Boston officials approved on Wednesday a group’s application to host a “Straight Pride” parade, Boston.com reported.
Super Happy Fun America, a group that “advocates on behalf of the straight community,” was granted the city’s permission to host the parade on Aug. 31 from noon to 3 p.m.
The group still needs a parade permit, entertainment license and approval from the local police department, according to the outlet.
The application was reportedly submitted by Super Happy Fun America President John Hugo, who wrote on the group’s website that “straight people are an oppressed majority” that will “fight for the rights of straights everywhere.”
The Straight Pride event says it aims to celebrate heterosexuality in a city that’s believed to have one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the nation.
Boston held its LGBT Pride parade on June 8.
Earlier this month, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city “cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values” but added that “whatever outside groups” may try [to] do, our values won’t change.”
Second, 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.
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 6, 2019
Walsh said he will not attend the Straight Pride parade, according to Boston.com.
Rep. has mocked the parade, tweeting: “Will ‘Straight Pride’ be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives?”
Will “Straight Pride” be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives?
Will people have to come out as straight?
What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans? https://t.co/7SUiWHWRMd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 5, 2019
Fox Nation host and conservative commentator earlier this month bemoaned what she called an “open season on straight white men” as the group struggled to attain a permit for its parade.