Straight Pride are a ridiculous campaign group with excellent graphic design. In a bang-on-trend website in the ‘scroll’ style that has become popular this year, they put forward a case for why ‘straight rights’ need defending.
Oliver Hotham, a student and a journalist, sent Straight Pride UK a list of questions, and they responded with a ‘press release’. When he published the answers, along with a couple of questions that were not answered, Straight Pride complained to WordPress (who host Oliver’s blog) to take the posts down. As Oliver explains in a follow-up post, this was extremely bizarre behaviour by Straight Pride UK. If you are having an e-mail correspondence with someone who claims to be a journalist, who has contacted you for the purposes of an interview there is no expectation of privacy in your communications… especially if you send them a document marked ‘press release’.
Stright Pride UK are now experiencing The Streisand Effect, where the attempt to censor backfires, and other people republish and discuss the words or pictures you seek to suppress.
One of the questions that Straight Pride chose not to answer was this one:
“Pride” movements such as Gay Pride and Black Pride were making the argument that the stigma against them meant that proclaiming their “pride” was an act of liberation from oppression. Can being heterosexually really compare?
This is the nub of the issue, in my opinion. There is no historical stigma against straight people, and there is no stigma now.
Its a shame that the existence of gay pride marches, or equal rights in marriage or services, are percived by some as a threat. Straight Pride do not point to changes in the law that withdraw rights from heterosexuals. Nor can they point to any law which structually disadvantages them. The only example they give in response to Oliver’s questions is the Hamilton Hall hotel in Bournemouth, which offers a tantric sex advice to men only. The hotel website helpfully lists the laws that provide for this kind of ‘discrimmination’ – The same laws that allow hairdressers and many other spa retreats to ‘discrimminate’ and only take women clients.
So in the absence of any real societal prejudice against straight people, and the absense of any laws that discriminate against heterosexuals, Straight Pride amounts to nothing more than a campaign for the ‘right’ to uphold the vilification and stigma of another group in society. We probably would not have known this pathetic fact if it were not for their attempt to censor Oliver Hotham.