Imagine you’re riding home on a bus with your life partner. You’re being affectionate with each other and having a good time. Then some hoodlums take notice, start harassing you, and deck you in the face repeatedly.
Now I ask you…When’s the last time this happened to a heterosexual couple? And I’m not talking about heterosexual couples who get mugged or murdered for other reasons. When that happens, it’s usually because the perpetrator wants their money or something like that. How many heterosexual couples are harassed and bludgeoned by hoodlums JUST for showing their affection in public? Men and women snog each other outdoors all the damn time, and nobody even bats an eyelash. But oh, if it’s two men or two women, then suddenly we have a problem for some reason.
THIS is why the idea of a “Straight Pride Parade” is foolish. Straights do not live in constant fear of being harassed, beaten, or murdered just for being intimate with each other in public. The entire point of LGBTQ Pride is for people to enjoy being themselves without fear of being splattered all over the sidewalk. Therefore, any attempt at equivocating between “LGBTQ Pride” and “Straight Pride” is misguided at best. When RuPaul finally takes over the world and outlaws heterosexuality upon penalty of death, then maybe we can have a conversation about needing “Straight Pride;” but until then, we heteros really have nothing to worry about.
(Besides, “Straight Pride” has nothing to do with “celebrating” or “taking pride” in anything. The real purpose here is to make LGBTQ people feel threatened and goad them into violence. Then these right-wingers will go on Fox News and cry about how “persecuted” they are for being poor, defenseless little shit disturbers, and the viewers at home will be galvanized to hate sexual and gender minorities even more. I lived in Texas for a decade; I know exactly how these motherfuckers think!)
As a final note, my wife is bisexual, my best friend in the entire universe is a lesbian, and I have a nephew who is transgender. Even my god is unapologetically queer, since Set canoodles with romantic partners of both sexes in Egyptian mythology. So several of my closest loved ones are LGBTQ of one stripe or another, and when I hear about things like what happened to Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris in London, I take it personally. Those hoodlums might as well have been harassing one of my own. I pray these women will both recover from their physical and emotional wounds, that their relationship will be made stronger as a result of this trauma, and that nothing like this will never happen to them again.
And may the men who did this to them all die of anal cancer!