Straight Pride Parade Draws Crowd of More Than Zero

Straight Pride Parade Draws Crowd of More Than Zero

August 3, 2015 – With over 2,000 invitations sent out via Facebook and 169 RSVPs, expectations were high for Seattle blogger Anthony Rebello and his Straight Pride Parade at Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Saturday. The heterosexual parade was created by Rebello “in the name of equality [and] equal rights … to celebrate our right to be heterosexual, and to encourage younger heterosexuals that they should be proud of their heterosexuality.” According to multiple reports the definition of “parade” may have been stretched as Rebello himself ended up being the only participant and only attendee.

While Anthony Rebello stated that the “event is not a protest. It is a celebration for all to enjoy (:”  — a recent blog post on his website regarding marriage equality suggests that it may indeed have been more pointed. From Rebello’s blog Smile Me a River on June 27:

“I think it’s a trend. A cry for attention. From your government, a distraction. For $. I have previously stated how I feel about marriage in this post: MARRIAGE I have also created an event: Heterosexual Parade Gay Mafia? Maybe animals should be allowed to get married? Would they govern and tax them too? While they’re at it, how about equal rights for insects? In my opinion, there is a difference between a man and a woman. If you can’t appreciate those differences, you can’t enjoy those differences. I don’t agree with boys turning into girls, and I don’t agree with girls turning into boys. The word/meaning of “Pride” doesn’t belong to the gay/lgbt community, it belongs to everyone. That includes us good old fashioned straight people. The way I see it, in my opinion, some boys never turn into men, and some girls never turn into women. What a shitshow. “Welcome to the other side of the rainbow” Really? No thanks.”

Anthony Rebello has not been deterred by this year’s low turnout and says this year’s parade was a “warm up” and he’s planning to do it again next year.

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  1. There is nothing wrong with straight pride in itself, yet there isn’t really a reason to be throwing these sorts of gatherings. I will always support straights but…it’s like throwing bachelor and bachelorette parties for people who are single. Like throwing funerals for those who are alive.

    Today in society being straight is the ‘right thing to do’ and it doesn’t take pride to come out and say you are straight. That’s a given, we’re all assumed to be straight until stated otherwise- however, the LGBT community is highly sought out for discrimination and by simply stating you are apart of them/agree with them you can be disowned by family, refused a job, denied human rights, and be pushed into barbaric practises. (Namely conversion therapy)

  2. I don’t have to celebrate my right to be straight, because people haven’t fought and endured decades of suffering simply for me to be allowed to say that I am attracted to the opposite sex.

    I’m proud of who I am as a person, but I feel no reason to parade around, gay pride parades and events aren’t “hey look at us, we’re all gay” parties, it’s about being proud of the people who have come before to give everybody the chance to be who they are.