So a few weeks ago the hashtag “HeterosexualPrideDay” was trending on twitter, and despite the fact that many people recognized how ludicrous the whole idea is, I still feel the need to address this issue, in case some people don’t.
“heterosexual pride” or “straight pride” is a movement of sorts which began in the 90’s as a response to gay pride, and it was propelled forward by the notion “Hey, how come gay people get a day, but straight people don’t? What happened to equality?”
The first thing that needs to be addressed is that “pride” for the LGBTQ+ community is not JUST about being proud of your sexuality or about grabbing attention. It represents so much more. It represents years and years of oppression and mindless discrimination, it represents the injustice they’ve been subjected to JUST for being different, the struggles they face on a daily basis and the countless battles they’ve fought against society and themselves that led to them finally being able to love freely, something that most of us take for granted. Pride is them saying that no matter how hard things get, they refuse to hide anymore, it shows that people of different sexualities have the same right to love as straight people, it represents how far they’ve come and how far they’ve yet to go.
It’s hard enough being gay in a country like India where apart from rampant homophobia, there are added religious and political issues that need to be dealt with, and honestly speaking I think the LGBTQ+ community just doesn’t need the extra bullshit.
When you use heterosexual pride as a pitiful way to hide your homophobia, not only are you mocking the stigma, abuse and intolerance they’ve had to endure for decades to get to where they are today (which IS STILL NOT a position of equality), but you are also being a self-righteous, bigoted moron ( to put it nicely), who can’t stand not being included in something. STRAIGHT PEOPLE DON’T NEED A PRIDE DAY. Every day is pride day for us. We don’t get jailed or beaten up in certain countries for kissing or holding hands with our significant other. When was the last time you had to decide whether or not to tell someone you’re straight because you’re afraid of being treated differently? When was the last time you were bullied or asked insulting questions only because you’re straight? Have you ever had to tell your parents “I hope you still love me” or “I hope I haven’t disappointed you” after telling them you’re straight?
Stop taking away from a movement that has endured so much, just to exist.
Just because it may not apply to you, doesn’t mean it’s not important.