Here's Why #HeterosexualPrideDay Will Never Be a Thing

June 29th 2017

Kyle Fitzpatrick

As Pride month draws to a close, an antithetical holiday is here to suck the wind out of the queer cultural sails: Heterosexual Pride Day.

Today's "holiday" is trending on Twitter — and people obviously have very divided views on the matter.

“Heterosexual Pride Day” has historically trended and made headlines on June 29, providing an outlet for people who may be peeved about LGBTQ people getting a whole month (June) and day (June 26 is “LGBTQ Equality Day”) to celebrate their identities.

On the one hand, you have some — at least somewhat earnestly — claiming it's necessary.

On the other hand, you have people lampooning the notion that heterosexual persons need to be celebrated.

So, should we have a “Heterosexual Pride Day”? No. There is literally no reason for “heterosexual pride.”

Something like “Heterosexual Pride Day” assumes that persons who identify as heterosexual (or cisgender, for that matter) are oppressed or harmed as a result of their identity.

While some may believe that straight white men have it harder, this is a fallacy: gay men earn less than straight men, minority drivers are more likely to be pulled over needlessly than their white counterparts, and men hold more leadership positions than women. Something like “Heterosexual Pride” promotes a false equivalency of oppression for those who are "normal."

The reality is that LGBT oppression is very real, manifesting in myriad, upsetting ways.

Being LGBTQ anywhere in the world is difficult.

LGBTQ high schoolers face higher rates of depression, violence, and bullying than their straight peers. This lack of acceptance of LGBT youth leads to homelessness, too: 1.6 million young people in the U.S. live on the streets, and 40 percent are LGBTQ.

LGBTQ persons frequently face harassment or discrimination at work with little protections, making them more likely to be unemployed or impoverished. They are also more likely to use alcohol and drugs, often abusing the substances.

Most distressing is that LGBTQ persons are more likely to be the target of a hate crime than any other group. In fact, 2016 was the deadliest year ever for LGBTQ people in the US., with a 17 percent increase in anti-LGBTQ killings.

This is why we celebrate and have LGBTQ months, days, and more, and the same for other groups that have faced oppression: to acknowledge that the realities of being a minority in the U.S. are quite harsh — and that we need to be reminded of all the hard work that has been and remains to be done.

As #HeterosexualPrideDay trend, keep in mind the reality of the situation for minorities. Joke or not, there is literally no need for “Heterosexual Pride.” Not now, not ever.