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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shuts down Boston’s Straight Pride – and she doesn’t hold back

Reiss Smith September 2, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez looking bored

House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was unimpressed by Boston's Straight Pride. (Win McNamee/Getty)

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has something to say about Boston’s Straight Pride parade.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of many who took to Twitter to mock those who marched in Saturday’s parade, which she referred to as both an “‘I-Struggle-With-Masculinity’ parade” and “Boston’s white supremacist parade”.

“For men who are allegedly so ‘proud’ of being straight, they seem to show real incompetence at attracting women to their event,” she tweeted.

“Hope they grow enough over the next year to support / join LGBTQ fam next #Pride!”

The outspoken Democrat urged her followers to donate to the Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defence Fund, set up to pay the bail of those arrested while protesting the parade.

The fund closed hours later having raised more than $24,000, 164 per cent of its goal.

The Lucy Parsons Centre, which organised the crowdfunder, said that excess monies will be split between the Mass Bail Fund, which pays the bonds of thousands of people annually while campaigning for an end to money bail, and Boston GLASS, which supports young queer and trans people of colour.

Boston Straight Pride ridiculed by the internet.

Hundreds of people – overwhelmingly straight, white men – descended on Boston on Saturday for the inaugural Straight Pride.

Organised by Super Happy Fun America, a group with ties to white supremacist organisations, the event was outclassed by a thousand-strong counter-protest.

While the straight parade marched with signs reading “it’s great to be straight” and “make normalcy normal again”, LGBT+ people and their allies shouted “shame on you”, “Boston hates you” and “alt right, get off our streets”.

Those who couldn’t attend were sure to share their thoughts on Twitter.

While Straight Pride organisers said that they are “committed to creating spaces for people of all identities to embrace the vibrancy of the straight community”, the day had little emphasis on the so-called “oppressed majority.”

Speakers included a spiritual adviser who preached that “it’s not OK to be gay, and if someone told you otherwise, they lied to you”.

Crowds also heard from a Holocaust denier and gay far-right pundit Milo Yiannopoulos, who spoke about LGBT+ people “paying reparations to the family members of everyone who has died of AIDS”.

More: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Boston Straight Pride, straight pride

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