No one turned up for a planned heterosexual pride march that was supposed to take place in Seattle, Washington yesterday – leaving its organizer to march alone.
167 people had registered their intention to take part of the event online but when ‘proud heterosexual’ and Heterosexual Parade organizer Anthony Rebello turned up to march through Seattle’s Capitol Hill district with a ‘straight pride’ sign and bunch of black and white balloons he found he was the only one there.
Reacting to the lack of a turn out online, Rebello blamed negative attention from the LGBTI community towards the event, writing, ‘This is a positive event that the LGBT community tried to turn into something negative – not everything has to do with gay people.’
‘A lot of heterosexuals don’t want their pictures taken because they are scared of the LGBT community.’
Rebello has claimed that he had no anti-gay agenda in creating the event, writing, ‘We mean no harm by celebrating. This is a positive event for heterosexuals.’
‘We are not discriminating, simply celebrating our right to be heterosexual.’
However in a blog post written in June, Rebello said he saw same-sex marriage as ‘a trend’ and ‘a cry for attention’ by gay people.
‘Maybe animals should be allowed to get married? Would they govern and tax them too? While they’re at it, how about equal rights for insects?’
‘In my opinion, there is a difference between a man and a woman. If you can’t appreciate those differences, you can’t enjoy those differences. I don’t agree with boys turning into girls, and I don’t agree with girls turning into boys.’
Rebello wrote that he had organized the event to reclaim the word ‘pride’ from the LGBTI community.
‘The word/meaning of “Pride” doesn’t belong to the gay/LGBT community, it belongs to everyone,’ Rebello wrote on his Smile Me A River blog, ‘That includes us good old fashioned straight people.’
‘The way I see it, in my opinion, some boys never turn into men, and some girls never turn into women. What a shitshow. “Welcome to the other side of the rainbow” Really? No thanks.’