Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr The month of June signifies Pride Month. A month dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community where we celebrate how far we have come; and, reflect on how far we still have to go. Pride’s origins began as an anti-police riot on June 28, 1969. This was after a violent police raid the night before at Stonewall Inn. Spearheaded by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two trans women of color. The LGBTQ+ rights movement began in full force. Now, every official march subsequently is done to honor the Stonewall Riots. While we don our gay regalia, one question still manages to infallibly come up every single year, “Why don’t we have straight pride?” This issue should be relatively easy to answer with even the slightest knowledge of current events, or basic history. READ: Image Comics staying ahead of the game with their Pride-themed variant covers Since we live in an era where people have computers in the palms of their hands and do not use them, I will organize a simple Q&A. It should cover all the bases on why there is not a Straight Pride, why it is not needed, and why it will never happen. Sit tight. How Many Straight People Have Been Rounded Up In Chechnya? None. The Republic of Chechnya has accosted more than 100 gay men starting in February 2017. They have been subjected to torture and even died while imprisoned. When confronted on these internment camps, Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, denied all allegations. He even went so far as to deny the existence of gay men altogether within his country. What Year Was Straight Marriage Legalized? It was never illegal. Same-sex marriage, however, was legalized nationwide on June 26, 2015. That was when the Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriages were unconstitutional. That still does not stop people like Kim Davis from trying to undermine the Supreme Courts’ decision, and there are fears from the LGBTQ+ community that Trump’s Supreme Court pick will try to reverse the decision. Are Cisgender People Harassed Over Which Bathroom They Can Use? Despite the fact that cis, straight men, commit many sexual crimes in bathrooms. Trans people were being targeted by North Carolina’s HB2 Bill, which would require people to use bathrooms that aligned with their assigned gender at birth. READ: Comics are never static and subject to change. Here’s a list of super ladies who could be super queer in the future Fortunately, this portion of the bill was repealed on March 30, 2017. The fact that it took a year for this to happen is problematic in itself. It was one year of innocent people being targeted just for trying to use a restroom. Can Straight People Donate Blood? Can gay and bisexual men donate blood? As of 2015, yes they can, but only after not having sex with men for a year. How that is monitored is a mystery. Lesbian and bisexual women can donate blood without this restriction. Not even a massacre in Orlando at an LGBTQ+ nightclub is enough to lift the ban. It is heartbreaking to know that we are not allowed to help members of our own community due to outdated stereotypes. Who Were The Primary Victims Of The Pulse Shooting? Hint: It was not heterosexual white men. On June 12, 2016, 49 LGBTQ+ POC was killed at the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando. Americans quickly shifted the blame to Isis since they did not want to face reality. The reality that American culture raises and encourages homophobia every day. The shooter being radicalized by Isis had no part in the racism and homophobia that had already seeped into his being, and he followed American laws in obtaining his weapons. Do Straight Parents Face Issues Regarding The Adoption Of A Child Simply Because They Are Straight? Follow Up Question; Does Society Question The Parenting Abilities Of Straight Parents? No to both. 2015 seems to be the year of LGBT advancement because again, on June 26, 2015, adoption by LGBTQ+ couples became legal nationwide. However, legal does not mean enforced since the system finds ways to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children. If they manage to adopt, should anything happen to the primary parent, there is a good chance the child will be taken away from the secondary parent. READ: A moment that brought me to tears. Check out the importance of Korrasami in Avatar Are Heterosexual Youth Forced Into Straight Conversion Therapy? Straight conversion therapy does not even exist. Gay conversion therapy, however, is still an issue in some states. It is the psychological “treatment” in which the goal is to change one’s sexual orientation. Methods included inducing nausea, vomiting, and pain in conjunction with homoerotic images to induce those effects whenever someone has homosexual tendencies. Conversion therapy has resulted in many suicides among LGBTQ+ youth. The sad part is that many were (and still are) forced into it by their very own families. Our current vice president is plagued by rumors of his support for these facilities. This is based on statements made in past campaigns. He advocated to divert funding from facilities that “celebrate and encourage” the spread of HIV. Instead, he wanted to fund facilities devoted to “change one’s sexual behavior.” One could argue that he is advocating for safer sex, but this is very coded language. The funding in question he wants to take from is from the Ryan White Care Act, which provides federal funds for HIV/AIDS patients. So there is our vice president, deceptively saying we should divert money from AIDS patients to fund either conversion therapy or to promote abstinence as a form of prevention, none of which work. Until What Year Was Heterosexuality Considered A Mental Disorder? The sanity of straight people was never in question. It was not until 1974, however, that homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by the American Psychiatric Association, 1975 by the American Psychological Association, and 1990 by the World Health Organization. Despite decades of research, including Alfred Kinsey’s research on the spectrums of human sexuality, suggesting that homosexuality was normal, it took societal pressure for mental health professionals to actually vote to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. READ: Pride is about coming together with our unorthodox families, and THE LAST OF US shows us the importance of said family Pride Is MORE Than Just A Celebration What some people fail to realize is that Pride is not about celebrating your orientation, it is about being able to express said orientation despite societal stigmas and institutionalized discrimination freely. There has never been institutionalized heterophobia, and the rights of straight people are not in danger. So there is no need for “Straight Pride.” Maybe once the supposed “Gay Agenda” master plan comes to fruition and we overthrow the patriarchy and enslave straight people, then, perhaps, there might be a need for it. Until the Gay-pocalypse happens, you are more than welcome to come to actual Pride if you are a faithful ally and would like to support your LGBTQ+ brethren.