It’s Happening – the Straight Pride Parade is Almost Upon Us, & it Brings to Mind the Trendiness of Morality
Every now and then, a story of contrast brings to light the trendiness of politics.
I used to believe that principles of right and wrong are vastly self-evident — that morality, to a great degree, is a set of easily-known ideas.
But over the past few years, I’ve been unable to ignore the highly pliable nature of virtue.
Morality — as it turns out — is not a solid at all, but, rather, the thinnest of liquids.
And today’s notions of righteousness are no more permanent than have been pegged jeans, fly-away collars, pompadours, or poodles skirts.
Here’s a snapshot from this moment in time: Gay Pride parades are gigantically virtuous; Straight Pride parades are to be condemned.
Subsequently, Boston’s first-ever parade of the heteros has gotten the leper treatment.
Mayor Marty Walsh is definitely not on board. But he definitely is, if it’s gay pride:
Whatever outside groups may try do, our values won't change. I invite each and every person to stand with us, and show that love will always prevail. Join us in celebration this Saturday for the @bostonpride Parade and in the fight for progress and equality for all. pic.twitter.com/AwoGuuHuVp
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 6, 2019
To Captain America, gay pride may not be an irrational fear of heterosexuality, but the converse is true:
Wow! Cool initiative, fellas!! Just a thought, instead of ‘Straight Pride’ parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children’ parade? Whatta ya think? Too on the nose?? https://t.co/gaBWtq2PaL
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 5, 2019
See much more in my coverage of the melee here.
As for the Boston Big Deal, Beantown’s opposite-sex-attraction affair is still on course.
Initially, the city rejected the man-on-woman-lovin’ extravaganza’s request for a permit. However, the mayor eventually said he can’t keep it from happening, no matter how crappy the concept:
“Permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs. The City of Boston cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values.”
Yep — sponsor Super Happy Fun America filed a discrimination complaint and won ’em over. However, the organization was denied the privilege of having its Straight Pride flag flown alongside the Gay Pride one at City Hall.
Super Happy Fun America’s John Hugo explained the group’s intention with the parade:
“We want people to be aware that there is not only one side of things. There’s a lot of people that are uncomfortable with a lot of things that are going on in our country and they’re afraid to speak up.”
SHFA Vice President Mark Sahady noted, “This is our chance to have a patriotic parade in Boston as we celebrate straight pride.”
The parade is planned for the end of August.
As for me personally, I don’t understand parades. Or fighting over recognition on a flagpole. People should wake up every day and be themselves, be and do as they can best tell is right — aside from the flavor of the moment, whatever that may be — and stand firm in that commitment.
To me, everything else is just fashioned fanfare and — like a parade — a crowded and noisy place from which I’d prefer to keep away.
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