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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Straight Pride day?

So Sao Paolo has decided that it's vital to have a Straight Pride parade legally recognised. I raise an eyebrow in surprise because I thought it already was straight pride day on that date. For that matter, it's straight today as well! Congrats!

And it was yesterday.

We also have straight pride scheduled for Tuesday.

In fact, it's every day. 365 days of the year. One long celebration of straight pride. Hey, and you know on our Pride days? Well our Pride tends to be one parade, it tends to be surrounded by a whole buncha straight pride.

Ultimately I just can't grasp my vision of pride in a straight context. Not the parades or the displays or anything like that, but the heart of it. The heart of Pride, in my eyes, has always been about shame – it's rejection. The rejection of the idea that we should hide, that we all need to either not exist or be closeted and hidden away from the eyes of “decent” (i.e. straight) people. This is Pride, it is like a coming out on a grand public scale, to me it has always been a great big megaphone yelling “I am Me and there's Nothing Wrong with That!”.

No-one has ever said there was something wrong with being straight. There is no need to assert straightness in a world that assumes and honours it. The need and foundation for GBLT Pride is completely absent in Straight Pride.

So why has this city declared Straight Pride day?

Well, to quote them it's to “raise awareness and encourage the public to safeguard the morals and good customs.”

And Councilman Carlos Apolinario said the project was only one way to speak out against “excesses and privileges” for the gay community.

Right then, so I think it's been very badly named. Let's have some more accurate labels shall we?Let's call it what it is – a city wide homophobia-fest. Prejudice Pride day. Homophobia Endorsement Day. Bigot Day!

Yes, I think I'd go with “Bigot Day”