Application for 'Straight Pride Parade' approved in Boston
Application for the "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston was approved by the city, which is a step in the permit process, and with their public event application, the organizers of the parade got the cities permission to host it on Aug. 31 from noon to 3 p.m.
However, approvals from the police department and licensing board are still required, because of the need for an entertainment license and parade permits.
The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh has previously said that the city couldn't have denied the group behind the proposal, Supper Happy Fun America, a permit for this event even if they had a disagreement with the event organizers beliefs.
In early June the mayor said:
“Permits to host a public event are granted based on operational feasibility, not based on values or endorsements of belief”, but although this event will be organized, Walsh will not be attending.
SHFA request to hold an event at City Hall Plaza with its flags raised was denied by the city because it was a really ambitious request that the city officials couldn't approve off.
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The main man of the group said that straight people are an oppressed majority and that they will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of hate and prejudice.
Their slogan "it's great to be straight" celebrated on Wednesday at a news conference, was denied being anti-gay or intended to mock their community.
John Hugo, the president of Super Happy Fun America said at the news conference "We don't hate anyone, we just want to have our own celebration just like everybody else has a right to. All people from all communities are welcome as long as they show respect."