If you were on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, you may have noticed a particular hashtag trending: #HeterosexualPrideDay. The "day" can be traced back to June 29, 2016, when the hashtag trended on Twitter and the Huffington Post managed to uncover the first tweets that deployed the "day." While it's obviously not an official holiday (for good reason), and there don't seem to be any official celebrations for it, some people really are taking it to heart.
Let's step back for a moment: #HeterosexualPrideDay is trending during Pride Month — but thankfully, a scroll through the hashtag shows that it's mostly full of people explaining exactly why Heterosexual Pride Day isn't, and will never be, a thing.
As many pointed out, heterosexual people do not experience discrimination and persecution the way that LGBTQ people do — and that's why there doesn't need to be a "straight pride movement."
Don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with celebrating and having pride in who you are. Of course you should have pride in who you are, no matter what your sexuality is.
But asking for a Heterosexual Pride Day is a bit like saying that "All Lives Matter." As then-President Barack Obama once eloquently pointed out, nobody in the Black Lives Matter movement is saying that other lives don't matter, just as no one is saying that straight people shouldn't celebrate themselves or their love. However, during a time when gay and bisexual men are being detained and tortured in Chechnya for their sexuality and the Pulse shooting is still fresh in our memories, you would have to be seriously lacking in empathy not to address the discrepancy in the way the LGBTQ community is persecuted. And for some, that's what Pride Month is for.
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