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Boston Straight Pride Parade sinks amid counterprotesters

Boston Straight Pride Parade sinks.
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The not-so-highly-anticipated Boston Straight Pride marched into infamy this past Saturday as more counterprotesters attended the event than actual supporters. 

According to Out, only about 100 to 200 people cared to participate in the rally and parade, including alt-right and openly gay internet reactionary Milo Yiannopoulus. 

The parade route mirrored that of the Boston Gay Pride parade which saw record-breaking numbers back in early June 2019. 

Small crowds of people heckled the parade participants over police barricades driving tensions high throughout the afternoon. 

The Boston Herald reports that there were 36 arrests made and 4 people were injured. 

the anti-fascist organization known as Antifa also had a presence there, and they were not ambiguous about what they planned to do. 

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” said Jon Crowley, an Antifa member who said violence was the only way to deal with parade marchers. “They are fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”

The Straight Pride coalition doesn't exist to espouse acceptance. On their website, they say they are  “protecting traditional gender roles, Christianity, heterosexuality, Western Civilization, and Caucasians."

John Hugo, the parade's organizer accused the LGBT community of being hypocritical. 

“Why is it that other people can have a pride parade and it’s considered OK, and they have about 2,000 LGBTQ events every year, but we want a few hours and they all get out and protest and give us the finger and swear at us? Give me a break.”

But some protestors say this particular event serves only one purpose and that's to promote hatred and racism.

"We're here to celebrate our community. We're here to show up in the face of hate with love and joy," one protester told CBS Boston. "We should celebrate our differences and celebrate the ways in which people from all backgrounds have contributed to this country."

Although the clash between groups remained somewhat verbal, riot-prepared law enforcement agents did eventually get involved. It was reported that police used batons and pepper spray on protestors. 

Boston-based LGBT advocacy group, MassEquality, sent out a statement just ahead of the event. 

“We absolutely reject the idea – prominently featured on the Parade organizers’ website – that straight people are oppressed. Straight people’s rights are not diminished when society makes room for LGBTQ people. There is space at the table for all of us. MassEquality supports a vision where we live together in peace. 

That said, MassEquality does support the right of all Americans to lawfully assemble, whether that be in peaceful protest or in celebration. We also support the right of counter demonstrators to gather to peacefully express concern about the motives or message of those assembled. Unfortunately, we live in a time where we’re witnessing the rise of forces that seek to stamp out diversity in this country. It serves us all to be vigilant.”

MassEquality, a Boston-based group that supports LGBTQ+ rights in Massachusetts, released a statement denouncing the march, saying that they “works to ensure that everyone in the Commonwealth can thrive without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” 

Boston city officials granted a permit to Super Happy Fun America, the group who arranged the event saying they could not deny a group permission to organize based on that group's values. 

As previously stated, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulus was in attendance and defended the parade. 

“I think this is a wonderful little first nudge backwards against this idea that people with average sexualities should be pushed into agreeing with things that most people don’t agree with,” Yiannopoulos said. “I will stand for freedom, I will stand for your traditional Christian family values, even if I don’t always fit them myself.”