But … why can’t *WE* have a straight pride parade?
Well, I’ll tell you why. You don’t deserve one, that’s why! Because if all you’ve ever done is simply exist – in your cis-gender body with your societally normative opposite-sex attraction – then you have not earned the right to a parade! You can be as proud as you want to be about being straight or cis but until you have experienced oppression, until you have been made to feel less – less human, less moral, less clean, less worthy of love, less deserving of safety, less entitled to the basic security and dignity to which all human beings are entitled – do not talk to me about straight pride!
Unless you have experienced the daily micro-aggressions of a bigoted society that despises you for being different, that detests you for things over which you have zero control, that resents you for daring to be open about who you truly are, you have not earned a parade. Until you know how it feels to have laws passed to regulate your body, to limit your professional growth, to restrict where you can live and work and with whom you can fall in love, you do not get a parade.
Until you can honestly look yourself in the mirror and say, truthhfully, how cruel and unjust the world is for treating you so badly because of how you were born, you do not get a parade. Until you have told yourself for the millionth time that you will not let this cruel and hateful world break you down, you have not earned the right to a parade.
When you have survived a hate crime, when you have lost friends to “gay panic,” then you will have earned the right to a parade. But until you have been evicted, or fired, or denied a job for no reason other than who you are, you do not get a parade.
When you have chosen to not kill yourself after your community ostracized you, then you will have earned the right to a parade. When you forgive your parents for choosing their religion over you, for forcing you to choose homelessness over the closet they keep open for you in their house, then you can have your pride parade.
You clearly do not understand that pride is about more than being gay or bi or trans or intersex or asexual. Pride is about surviving the prejudice, the bigotry, the scorn, the toxic shame that society has heaped on you for being different—and for daring to be okay with it. Pride is about surviving the worst that a cruel and unjust world has thrown at you, about falling down and getting back up, about living to fight another day. Most importantly, pride is about striving to be your best self in the face of a world that questions your very right to exist.
So you, straight cis person, you do not get a parade just because you won the lottery of birth by being born straight and/or cis. You do not get a parade simply for being normative. Besides being straight, what else have you done to deserve a parade? Are you uplifting your community by living your truth? Are you helping others like you to build a safe community in which they can be accepted for who they are? If you are, good for you! And if you’re not, are you just coasting on your straightness and expecting a parade?
If that’s the case, I’m sorry but you do not get a parade. Period. If all you’ve ever achieved is mere existence as a normative member of your society, then you have no idea what life is like for those who do not fit the mold. You have no idea what survival is because you have no idea what it means to be oppressed because of who you are. If you really understood oppression, if you knew how it feels to survive in spite of being detested by your society, you would never ask a question as stupid as why we can’t have a straight pride parade.