Pride festivals are a celebration of love, equality and overall a place for everyone of all sexual orientations and genders to come together and have a good time. It's all about being comfortable in your own skin. However straight pride arose in the late 1980s; it is often seen as a response to gay pride and is more often than not consists of homophobic heterosexual individuals. Even if those partaking aren't actually homophobic, they claim that they have every right to celebrate their sexuality just as the LGBT+ community. And if you're heterosexual and believe that statement then you clearly don't understand the point of gay pride in the first place.

Obviously as a gay woman I'm against homophobia full stop and it breaks my heart that some people partake in straight pride parades simply to make a statement against the LGBT+ community and almost mock them in a sense. All of us can see what is wrong with this kind of activity with no explaination needed. However the only somewhat valid reason people give for straight pride is that they want to celebrate their sexuality. Now don't get me wrong, I believe everyone should feel comfortable in their own skin and be proud of who they are no matter what, as your sexuality really doesn't change who you are as a person. However original point of gay pride is to stand up to traditional homophobic views and promote equality for minorities, but there was never a time when heterosexual inviduals had to suffer this kind of intolerance. Straight has always been known as the superior sexuality and anything different to that was once considered digusting. Even in this modern day many countries still have anti-LGBT+ laws that can result in prison and even execution for anyone who is not cisgender and heterosexual. But if you are heterosexual then this is so distant to you, you're free to love who you want without fear, so although it's great to be proud of who you are, you don't publically need to celebrate it to take a stance against this non-existant discrimination against you.

Gay pride is a way of taking back our rights. Showing those intolerant people that we don't care, we're proud of who we are and have the right to love who we love. And although everyone, LGBT+ or heterosexual has these rights, straight pride is a petty, ignorant way of mocking the gay community who have worked so hard and faced so much prejudice just to obtain basic human rights. If you are not a minority, you don't need to publically celebrate your sexuality or gender; it's as obsurd as having a 'straight white male' pride parade- you have never had to suffer any prejudice so you should be supporting those who do instead of impersonating one of the minorities ways of fighting for equality.

I'm proud to be gay, and I'm going to celebrate it because I'm not afraid to be a minority.

And if you're straight, you should love yourself just as much, but bare in mind you don't face any discrimination. So you don't need to celebrate it.

Published by Rachel S.D.B