Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), known to be a savvy user of social media, took some time out of her busy schedule to comment on the controversy that has exploded over plans by conservative white men to throw a “straight pride parade” in Boston.
Noting the absurdity of such an event — which is clearly in reaction to Pride events honoring and recognizing the struggles and tribulations of those in the LGBTQ community — AOC tweeted out several questions about the proposed event promoting heterosexuality.
Ocasio-Cortez pointed out in her first question the discrepancies of straight representation in media, versus what’s seen in television, movies, and other forms of entertainment where LGBTQ faces are still underrepresented.
“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?” the Congresswoman asked.
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
She also questioned whether people would be forced to “come out as straight” during the parade, a nod to the difficult situations in which gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and other nonconformist individuals have had to do so.
Ocasio-Cortez lastly took a swipe at the fashion that would be involved in a “straight pride parade.”
“What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?” she asked.
The organizers of the “straight pride parade” have taken flak from a variety of personalities online for their antics. Lost in the ribbing they have received, however, is information on just who these men are that are trying to create such an event.
Mark Sahady is the main organizer of the “straight pride parade.” He’s also the vice president of Super Happy Fun America, a group that promotes heterosexuality.
In addition to that group, Sahady is also a member of the right-wing organization Resist Marxism, which has been criticized in the past for its extremist far-right views. The group has organized several demonstrations, engaged in anti-Semitic behavior, and even employed hate groups to work as security for some of its events, ThinkProgress reported.