‘Straight pride’ parade draws marchers, protesters | Modesto Bee
02 September, 2019, 10:04
A "Straight Pride" parade in downtown Boston attracted counterprotesters - and a heavy police presence - resulting in nearly three dozen arrests.
Attempting to keep marchers and protesters apart, Boston police and state law enforcement officers, some wearing riot gear, used batons, their motorcycles, and pepper spray to control and disperse the crowd.
"We're here to show up in the face of hate with love and joy", one counterprotester told CBS Boston.
The march was widely condemned by Boston officials, including Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who said the event "is not any representation of who we are as a city".
The television station reports the officers all had non-life-threatening injuries.
The parade started around noon at Copley Square and moved down Boylston and Tremont streets, ending at City Hall Plaza. A man in a jester's hat carried a sign saying "Great to be straight" as he danced down the street.
"We absolutely reject the idea - prominently featured on the Parade organizers' website - that straight people are oppressed".
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However, groups including Black Lives Matter Cambridge led calls to "show up and numbers to change the narrative of the hatred".
"It has become increasingly clear that the Straight Pride Paradeis organized by a group of white supremacists and is an attempt to bait the Boston LGBTQ community, as well as racial and ethnic minority communities in Boston", said Boston Pride, which hosts one of the largest annual celebrations of the LGBTQ community in MA, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Several anti-Trump organizations and gay rights supporters have said they will try to block the parade.