Some­thing worth cel­e­brat­ing

Kim Rig­gins lives in Smyrna with her two in­cred­i­bly spoiled dogs and an un­healthy ob­ses­sion with Star Wars.

GA Voice - - Out Spoken -

Do you want to know my fa­vorite ques­tion to hear from up­stand­ing con­ser­va­tives who are wor­ried about the fate of our na­tion and the de­cay­ing fab­ric of our so­ci­ety? It’s this: “Why don’t we get a straight Pride pa­rade?” What would a straight Pride pa­rade even look like? Keep­ing in mind the sort of per­son who would de­mand a straight Pride pa­rade and at­tend one, just try to imag­ine the 2016 straight Pride pa­rade spon­sored by Hoot­ers: Where mar­riage is tra­di­tional, but we’re okay with les­bians.

I mean, I guess I can un­der­stand the need for a straight Pride cel­e­bra­tion. Af­ter all the years of dis­crim­i­na­tion and out­right vi­o­lence straight peo­ple have en­dured at the hands of… well, some­one, I’m sure. The fact that you can’t even kiss your part­ner in pub­lic with­out peo­ple com­pletely ig­nor­ing you is ridicu­lous. I can’t fig­ure out why we haven’t had one, to be hon­est. Surely, it isn’t that dif­fi­cult to find enough com­pa­nies and donors to spon­sor such an event. I won­der why they haven’t jumped on that par­tic­u­lar op­por­tu­nity.

Still, I think it goes too far some­times. I don’t know about you, but I am get­ting tired of hear­ing about ev­ery celebrity who comes out as straight. And why do they have to put a straight cou­ple in ev­ery movie now? #GiveEl­saABoyfriend? Come on.

I re­ally hate how het­ero­sex­u­al­ity has be­come such a po­lit­i­cal plat­form, and not just a po­lit­i­cal plat­form, a re­li­gious one, as well. Straight peo­ple never asked to have their lives put on dis­play so that politi­cians and preach­ers could put on a show. You can’t re­ally com­plain about what your au­di­ence sees when you’re the one con­trol­ling the spot­light. Just let them marry whom they want, sort of like they’ve been do­ing since for­ever.

We have come a long way, though. We no longer live in days where you can be dis­charged from the mil­i­tary for be­ing straight, your ser­vice to your coun­try no longer ig­nored be­cause of who you love. Po­lice raids on covert straight bars are nonex­is­tent now and het­ero­sex­u­al­ity is no longer con­sid­ered a men­tal ill­ness. I call that progress and it was a long road to get from where we were to where we are, but it was, by no means, an easy one. While we still have a ways to go ac­cept­ing straight peo­ple as “normal”, we’ve come a long way.

That’s why I am all for a straight Pride pa­rade. It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber where we all come from. We should be happy that we live in a day and age where we can cel­e­brate and ex­press our­selves with­out fear of be­ing tossed in jail, or kicked out of our homes, or as­saulted or killed. All this be­cause straight peo­ple de­cided to stand up for them­selves and de­mand the same rights as ev­ery other cit­i­zen in this coun­try. They said, “No more. Enough is enough!”

When you were spit on, when you were beaten, im­pris­oned, fired from your job, dis­charged from the mil­i­tary, had your life plas­tered in news­pa­pers, when you were told who you were al­lowed to marry, when you saw your friends mur­dered, when you feared for your life you stood up and said, “It does not mat­ter what you do to me! I am straight and I am proud!”

On June 28th, 1969 the gay com­mu­nity said, “Enough is enough.” That is why we have a gay Pride pa­rade.

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