13 Reasons Why We Don’t have ‘Heterosexual Pride’

Less than a month since we wrote about the devastating massacre in Orlando, this  week I was shocked to see the following hashtag trending on Twitter:


Discussing it with my friend Laura, we were appalled. Angry. Sick.

I don’t know where it originated from, or why it came about. Whether it was genuine, or whether it was a joke. Quite frankly, I don’t care.

The fact that it was there proves the point that ignorance still exists, and that (Gay) Pride is still a joke to some. It proves why we still need (Gay) Pride, and why we DON’T have a straight pride:

1) Straight people don’t need to check who’s around before they kiss their partners.

2) You don’t have to consider whether to tick “straight” on a form as you might have more chance of getting the job that way.*

3) Straight people don’t have to awkwardly correct people when you say partner and they assume it’s someone of the opposite sex.*

4) Straight people can go to any country for a holiday.

In red are all the countries where it’s illegal to be straight

5) Staight people have never been stoned to death or pushed off a building as punishment for being straight.*

6) Straight people don’t have to worry about walking into gay bars, unlike gay people in straight bars. 

7) No religious book says straight people are an abomination.*

8) Straight people aren’t token characters in films or books. 

9) Straight couples don’t sit in the “no same-sex stag/hen parties” section when it comes to booking holidays (it happens, trust me). 

10) You don’t hear kids saying something is “so straight”.*

11) Straight people have never had to fight for marriage.*

12) Straight people don’t need to check whether the area in which they want to live is “gay friendly”. 

13) It’s never, ever, been illegal for straight people love someone.* 

This is in no way a pitch-forking exercise against Heterosexual folk, and I apologise if I have caused offence in anyway. 

*Contributed by the lovely Laura from Mama, Eden, and Me

7 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why We Don’t have ‘Heterosexual Pride’

  1. Plutonium Sox says:

    Yup, I agree with this. I’m shocked that in this day and age people think that hashtag is acceptable. I’m delighted that our local city will have a Pride next year. I’ll be taking my girls because they’ll love the music, dancing and colours and because I want them to understand the Pride movement.

    • Kate Everall says:

      That’s wonderful to hear – I hope you all have a lovely time.

      I was shocked as well. Certainly didn’t get the joke! X

  2. occupation:(m)other says:

    I don’t think you need the apology/disclaimer at the end! I can’t see offence being caused.
    I popped on to Twitter yesterday and saw this was trending, I was so furious I promptly popped off again. The points you both make, the map and the quote are just perfect. Great response to a frankly ridiculous concept (I assume it was a very bad joke rather than the product of someone’s actual sensible brain)… X

    • Kate Everall says:

      Thank you, lovely. I just didn’t want it to sound like I’m bashing people.

      That’s what I was like yesterday. I couldn’t believe it.

  3. Donna says:

    Your apology is completely unnecessary. Such a ridiculous day and I am so glad you wrote this. I’m glad we don’t need a straight day but I’m also glad that there’s Pride – it’s an awesome celebration! x

  4. Sarah Rooftops says:

    Wow, I hadn’t seen the hashtag but what nonsense – “Whooooo! We’re the default! We can go through life without giving the matter any thought!” Why on earth would that need a celebration?!

    (I did laugh at your map, though – very deadpan)

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