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A Small Crowd Marched In Boston For ‘Straight Pride’ And AOC Had The Perfect Response

White people across the country are freaking out. Okay, let me rephrase that. Some white people with too much time on their hands are growing increasingly paranoid that non-white and non-heterosexual people are taking over this great land we call the United States. Not only are white supremacists wreaking havoc, killing innocent people, but we also have ridiculous white people parading around town, causing pure embarrassment. 

Yesterday, an estimated 200 people marched in downtown Boston for the first (and hopefully the last) “Straight Pride Parade.” 

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Back in June, right in the beginning of Pride month, three men formed the Super Happy Fun America organization and said they too would have their own pride day to celebrate straight people everywhere. One thing they didn’t openly say is that organizers of the “Straight Pride Parade” also have affiliations with white supremacy groups. Needless to say, the concept for the “Straight Pride Parade” drew instant ridicule yet the parade went on as planned. The permit for the parade stated they were expecting around 2,000 people, but that was not the case. More than a thousand counter-protesters showed up and police report that 36 people were arrested

People on social media could not help but mock these sad individuals, but the best line came from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

“For men who are allegedly so ‘proud’ of being straight, they seem to show real incompetence at attracting women to their event. Seems more like a ‘I-Struggle-With-Masculinity’ parade to me. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Hope they grow enough over the next year to support/join LGBTQ fam next #Pride!”

Her tweet was in response to a video of the “Straight Pride Parade” that showed people holding the American flag, others in dinosaur costumes, a majority with MAGA hats, and a huge Trump float. 

As we mentioned, 36 people were arrested, and many of those were counter-protesters. Rep. Ayanna Pressley urged people to donate to the Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund that would help contribute to the bail of the individuals arrested. 

“Join me right now in making a contribution,” Rep. Pressley tweeted. “Thank You to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march. To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today…we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told her followers to do the same. 

“One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade? Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community: (Any $ left over goes to @MassBailFund + @Boston_GLASS ).”

This is not the first time Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made a hilarious jab at the organizers and supporters of “Straight Pride Parade.”

When the initial concept was first announced, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Will ‘Straight Pride’ be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives? Will people have to come out as straight? What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?” Well, she wasn’t far off. People were wearing weird-ass clothes and clown costumes.  

Here are some other of our favorite tweets from yesterday’s bogus parade. 

Jemain Clement from Flight of the Concords nailed it!

If this parade is so straight, why are there more men than women?

In all honesty, there was a handful of women there, but why didn’t did their girlfriends or wives come and support them? Oh, wait…never mind. 

Well, this is a good representation of the parade: sad and lonely.

That trash bin actually looks like it’s having more fun. 

Why would “normal” straight people want to be associated with this?

A shark? Really?

Maybe next year they will change the name to what it actually is. 

Why hide its real message?

By the way, these are the organizers of “Straight Pride Parade.”

Things that make you go hmm…

Now, if you really want to be confused by these odd people that put on this spectacle and refer to themselves as “Super Fun Happy America,” they proclaim to be “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to build respect, inclusivity, equality, diversity, unity, solidarity, dignity, social mobility, empowerment, sustainability, justice, awareness, intersectionality, human rights, education, access, participation, dialogue, visibility, tolerance, and alliances with people from all walks of life. We encourage everyone to embrace our community’s diverse history, culture, and identity regardless of sexual orientation.”

We know that line is complete BS because the major of people there were white, and I didn’t see one LGBT person supporting their cause. They are the antithesis of inclusivity. 

Straight Pride is code for Trump rally. 

Perhaps a MAGA permit was more expensive so they went with “Straight Pride Parade.” 

We hope this sad display of a gathering will finally put this question to rest. 

The answer: because every day is a straight pride parade. 

READ: Boston Heteros Are Calling For A Straight Pride Parade And Twitter Is Not Having It

This Nude Painting Of Mexican Icon Emiliano Zapata Has Gone Viral But It’s Actually Not Even New

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This Nude Painting Of Mexican Icon Emiliano Zapata Has Gone Viral But It’s Actually Not Even New

Secretaria de Cultura / Fabian Chairez

La Revolución by Chiapas artist Fabian Cháirez depicts Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata riding a white horse. Zapata has his eyes closed as if he was lost in reverie, he’s totally nude, wearing high heels, and a shimmering pink hat — and the horse has a massive erection. 

The painting isn’t new, it is one of 141 works included in the exhibit Zapata Después de Zapata to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the revolutionary’s death. When the Mexican Secretariat of Culture shared the image on Facebook, many users had a polarizing response. Cháirez believes the negative responses are rooted in sexist and homophobic attitudes. 

Zapata’s grandson says he is taking legal action against the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature. 

“We are not going to allow that. That’s why they’re going to take legal action”. Zapata´s grandson said in a statement. “We came here to exhibit the nonsense they did… to exhibit a photograph of our general (Emiliano Zapata) in Bellas Artes”

One would think the issue a critic would have with the image is that there might be an implication of bestiality. No, according to Zapata’s grandson, Jorge Zapata who held a press conference in Cuernavaca  says the problem is that Cháirez painted him as “gay.” 

“What could we call him? An unknown painter, who I think wants fame… he portrays general Zapata as, gay. So I believe that as a family, as a people, where we are clearly Zapatistas, we are not going to allow that,” Jorge said according to the Yucatan Times

Does Jorge think being gay means two men love each other or that a man and a horse love each other? Jorge appears to be more repulsed by the thought of his grandfather possibly liking another man, more so than him being attracted to a horse. 

“Now we’ve done what’s right, we are going to sue them, and we´ll have demonstrations and hold press conferences. We are going to sue both the painter and the person in charge of Bellas Artes.” Jorge said at the conference. 

