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

21:10  31 august  2019
21:10  31 august  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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.

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+

The 49th annual Boston Pride parade is planned for this Saturday. Pride President Linda DeMarco said her organization is taking no position for or But DeMarco laughed after being asked about the opinion that straight people are treated worse than gay people. “It’ s ironic because a lot of the people

BOSTON — After months of build-up and debate, drawing the attention of late-night talk shows and the scorn of many in this liberal city, the Straight Pride Parade kicked off Saturday with a Trump float and Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" playing.

The event drew a crowd that was heavily guarded with fencing and police. Organizers expected around 1,000 people for the rally, which is led by three conservative straight men who make up a group called Super Happy Fun America.

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Boston approves permit for ' Straight Pride Parade ' to move forward, despite backlash. According to a Facebook post by Mark Sahady, the Boston Straight Pride Parade was approved by the City of Boston as of Thursday evening, after Sahady and others involved filed a discrimination complaint

Boston on Wednesday approved a public event application and parade route for a Straight Pride Parade , whose organizers plan to celebrate what That was heightened earlier this month when Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay right-wing polemicist who has been barred from Twitter and Facebook and is

The parade, with conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos serving as grand marshal, started at noon at Copley Square.

Along the route, counter protestors, some of them antifa, yelled at parade participants as they made their way to the end of the route at City Hall, shouting "Nazi scum!"

The Boston Police Department said they have a "comprehensive operational plan" in place and had a large police presence. Police urged people not to bring backpacks, large bags or strollers, and have prohibited a long list of items including firearms and knives.

Parade organizers have embraced the motto, "It's great to be straight." They've called on supporters to join the "fight against heterophobia in our modern society" and to "add an S to LGBTQ for Straight!" They say the parade is a response to the "identity politics" of the left.

'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.

BOSTON – June is Pride Month , a time to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history. A group in Boston sparked outrage by “This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride .” Sahady said that he filed a discrimination complaint with the

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. Here are some of the people attending the Boston Straight Pride Parade , including a @Yankees fan. How am I supposed to explain his orientation to

"The world's gone crazy because there's nothing wrong with being straight," Super Happy Fun America President John Hugo said in a news conference this week. The group says hundreds of people have registered and they're coming from "all over the world and all over the United States."

Boston's Straight Pride Parade is here after months of debate© Joey Garrison/USA TODAY Participants gathered in Boston for a controversial Straight Pride Parade.

"A lot of it depends on how you report this because if you scare people, it might have a depressing effect on the parade," Hugo said of the size of the crowd.

In Boston, long considered an LGBTQ-friendly city, the parade has been widely condemned, with one of the sharpest rebukes coming from Emerson College. The private school in downtown Boston borders much of the parade's route

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BOSTON — The City of Boston can't stop a much- debated " Straight Pride Parade " from taking place this summer just because people disagree with the organizers' cause, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday. In a series of tweets on the heavily criticized " Straight Pride " parade

They're planning a " straight pride " parade in Boston , presumably to commemorate that historic moment when courageous heterosexual frat bros finally To celebrate how utterly ridiculous a Straight Pride parade is , I’m going to auction off one of my basses, match the final bid dollar-for-dollar, and

Emerson College President Lee Pelton, in a letter to students and faculty, slammed the parade as a "perversion" and "desecration of beauty, truth and generosity" led by "angry and misguided people."

At Saturday's parade, there were some counterprotestors who

Hugo, the group's president, is a former Republican candidate for Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District, who lost badly in 2018 to U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass. The organization's vice president is Mark Sahady, a member of the right-wing group Resist Marxism, who has organized several right-wing demonstrations in the past.

The group organized the parade this spring, filing a discrimination complaint with the city after they said their proposal was initially ignored.

The city of Boston approved an application for the parade in June with Mayor Marty Walsh, a Democrat, arguing the city can't stop the parade from taking place just because people might disagree with the organizers' cause.

Walsh, who does not plan to attend the parade, said permits to host a public event are granted based on "operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs." The Boston Police Department and licensing board each approved  the necessary permits.

Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Boston's Straight Pride Parade is here after months of debate

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