As the warmer summer months come, we hear about more and more pride events around the world. The LGBT community gets together to throw huge parties and celebrations, with parades and music to celebrate each pride day as it arrives. However, did you know that there is also a heterosexual pride day?
Yes, Heterosexual Pride Day is something that has been celebrated around the world for a long time… but why? Why is there a Heterosexual Pride Day in the first place, and do we really need it?
Here on the Escort England blog we take a look at the origins of this day, why people feel that celebrating it is important, and whether we really need a day like this in the first place.
Why do people think we need it?
Heterosexual pride day, often referred to as straight pride, has been around for many decades. It grew in the 80s and 90s when other pride events, particularly those for the LGBT community, became popular. Marches and parades began in the 90s, and while it might have started out innocently enough, it seems to have grown a great deal.
For some, it is simply a day for them to turn around and say “you know what? I’m straight. I’m proud of it. And there is nothing you can do to change that!” Of course, we live in a world where things can change dramatically, and this day isn’t any different.
In fact, for many, it is a hugely controversial topic. Some see it as simply a reaction to the fact that the LGBT community, and many other communities, have their own pride events to celebrate who they are.
A lot of people seem to have the mentality that, “if other people have pride, why can’t we?” and has just snowballed from there. We have Gay Pride, so why not Straight Pride? We have Black History Month, so why not White History Month? They feel that it is only fair to be able to have their own day to celebrate their heterosexuality. If they aren’t allowed to celebrate it, why should the LGBT community get their own events throughout the world?
Why we really celebrate pride
The many pride events that take place around the world each year are incredible. If you have never been to one, you should, simply to see what it is like. It is a chance for many to celebrate who they are, without fear of being attacked for it. They want the chance to live and go about their daily business without suffering for it.
One user on Twitter explained why we celebrate quite nicely, sharing a picture with the following quote: “LGBT Pride was not born from a need to celebrate being LGBT, but from our right to live our lives free from persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.”
Pride gives people the chance to alert others to the many issues they still face. There are still plenty of countries around the world where gay people cannot marry, adopt, or even give blood. It is seen as wrong.
This is why they have pride events: to alert the rest of the world to their struggles and to have somewhere they can be themselves without suffering for it.
The internet reacts
The fact that there is a heterosexual pride day out there wasn’t really a big deal. No-one was paying attention to it, as we can see from a Heterosexual Parade last year that was attended by a grand total of one. That’s right. One person marched to show how proud they are to be a heterosexual.
This might seem to make it pretty clear what people think about straight pride, but it seems that someone thought it would be an excellent idea to talk about the subject on Twitter. And so, the hashtag #HeterosexualPrideDay began to trend.
The internet reacted in a HUGE way, and a lot of the tweets showed just how ridiculous the idea of having a straight pride event is. One man said “solidarity with my straight friends who to this day can be jailed in approximately 0 countries for their sexuality”, highlighting the fact that being heterosexual will not land you in prison… but being gay can.
And it wasn’t just on Twitter that people started to go mad about it. Forums became crazy, with one user saying that they “think it’s disgusting the way they’re in everybody’s faces about it. Just like, do it in the privacy of your own home“. This is one of the many arguments that gay people have to face every day.
Do we need heterosexual pride day?
It is really fascinating to see the reaction online, especially because a number of those reacting are straight people. They don’t see why they would need a heterosexual pride day, and honestly, neither do I. Being straight, for me, has never been an issue in my life. It hasn’t caused me any issues. As the people online have been pointing out all day, being a straight person means I can get married and give blood without issue.
However, there are still those out there who seem to believe that we do need the day. They keep quoting “love is love”, #lovewins, and talking about equality.
I’m really hoping all of those reactions are just sarcasm, and that people don’t really think that there needs to be a straight pride day anytime soon.
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Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.
In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.