Art is subjective and isn’t always meant to be literally interpreted, Cháirez appears to be trying to evoke a feeling and a response from the viewer about what the image might mean rather than creating something intended to be taken at face value. 

Many people on social media were also offended by the painting.

“I truly think that the image is offensive for the Mexican leader and hero. I’m not at all against homosexuality . . . but Zapata deserves respect. He was a leader who fought for land rights and freedom. I will never accept the denigration of his image in this way,” Jonathan Gómez Rios wrote on Facebook.

However, others defended Cháirez’s painting, commending the artist for being able to stir controversy as it was clearly intended. 

“I love that a simple painting causes so much controversy. People argue and seethe because of a painting, A PAINTING! Well done to the Secretariat of Culture and whoever’s behind this post. Congratulations!” said another user on Facebook.

Cháirez speaks out in defense of his work of art. 

“The feminine [form of Zapata] is what causes contempt . . . We’re in a super sexist society. There are some people who are bothered by bodies that don’t obey the norms. [But] in this case, where’s the offense? Are they offended because he’s feminized?” he told El Universal.

Cháirez says portraits of Zapata usually glorify his masculinity, while his own works intend to do just the opposite. According to the Yucatan Times, the Chiapas painter is part of the Neomexicanism movement and his works typically portray bodies in ways that challenge traditional stereotypes about masculinity and social mores about sexual orientation. 

“His piece, ‘The Revolution’ questions the macho stereotypes that make up the national identity and makes visible the movements of sexual diversity,” the Yucatan Times writes. “The image has caused great offense among those who defend the memory of General Emiliano Zapata the ‘Caudillo del Sur’ and reject the idea of portraying him as a homosexual.”

A Florida Politician Is Caught On Video Telling A Young Puerto Rican Tennis Player To “Go Cut Grass”

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A Florida Politician Is Caught On Video Telling A Young Puerto Rican Tennis Player To “Go Cut Grass”

Martin Hyde

Martin Hyde, a candidate for the Sarasota City Commission, has dropped out of the race after allegedly telling a young Puerto Rican tennis player to “cut grass.” The confrontation was caught on camera by a 15-year-old junior tennis player, according to the teenager’s uncle Javier Irizarry. 

Hyde denies that what he said was racist or that he did anything wrong, but instead claims he is dropping out of the race due to the negative attention. Hyde was subsequently banned from Sarasota’s Bath & Racquet Club following the incident. 

Video of the confrontation goes viral on social media.

“Puerto Rican junior tennis player was expelled from the Celsius Tennis Academy facilities for speaking Spanish,” Couto de Jesús tweeted according to Latino Rebels. “He was Sarasota, Florida, participating in the Casely International Championship. In the video, a white man kicks him out of the facilities and shows his economic privilege. This must be denounced.”

According to the Herald Tribue, Hyde claims that while his son was getting a tennis lesson, some players near the court were being rude. Hyde’s son told them to be quiet. 

“I came over and said ‘He asked you nicely, and I’m telling you now to shut the hell up.’ That was the extent of it,” Hyde told the newspaper. 

However, things took a heated turn when Hyde allegedly told one of the young men to go “cut grass.” Hyde doesn’t deny this in the video he merely says, “so what.” 

“We’re calling the police. That’s racism, man; how can you say something like that? Aren’t you human?” The young tennis player tells Hyde in the video. 

Irizarry, on the other hand, claims his nephew and another tennis player were speaking Spanish when Hyde screamed at them to tell them to be quiet. 

“My nephew asked him why so he got a little bit mad and mentioned he shouldn’t be playing tennis and should be cutting the grass,” Irizarry said.

Hyde is banned from Bath & Racquet Fitness Club by the manager. 

Latino Rebels reached out to the manager of the club, Michael Brandon who expressed disgust at the video.

“I am super disturbed at seeing that video. I was actually the coach that was on the court. I knew that there was some type of incident but had no idea to what degree this actually went down. After watching the video, the member is going to be removed this afternoon so I’m going to be notifying him that he’s no longer a member of the club,” Brandon said.

When the Herald-Tribune pressed Hyde on whether he had been kicked out of the club, he insisted that Brandon had hit the “panic button.” 

“Bath and Racquet definitely or any of the staff here does not stand for racism whatsoever or any type of actions like that at all, especially towards children or obviously anyone. He will be removed from the club this afternoon, and thank you for reaching out. We’re so sorry that happened but we have rectified the situation,” Brandon said. 

Hyde drops out of the Sarasota City Commission race.

Hyde still insists that his actions were not rude. Hyde is an entrepreneur and Republic who ran for City Commission in 2017 and lost. He claims he has been getting death threats, and according to the Herald-Tribute “choked up” at the thought of being referred to as a racist.

“It’s with great regret that I’m announcing my withdrawal from the election process for the Sarasota City Commission in 2020,” Hyde said in a statement. “I hold myself to a higher standard though than engaging with noisy teenagers in public places, and it for this failing and this alone that I’ve decided to stand down from public life. A part of me thinks I should stay on and fight to clear my name in the face of falsehoods, but I believe that if I did the scrutiny and defamation would simply increase and that wouldn’t be fair to those close to me that I care about.” 

Hyde reconsiders his plans to drop out of the race.

After initially dropping out of the campaign, Hyde is now reconsidering. According to the Herald-Tribune, he is looking for a way to publicly “atone” for what he has done. 

“I haven’t had anyone condone my poor behavior and I’m not without regret for it myself,” Hyde wrote. “That having been said I agree with those that have said the best form of redemption might be a public one.” 

The Herald-Tribune notes that Hyde, who is known for his brash behavior, decides to remain in the race, this could be another test of how far politicians can go with anti-immigrant rhetoric in the Trump administration.