13 Reasons Why We Don’t have ‘Straight 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 there will never be 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.
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.*
*Contributed by the lovely Laura from Papa, Eden, and Me.