Justice

10 Tweets That Nail Why We Don't Need Straight Pride

June 20th 2015

By:
Laura Donovan

The LA Pride parade made nationwide headlines last weekend for celebrating LGBT rights in a progressive part of the country.

Prior to the big event, the hashtag #INeedStraightPrideBecause​ started trending and not for the reason you might think. As pointed out by Pride, people used the hashtag to mock those who say we need a Straight Pride parade if we're going to have one for the LGBT community.

The fight for "straight pride" recognition is a real thing in some areas. Last month, Bloomington High School North in Indiana came under fire when a group of students decided to start a "Straight Pride," faith-based club for the 2015-2016 school-year. Principal Jeff Henderson said the school was required to allow the club to exist under federal law, but the organization folded when the teacher who committed to sponsoring the club backed out after immense backlash in the community.

"Whether or not they find sponsorship, I think we need to have discussions around why these students felt compelled to have this group and what that means for our schools, our community and our Gay Straight Alliance," Greg Chaffin, the faculty sponsor of the school's Gay Straight Alliance, told The Indy Star.

Amy Makice, a parent of a Bloomington High School South student, echoed a similar sentiment.

"I think it was a missed opportunity to sit down and talk with these kids about, 'What is it you really want from this group? How can we meet those needs without making a group that instills fear in other people?'" she said.

Last year, a YouTube user posted a video about what it's like to attend a Straight Pride parade, which he describes as "every damn street corner everyday everywhere. Look at all these straight people being obnoxiously heterosexual."

Here are some of the most hysterical #INeedStraightPrideBecause tweets leading up to LA Pride: