Student posts 'Straight Pride' flyers around his high school

Indiana high school student posts "straight pride" posters around campus hallways.
Photo credit:
The Herald

An Indiana student had some explaining to do after he posted “Celebrate Straight Pride” posters in his high school campus hallways on Friday, March 3. 

The identity of the 16-year-old who attends Jasper High School has been withheld because of his age, but his message was clear:

Celebrate being straight at JHS by not annoying the heck out of everyone about your sexual orientation! We are taking back the rainbow.”

“It is easy! Just come to the JHS, then you go about your day without telling everyone about how different and special you are!

“Brought to you by all the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride. Nobody cares about what you think you are.

“If you want equality, stop shoving your ideas down our throats! We have nothing against your sexual orientation. We just don’t care!"

The mass posting throughout the school did not follow protocol and they were taken down the same day, before students got to the campus.

The student stands by his assertions about celebrating “straight pride.” After news stories began to circulate about his actions, he wrote a letter to the Dubois County Herald.

He says the flyers were not meant to discriminate, rather bring a message of inclusion, saying that special privileges given to minorities are actually marginalizing.  

He wrote:

“The purpose of my flier was to not only recognize the straight community, but to also give a message to the LGBT community that equality is not effectively found in granting special privileges to minorities by differentiating them from our great society, but should rather be found in gaining support through cooperation and equal incorporation to our society.”

In the letter to the paper, the student also wrote an explanation to the line  which reads, “If you want equality, stop shoving your ideas down our throats!”

His response:

By saying that certain individuals are shoving ideas down other people’s throats, I did not mean that they should not have the right to practice their own freedom of speech. What was being referenced was the idea that whenever an individual decides not to support the ideas of another individual, they face being attacked, ostracized, and detested. What was being referenced was the fact that individuals who do not support progressive ideology are forced to accept or remain censored.”

In closing, the student circles back to his original message about the LGBT community changing they way they optimize their voices.

If the LGBT population in the United States truly hopes to win the respect or tolerance of their heterosexual counterparts and along with that basic human rights such as marriage, then pride activists must alter their methods to show that they deserve to be taken seriously - that they deserve not to be subjugated or persecuted based on their common genetic disposition.

Students gathered together on Sunday to draw rainbows and affirming messages in colored chalk at the high school's entrance. 

You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking HERE.