BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the group hoping to put on a straight pride parade is working to apply for a permit and the city cannot deny them one based on their values.

Walsh explained the situation in a Twitter thread Thursday.

“Permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs. The City of Boston cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values,” the mayor said.

“Boston’s values are clear: respect, diversity, and acceptance of all…Whatever outside groups may try do, our values won’t change. I invite each and every person to stand with us, and show that love will always prevail.”

The group behind the proposed straight pride parade is calling itself Super Happy Fun America. According to the group’s president John Hugo, the parade, once it is permitted, would be the last Saturday in August.

The idea has been criticized on social media.

Walsh will be walking in Boston’s Pride parade on Saturday and invited others to celebrate Pride week and join “in the fight for progress and equality for all.”

Comments (36)
  1. Gary Griffin says:

    Up is down, white is black, and stupidity is rampant

    1. Dave Hardesty says:

      Cold hearted orb that rules the night
      Removes the colors from our sight
      Red is gray and yellow white
      But we decide which is right
      And which is an illusion

  2. Matt Vent says:

    “Permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of beliefs. The City of Boston cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values”

    No Duh. Youtube should come to this realization also. NO Matter what you are bringing people in who will be patrons and participate in the economy.

  3. Paul says:

    There must be recognition of the majority of people that are proud to be straight as long as other groups are allowed to celebrate their pride in who they are. We are very proud and we are happy with what our DNA says what we are and have a right to celebrate this. Other people with inclinations who identify themselves as different things can always march down the street with pride too! I remember as a child identifying myself as Superman with a cape playing with the kids around the block. It was all fun! We all are proud to be Americans!

  4. Dave Fay says:

    It’s okay not to be gay

    1. Jim Wolfson says:

      Not just ok, it’s better. Normal, even.

    2. Dan Meyers says:

      Given that 98.4% of the population is NON-LGBTQ, I would hope it’s OK. By the way, that is a correct figure – 1.6% of the U.S. population are LGBTQ. Seems like a lot of talk about a tiny fraction of the U.S.

  5. Paul Rodgers says:

    Interesting that the Mayor felt he had to explain why it is OK to grant a permit for a parade that espouses nothing but normal behavior…..

    1. Cheryl Stahl says:

      My thought exactly. Interesting the city has a need to explain their reason for a permit for straight men.

  6. Joshua Parker says:

    So if a gay person can be proud of who they are and have a parade, what is wrong with a straight person being proud of who they are and have a parade? Why is one ok and not the other?

  7. Dave Hardesty says:

    Can we get an All Race Appreciation Month and All Live’s Matter march? Now about a Racially Balanced Television or Gender Neutral Channel?

  8. Jay laslo says:

    Straight white people should just shut up!

    1. And people like you should just fade away. Your intolerance of beliefs different than your own, even the ones as benign as this, leads to the worst bits of human nature imaginable. Your rights end where mine begin, and if you cross that line, what can you be but a monster?

  9. What identity politics hath wrought let no white straight male put asunder….

  10. Roggie Mac says:

    just admit it ! some people have just become rainbow farting snowflakes !

  11. Jim Wolfson says:

    Why in the world would they WANT to deny it? Something wrong with normal values, Mr. Mayor?

  12. Chris Clements says:

    Gee, sounds like the mayor realized that he can’t deny the permit on the grounds that the city could face a major discrimination lawsuit which it would certainly lose!
    Way to go Mr. Mayor.

  13. Dan Roth says:

    The LGBTQ people do not want any competition. They want to maintain a monopoly on sexual orientation. Unfortunately for them the majority sexual orientation is straight. That is just the way it is. Identity politics has created this conflict. Now the straights are claiming victim status and with good reason. Oh well, get used to it.

  14. I vunder vass Freud would have thought about a society that endorses mental illness to be encouraged and celebrated?

  15. Eric Havemann says:

    “Boston’s values are clear: respect, diversity, and acceptance of all” – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Presumably, “all” would include straight people then – right, Mayor Walsh? So what’s the problem? Where’s the “tolerance” and “inclusion”?

  16. Johnny Simpson says:

    The Straight Pride Parade should be turned into a 5K and renamed the Breeder’s Cup. The benefit money could be used to buy large signs with Brad Pitt cutouts for straight guys to wave in the parade. Which would make it look more like the Gay Pride Parade, but whatever. I’m straight myself, but sex is a private thing for me. That’s why they’re called privates, I’ve figured. Going home with a beautiful girl and shtupping her, that’s my parade. You all can have the streets.

  17. Daniel Millen says:

    We have nothing to be proud about except the love of God.

  18. What in hell is wrong with a majority having a parade? The LGBTWXYZ have been 12% of humans since time began. What gives them the right as a minority to dictate to the majority?

  19. Robert W. Cochran says:

    When an obvious light-hearted, humorous minor trolling action becomes the latest national crisis, you know our society is doomed.

  20. Dana Marie Andra says:

    Straight people aren’t assaulted for being straight, or kissing in public. Straight people can’t be fired for being straight. Straight people aren’t disowned by their families for being straight. There isn’t a country in the world where being straight is a crime. Straight people have always been able to get married. Straight people haven’t had to fight for equality. THAT’S the difference, morons.

    1. Ernie Schroder says:

      Dana Marie Andra and we’re very proud of that