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Seemingly as a response to (Gay) Pride Month, some folks in Boston came up with the idea for a “Straight Pride Parade” slated for some time in August.

According to the Boston Straight Pride Parade website, the event’s goal is to “achieve inclusivity and spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.” It also notes organizers “will continue to educate the Mayor and the public in anticipation that one day straights will be able to celebrate their lifestyle like everyone else.”

OK now, c’mahn. If you’re honest, you’ll agree this is just plain silly. Arguing that “one day” heterosexuals will be able to enjoy “how they are” is Onion and/or Babylon Bee material.

But leave it to a PhD in a “studies” field to delve into the inanity just a bit further.

Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, who according to her bio is a “queer, mixed, Japanese-American writer, educator, and organizer” and “fights to hold universities accountable for their complicity in war, police and border violence, gentrification, prisons, and labor exploitation [among other things],” writes in Wear Your Voice magazine that this Straight Pride Parade is really about “traditional notions of white masculinity” and the “restoration of a white settler ethnostate”:

What these rallies have in common is the extent to which they draw on the discourse of “freedom,” “democracy,” “constitutional rights,” and “American values,” with the implication that these values are “under attack” by the left, who are supposedly threatening the existence of white men by advocating for themselves. In the alt-right’s schema, however, white settler hetero-patriarchy is ironically restored by borrowing the left’s vocabulary of inclusivity and rights[.]

Milo Yiannopoulos, a openly gay right-winger, is the slated marshal of the parade; according to Hofmann-Kuroda (a doctor in Japanese Studies), this is only because Milo supports the re-establishment of that white ethnostate thingamajig.

Further, she says by “using a white settler heteropatriarchal intersectional analytic”

[…] claiming a minoritarian—and therefore “oppressed” status specifically in institutions or public spaces associated with progressive or radical ideas, those affiliated with the alt-right draw upon the discourse of rights to disavow their true agenda, which is to eliminate the existence of queer, trans, and disabled people, [and] deport undocumented people […] among other horrors.

Oh, right. Of course. How could I have forgotten?

Hofmann-Kuroda notes there will be a counter-protest to Milo and crew (who will “inevitably pose threats of physical violence against queer and trans people”) … seemingly unaware that’s precisely what they want.

If you want to see how to deal with those deemed “provocateurs,” take a cue from those at the University of Delaware and how they reacted to a Yiannopoulos visit two and a half years ago: Don’t show up at the venue to scream and whine, and organize a counter-event at another location.

MORE: Youngstown State ‘took lead’ in eliminating ‘straight pride’ posters

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 15 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.

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