At least three organizers of a Straight Pride Parade have received envelopes filled with glitter, says Samson Racioppi, one of the organizers of the event.
“I went out to my mailbox and there was an envelope in there with my name and address, no return address, the back was very heavily taped up and when I shook it I heard stuff shaking around inside,” Racioppi told CNN.
Neighbors were evacuated from their houses and a hazmat team was called to investigate. When the envelopes were examined, they were found to contain glitter and “vague, ominous” letters.
The organizers believe they were targeted because of their involvement with the parade.
Racioppi is part of the group Super Happy Fun America, whose tagline is “It’s Great To Be Straight.” The group claims to “advocate 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,” but in reality they’re just mocking the LGBTQ community because the desire for human rights is hysterical.
The idea that straight people NEED a parade ridicules the necessity for pride. Have straight relationships ever been illegal? No. Are they afraid to hold hands in public in case of facing abuse? No. This is about bigots trying to stir hate for lgbtq+ people #StraightPrideParade— Evelyn Gascoyne (@LilFartGoblin) June 29, 2019
Super Happy Fun America president John Hugo called the glitter letters an act of “terrorism.”
“Even if it’s nothing in it, it’s still terrorism as far as I’m concerned because obviously it’s meant to intimidate us,” he said.
In June, the group announced their plans to hold a Straight Pride Parade this year in Boston. The grand marshal will be Milo Yiannopoulos, former Breitbart editor, professional conservative agitator, and gay man.
https://t.co/iT9LYsPmXM While the "super happy fun america" site is full of jokes, this is a hate parade, period. The staff is all white and associated with far right groups. We have to let them know this hate is not welcomed in Boston or anywhere. #Pride2019 #StraightPrideParade— Dylan (@dhegsrowing) June 29, 2019
In 2009, President Obama designated June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the riots, which were crucial in the fight for LGBTQ rights.
Brian Pendleton, co-founder of the L.A. Resist March, explained, “LGBTQ Pride Parades and Pride Month are meant to celebrate us and elevate us, whereas I feel like Straight Pride is meant to divide us. It’s just a dog whistle.”