In São Paulo, Brazil, the city's municipality has advanced a measure that would establish a "Straight Pride" Day. Now, the bill is awaiting the approval from Gilberto Kassab, the city's mayor - if he signs it into law, the celebration will occur the third Sunday of every December. São Paulo is Brazil's largest city and is the eighth most populous city in the world.
The bill would result in "Straight Pride Day" being officially listed on the city's municipal calendar, and the city would be expected to make the public aware and excited about the event.
Councilperson Carlos Apolinario drafted the bill, and he has said that it's not intended as an anti-LGBT move.
According to an article on globo.com (translated from Portuguese):
Apolinario discussed that the project was just a way to speak out against the "excesses and privileges" afforded to the gay community. He confirmed that one of these privileges was that the LGBT Parade was held on Paulista Avenue while the March for Jesus was relocated to the Northern zone of the city.
São Paulo features one of the largest LGBT populations in Latin America, and its annual LGBT Pride parade is one of the largest in the world. The crowd this year neared four million people. Brazil is relatively advanced on LGBT rights, with regard to its Latin American neighbors.
This measure reminds me of the "Global Straight Pride Day" that was supposed to take off a few years ago - straight people, the logic went, often feel overlooked during LGBT pride events, as if their own sexuality was not something to be celebrated. According to the "Global Straight Pride Day" Facebook group:
Straight pride has a place in our world, just as much as Black pride, gay pride, white pride and any other pride-for-being-alive day. To claim GSP as a social anti 'ISM' is only showing that the meaning of freedom is no longer understood.
But, of course, one of the key goals of LGBT Pride events is to demonstrate to other, closeted LGBT people and to the broader community that LGBT people exist and refuse to keep their identities or relationships hidden because of discrimination or bigotry. They're exhibitions of widespread support for equality - LGBT people and their allies standing together to explain that institutionalized intolerance is not acceptable. Straight Pride days do little more than mock this goal, as heterosexuals are not institutionally discriminated against because of their sexuality.
If the São Paulo mayor approves the municipality-wide "Straight Pride" Day, he'll be supporting that mockery and inserting an unnecessary wedge into a country that has seen such progress surrounding sexual minority discrimination.