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São Paulo, Brazil City Council Approves 'Straight Pride Day'


In late June, the Washington Post reported that evangelical leaders in São Paulo were pushing a "Heterosexual Pride Day" after being unable to rid the city of its Gay Pride parade.

Evangelical leaders have suggested the country celebrate a “Heterosexual Pride” day, or “Orgulho Hetero” in Portuguese, by putting the idea up for a vote in the City Council. Carlos Apolinário, the representative spearheading the idea, has previously tried to get the gay pride parade off of Sao Paulo’s well-known Paulista Avenue. If passed, Orgulho Hetero would be celebrated every third Sunday of December.

Yesterday, the City Council approved the proposal, despite the objections of several council members.

Loose translation from Google is HERE.

All the proposal needs now, according to the report, is for the mayor of São Paulo, Gilberto Kassab, to sign it.


More from the AP:

The legislation's author, Carlos Apolinario, said the idea for a Heterosexual Pride Day is "not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys."

As an example, he mentioned how Sao Paulo's huge gay pride day parade is held every year on Paulista Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in this city of 20 million people, while the March for Jesus organized by evangelical groups is not allowed on the same avenue.

"I respect gays and I am against any kind of aggression made against them," Apolinario said. "I have no trouble coexisting with gays as long as their behavior is normal."

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  1. Off topic, but do you have any say over your ads? The support Alan West ad seemed really odd on this site.

    Posted by: db | Aug 3, 2011 12:30:35 PM

  2. Stupid things happen all the time. It's like the women of that area getting to gether to form a "WOMEN TAKE BACK THE NIGHT" event to combat women being attacked and feeling unsafe at night. Then the city council approving a "MEN CAN ALSO RECLAIM THE NIGHT BECAUSE IT'S NOT FAIR FOR WOMEN TO HAVE THEIR OWN EVENT BECAUSE... UMM.. MAYBE WE FEEL LIKE UNSAFE FROM WOMEN NIGHT"... beyond idiocy...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Aug 3, 2011 12:34:50 PM

  3. DB, Technically you have control over the Ads. Just start online shopping for things you aren't going to buy. Then go to Vanguard, Ticketmaster, hell McDonalds, to get Ads generated on those search results instead of the political ads you get now (Probably because you read a lot of political blogs)

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 3, 2011 12:36:50 PM

  4. Let them have it. I'd like to see how many people feel the need to come out for a straight pride event and what straight pride would look like. Though the motives are questionable, the outcome might be interesting.

    Posted by: mike128 | Aug 3, 2011 12:38:45 PM

  5. Every day is straight pride day.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 3, 2011 12:41:39 PM

  6. Maybe they'll approve a White Pride Day next.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 3, 2011 12:42:21 PM

  7. Linear Brazilians are oppressed? Who knew?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 3, 2011 12:47:10 PM

  8. While I get the underlying homophobia in this, I don't fundamentally see anything wrong with "Straight Pride Day" as long as it doesn't disparage the gays. Is it wrong to be proud that one is straight?

    And on a tangent, in response to TampaZeke, why should "White" pride be treated differently than Black History Months or a Chinese New Year's Day Parades or Cinco de Mayos? Is it the supremacy subtext? Is it because whites are in majority? In Brazil, I imagine (though I could be wrong) that whites are a minority. So while I could see a "White Pride Day" facing opposition in America, especially given historical contexts, I don't know if it would be the same in Brazil.

    Posted by: Austin | Aug 3, 2011 12:50:34 PM

  9. Thanks goodness straight people can finally have this one day of high visibility, where they can show each other there are many others just like them. They can be proud of who they are and persevere so that one day they will have all the same rights afforded to gay people.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 3, 2011 12:50:51 PM

  10. Meh. Let them have it. I'm assuming it will end up an embarassment. They don't seem to realize that Gay Pride is based on the historical context of the Stonewall riots and therefore actually is something of substance. Straight Pride is simply a knee jerk reaction.

    Posted by: MT | Aug 3, 2011 12:55:03 PM

  11. Isn't Carnivale pretty much Brazilian str8 pride?

    Rampant sex, rampant boozing, women and men in skimpy costumes dancing seductively, and all in the name of God.

    Posted by: Frozen North | Aug 3, 2011 12:59:08 PM

  12. We get it, we get it -- you hate us. Couldn't care less. Next!

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 3, 2011 1:03:49 PM

  13. I say let 'em have their day. How will anyone know that it is any different than any other day?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Aug 3, 2011 1:10:42 PM

  14. They want a reaction from the gay community, that's all this is. A "nah nah nah nah nah nah, we're straight, you're not, hahaha, losers" while pointing and laughing type behavior, wanting to instigate, and if the gay community in Brazil reacts negatively, they can point fingers and call them hypocrites. There was a similar event in New York, where like 6 people showed up, and it will likely be a similar outcome here.

    If these people want to be exclusionary and go out of their way to have this gay vs. straight fundamental way of thinking, let them go ahead. It ultimately says more negative about them than it does anything else. We'll see if the mayor signs it and gives the OK to shame and embarrassment of Sao Paulo.

    What's sad in all of this is that Brazil is so homophobic, especially given how other South American countries have or are progressing on the matter of gay rights.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 3, 2011 1:21:01 PM

  15. guess these folks will miss the parade...

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 3, 2011 1:24:08 PM

  16. The straight privilege on display is amazing... but other than that, meh. let them have it.

    Posted by: Griff | Aug 3, 2011 1:26:26 PM

  17. Maybe the Fred Phelps' klan will show up and picket it, because it probably won't be heterosexual enough or whatever blunt, inbred criteria he uses to hate with.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Aug 3, 2011 1:38:54 PM

  18. In the US we already have a 'Straight Pride Day' except that it is called 'Super Bowl Sunday'.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Aug 3, 2011 1:46:21 PM

  19. when is white peoples pride day

    Posted by: mrbill | Aug 3, 2011 2:00:28 PM

  20. Why not straight pride? They are the ones making all the gay babies!

    Posted by: ted | Aug 3, 2011 2:02:52 PM

  21. @mrbill: It's today. Run out and celebrate! Don't worry – if you're busy today, it's happening again tomorrow. And if you're busy tomorrow, it's happening again the next day. And the next day, too! Isn't that convenient? Hooray!

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Aug 3, 2011 2:12:37 PM

  22. i think i have the video here:

    Posted by: megamike | Aug 3, 2011 2:13:48 PM

  23. I guess they don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Brazil.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 3, 2011 2:20:52 PM

  24. As a Brazilian - I can say this will probably end up being a huge excuse to take the day off and party on!!!! Gay pride in Sao Paulo - Brazil is so huge because people come from everywhere to party - not just because of gay pride. If this ends up becoming an event (dont really think it will), you can be sure gay people will be in presence and it will be a "warm up" for carnival (as any other event on the streets ends up being).

    Posted by: Rafael C | Aug 3, 2011 2:23:54 PM

  25. @Esther Speak for yourself. Many queers, such as myself, revere Super Bowl Sunday as much as any hetero does.......and believe me, at least a couple of those players out there on the field are queer, too.

    And some of their straight counterparts have begun to speak out on behalf of gay rights, as former Giant Mike Strahan did to great effect in the New York marriage equality battle.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 3, 2011 2:24:03 PM

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