Thursday, June 13, 2013

Why isn't there a Straight Pride month?

The headline above is the title of a terrific LZ Granderson article at CNN. Here's an excerpt:
Just as Stokely Carmichael's "Black is Beautiful" became the rallying cry against racism in the 1960s; just as "I am woman, hear me roar" was the anthem against sexism in the 1970s; "gay pride" is the banner that flies over a people whose dignity continues to be put to a vote in 2013.
And his answer to why there isn't a Straight Pride month is this:
Because Congress has yet to pass a law requiring people to hide the fact they are straight. Because the streets are not filled with children who have been kicked out of their homes for being straight. Because there seems to be a lack of stories in which someone has been beaten, tied to a fence and left to die or shot in the face at point blank range because they were straight.
I've heard bigots ask this question many times. Now they've got their answer. Good to see this on a popular site like CNN.