Scoot: "Straight pride" parade protesters charged

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September 05, 2019 - 12:49 pm
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Last weekend’s “straight pride” parade in Boston was the target of protesters, and there were arrests. A Massachusetts judge has decided now to move forward with charges against several of the protesters who were arrested.

The district attorney’s office requested dismissal of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges against some of those arrested, but Judge Richard Sinnott denied the requests in seven of the cases. Prosecutors did not request dismissal of charges of assault or of violence against police. District Attorney Rachael Rollins said the judge is wrong and is punishing people for exercising their 1st Amendment right to protest.

Protests are protected by the 1st Amendment, but violence is not. The frustration of the presentation of a “straight pride” parade on the public streets of Boston sparked a passionate controversy. Should “straights” be parading their lifestyle on public streets?

It is easy to emphasize with the frustration over the “straight pride” parade. The protesters were motivated to stand up against heterosexuals flaunting their lifestyle in public. There was deep concern that during the “straight pride” parade children would be exposed to straight people kissing, holding hands and perhaps even groping each other in full view of innocent children. A few parents expressed concern about answering their children’s questions, like, “Mommy, why is that man kissing a woman?”

But the concern of many parents goes much deeper. There is a genuine fear that the very sight of a man and a woman kissing or holding hands might introduce the children to the straight lifestyle, but there is no scientific evidence showing that children exposed to heterosexuals will become straight.

The other fear is the normalization and acceptance of heterosexuality has already been manifested in schools openly discussing the straight lifestyle. One outraged parent commented, “And all these straight bars where these straights don’t know how to dance or dress fashionably is an abomination.”

The irrational fear that led to protests of the “straight pride” parade in Boston over the Labor Day weekend is based on belief that people choose to be straight. Research continues to determine if people are born straight or if it is a choice.

As an openly straight radio talk show host, I can speak from my personal perspective and tell you that I was born straight. I did not choose this lifestyle. Growing up in New Orleans, it was common for my parents to take us to the French Quarter, where I saw gays, transexuals and drag queens; but I was never tempted to become gay.

As a young adult when disco became the new musical rage, we would go dancing at the gay bars in the Quarter, and I admit that surrounded by gays I felt like I stood out and was different. But I can honestly say that there was societal pressure to be straight. No matter how much funs gays seemed to be having – I always felt trapped by my heterosexual tendencies.

I want to assure those who are genuinely concerned about the idea of a “straight pride” - that children will not suddenly become straight if they are exposed to heterosexuals enjoying themselves in public.

There are many places in the Bible that condemn the behavior of heterosexuals, but there are many other places where we are told to not judge others.

The controversy of displays of blatant heterosexuality in public will continue, and the protests of “straight pride” parades may become commonplace. Let’s hope we learn to accept each other for who we are and not judged by what happens in the privacy of our bedrooms.

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