The LGBTQ community has been fighting a long-standing battle for equality. With not just discrimination but even hate crimes being committed against them, taking pride in their sexuality and celebrating it after being accepted in societies world over seems like a celebratory thing to do.
The trend of celebrating heterosexuality in ‘Straight Pride’ began around the 1980s, as a response to the beginning of LGBTQ Pride marches in the 1970s.
However, another trend came up soon after the gay pride began. The trend of celebrating heterosexuality in ‘Straight Pride’ began around the 1980s, as a response to the beginning of LGBTQ Pride marches in the 1970s. It is 2019 now and, the trend is reviving itself and is drawing attention. The trend invites a lot of support as well as criticism from different people all over the world.
A person’s identity and sexuality is something that should never be shamed, and view it as a manifestation of freedom of expression. However, those who raise points regarding the obstacles faced by homosexuals in comparison to heterosexuals in real life are what deem ‘Straight Pride’ worthy of criticism. The LGBTQ community objects against the idea of Straight Pride, and it’s easy to see why. While the world easily accepts heterosexuality and promotes it in social events like marriages, homosexuality is still looked down upon especially in India.
Section 377 talks about legalizing ‘unnatural sex’ – one which is not for reproduction. And yet, even straight couples engage in sexual acts that can be deemed unnatural, and it is only the LGBT community that is outright shamed for it. Ridiculous can be one word for this because nobody ever came and told heterosexuals that whatever they were doing was ‘not normal’, or ‘not inclusive’ of what fit into society’s set of beliefs. Gay pride was about winning against biases and hate in a world of heterosexuals. Heterosexuality IS how the world has been functioning so far, being uninclusive of the community.
There still exist several countries where homosexuality is a crime and the community is facing severe punishment. But the world runs on heterosexuality, and society is one big Straight parade. Heterosexuality is not objected to anywhere. This makes us question if we really need to celebrate something which is accepted as ‘normal’ and doesn’t face any of the backlashes that LGBTQ people do.
Straight Pride is promoting homophobia. Heterosexuality already dominates our society and thus the purpose of Straight Pride is defeated. Straight people outnumber gay people. The purpose of a fight for the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in mainstream society has now turned into a demand for the inclusion of straight people, which was actually never in question.
The already included majority in society does not at all require any parade for their inclusion. The only reason perhaps it exists is to induce the feeling of ‘them v/s us’ and comes across as thinly-veiled homophobia.