Checking out what is trending on Twitter always has a greater than average chance of making you lose faith in humanity. It was no surprise to me that something called #INeedStraightPrideBecause was trending. Filled with trepidation and not a small amount of self-loathing, I dove into the scrum to see what sort of monsters were out tonight.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause my ego is fragile and I feel the need to celebrate rights I already have!!!— Nick Prayner (@nick_pls) June 10, 2015
Oh. Well. That’s not what I expected! Let’s keep going!
#INeedStraightPrideBecause the thousands of years of acceptance for my sexual preference isn't enough :( everything needs to be about me :((— Katy (@katyhowellx) June 10, 2015
Oh, this is DELICIOUS.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause I'm bothered by what these two consulting adults do in the privacy of their own homes— Røse (@DreaminUpWorlds) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause sometimes I forget I've never faced oppression and I need a day to showcase all the oppression I've never faced— emilie (@penguincafo) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause I ran out of BLUE razors and my wife thought it was okay for me to use the exact same razor but in PINK— Rodney (@not_the_skater) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause i want to know why do people keep talking about these "gay couples" those are just gals being pals— maya (@MayoiiAyasato) June 10, 2015
Then shit got less goofy and more real.
#INeedStraightPrideBecause being straight has never been a punishable crime and I've never been forced to hide who I am— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) June 10, 2015
#INeedStraightPrideBecause gay people are demanding their constitutional rights and asking to be treated like humans 😔— Nia Khalifa (@NiaMyles) June 10, 2015
Most homophobes are men who are terrified that a man might treat them, for one minute, they way they treat women. #INeedStraightPrideBecause— JRehling (@JRehling) June 10, 2015
For once I can say: Well done, Twitter users. Not one of the top tweets spouted actual Straight Pride idiotic rumblings. It was all either thoughtful, mocking of the terrible hashtag, or a delightful combination of the two. I’m pleasantly surprised.