By Pamela Eapen:
The gay community has seen many forms of support from allies over the past decade – but none of them have been quite as funny as #INeedStraightPride.
Trending on Twitter, #INeedStraightPride, or #INeedStraightPrideBecause, takes a hilarious dig at all the heterosexuals who claim their rights are somehow infringed upon by the presence of homosexuals in society.
The whole thing started out with a parody account, @STRAIGHTPERSON using the hashtag in response to a homophobic Facebook group’s call to hold a “Straight Pride” month.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause i feel the need to reassure my sexuality after every single thing I do.
— straight people (@STRAlGHTPERSON) June 11, 2015
It’s sad that there are still millions of people who choose not to understand the significance behind things like LGBT+ Pride Month that show support for the oppressed minorities of society. The challenges faced by gay people on a daily basis – bullying in schools, societal ostracism, violence – are certainly no laughing matter. But put straight people in the same situation, and suddenly the complaints they make about feeling threatened by homosexuals seem utterly ridiculous.
#INeedStraightPride because people of my sexuality are killed every day for being straight – oh wait.
— Gavin. (@Ioadedgvns) June 11, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause i want to get harassed, targeted, injured and or killed for holding hands with my significant other in public too
— joshua (@cuddlesandcoke) June 11, 2015
#INeedStraightPride because it’s a very difficult struggle to come out as straight. So many straight people get attacked each day.
— Cathair (@JanetDevlin_NI) June 10, 2015
Twitter went all out, poking fun at the entitled, privileged mind-set that heterosexuals tend to adopt when talking about gay people.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause being the default and dominate sexuality in society is so tiring I mean can you believe it?
— emily (@BLUERUlNS) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause seeing one LGBT character on TV for every 50 straight characters is offensive and too much
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) June 10, 2015
#ineedstraightpridebecause it makes me uncomfortable knowing that gays want to be treated like normal, respectable people.
— ♔ volleybabe (@asexualtobio) June 10, 2015
#ineedstraightpridebecause the gays are ruining the sanctity of marriage!!!! my 6th husband and I are protesting it!!
— logan morrissey (@purrtcobain) June 10, 2015
It even sent a well-deserved jibe the Duggars’ way.
— Gord Macey (@GordMacey) June 11, 2015
And some of them just want to point how plain ridiculous homophobia really is.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause the gays have poisoned our water supplies burned out crops and delivered a plague unto our houses
— ana (@yazawasiblings) June 10, 2015
— My Daughter’s Army (@mydaughtersarmy) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause I don’t like it when things aren’t always about me
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPride is a great way to bring perspective to issues that are consistently trivialised by narrow-minded heterosexuals. It’s also a great way to tell bigoted straight people to get their heads out from where the sun doesn’t shine and to look at all the pretty rainbows. (And when I say “rainbows” I mean queer people. And queer pride. And Twitter.)
Basically, this tweet sums it up:
I LOVE HOW THE #INeedStraightPrideBecause TAG IS MOSTLY GAY PEOPLE BEING SARCASTIC IT’S VERY AMUSING
— lalø // pcd (@jetadorelandon) June 10, 2015
Special mention of this poor soul, whose geometric orientation is not quite what he’d hoped it would be.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause None of my rulers are working. all my lines come out gay. I need to draw a straight line and it has been 37 hours
— peej (@peeeejy) June 10, 2015