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“Heterosexual Pride Day”

A day celebrating the majority degrades gay pride

Sara Dilly / Columnist

The other day, as I was leaving a meeting with two of my professors, I tuned in to the Raleigh radio station 105.1 FM. They were advertising for an upcoming event called “Heterosexual Pride Day.” They asked listeners to join them in a gathering of heterosexuals wearing clothes that would support the cause. I found myself strangely irritated by this message.

It seems unfair that there is a day to specifically celebrate what already exists every day. Heterosexuals are the majority and most of the laws in this country are created by and for these individuals. Heterosexuals rule while homosexuals are left to experience discrimination and unequal treatment in their daily lives.

While it is true that homosexuals are not subject to as much discrimination in today’s society as they once were, mostly thanks to homosexual activists and actions by the American Civil Liberties Union, but they are still victims of a large number of hate crimes and inequalities. While San Francisco police departments seek out homosexuals to be on its employee list, the FBI and CIA will still not knowingly hire homosexuals.

Attitudes toward homosexuality are least favorable in the South and most tolerated in the East. Homosexuals are more likely to “come out” if they are in urban areas such as New York and San Francisco but rarely in small southern towns. Because of this the fact that there is a “Heterosexual Pride Day” in North Carolina only makes the problem more apparent. Instead of maintaining status quo and the Southern intolerance of homosexuality, North Carolina government officials should not allow a day that simply overemphasizes what is already in place.

Heterosexuals control almost everything, while homosexuals must live with the anxiety and knowledge that they are unacceptable to certain social standards. If North Carolina wants to bridge a gap and end discrimination in any way, then this type of display should not be allowed. It only makes the homosexual community more aware of their differences and feelings of being out of place.

It is true that there are gay pride parades but these are done as a way to show that homosexuals will not live in shame or fear of their lifestyles. A heterosexual pride parade seems to show arrogance, as if they must reiterate the already known fact that whatever they say goes.

Laws regarding gay marriage are made by heterosexuals. Heterosexuals are no better or worse than homosexuals but sadly they are the majority and therefore make decisions for an entire society that they know nothing about. Being a heterosexual myself, I am ashamed of this day in North Carolina. It seems to be a step back in today’s society when we need to have peace and understanding of one another’s differences. Rubbing in a majority consensus will only cause more separation between individuals of different sexual orientation.

This parade is unnecessary and hurtful. I am sorry for the homosexual community that must stand by and watch a parade that occurs before their eyes every day, but on this particular day their insecurities are even more heightened and clear.

Contact Sara Dilly at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.

Links / Articles:
G105 Website
The Showgram Website (the radio show that put on Heterosexual Pride Day)