over the arrest of counterprotesters during a "straight pride" parade in Boston over Labor Day weekend. 

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