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Ohio Posters Advertising 'Straight White Guy Festival' Annoy Locals


Misspelled posters advertising a "straight white guy festival" recently appeared near a gay-friendly neighborhood of Clintonville in Columbus, Ohio. The festival, ostensibly scheduled for September 20, will "celabrate [sic] our enjoyment of being straight, white and male" at Goodale Park.

The posters could be a hoax since city officials have reportedly received zero event permit requests for the park. 

The UK Mirror states:

The event has been taken by some as a homophobic backlash against the gay pride festival held at the park last month... Many have reacted with outrage, claiming every day is a straight white guy festival. Others have defended the unknown organisers, arguing that they have the same right to celebrate their sexuality and heritage as the LGBT community and other minorities.

In 2007, "straight pride" supporters marched in a Pride parade in Telluride, Colorado. Meanwhile, in 2011 the local government of Sao Paulo, Brazil approved a "straight pride day... protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys." 

But proponents of "straight pride" responses to gay pride events may want to consider CNN contributor LZ Granderson's thoughts on the matter:

Gay Pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution... So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.

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  1. Let us all start a fun raiser on Towleroad to purchase a ticket so that Rick may attend.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 28, 2014 10:24:57 AM

  2. They also forgot the adjective "dumb".

    Posted by: peter | Jul 28, 2014 10:25:52 AM

  3. one BIG problem with the argument "...that they have the same right to celebrate their sexuality and heritage as the LGBT community and other minorities."

    they ain't no minority! oh! and btw, this continues to prove thet 'straight white guys' cain't spell neither...

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 28, 2014 10:26:06 AM

  4. While this thing is obviously stupid, it's not shocking. Straight white men have becoming the biggest targets of the PC police, by far. To some people, straight white guy means they MUST be homophobic or racist or hate women or whatever - and people take advantage of that.

    I used to work with an african american woman who, one year when she didn't get the raise she wanted, told me she was gonna sue her boss and call him a racist. Nevermind she was the worst and least capable employee there. She felt entitled to "get paid" and said just hinting he was a racist would "scare them into giving me more $$".

    Sadly, that's the real world these days.

    Posted by: Oscar | Jul 28, 2014 10:39:09 AM

  5. Speaking as a gay man who actually owns a house in the Clintonville neighborhood in Columbus (yes, really!), I'm surprised by the news of the posters. I haven't seen any. Goodale Park, by the way, is in the Short North neighborhood, not Clintonville, and is the park where Pride festivities, attended this year by more than 250,000 people, were held. This is, believe it or not, a very accepting city.

    Posted by: echoes | Jul 28, 2014 10:39:14 AM

  6. Let them have their fun, I say.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 28, 2014 10:43:06 AM

  7. The straight white guys I know are the nicest people I I'm going to show up at this event and continue stalking.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 28, 2014 10:56:25 AM

  8. OKAY, we'll do another funD raiser for Oscar (a former concubine of Fidel Castro...until Oscar grew too old). He's in Miami, I believe. His air fare will cost more than Rick's.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 28, 2014 11:01:15 AM

  9. I'd love to attend.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 28, 2014 11:08:36 AM

  10. I don't see this as any different than the white gays who only want to be around other white gays.What's the problem?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 28, 2014 11:13:11 AM

  11. I don't see this as any different than the white gays who only want to be around other white gays.What's the problem?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 28, 2014 11:13:11 AM

  12. I don't see this as any different than the white gays who only want to be around other white gays.What's the problem?

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 28, 2014 11:13:11 AM

  13. For all we know, this was a couple of 12-year-old boys who, after making their "NO GERLS ALOWD" sign for their backyard playhouse, decided that the two of them should have a "straight white guy" festival in the park where they'll play tiddlywinks and practise saying cuss words.
    A crudely-made sign that looks like it was put together in 10 minutes with supplies snatched from the back of the classroom (about an "event" that has no apparent backing) is pretty non-intimidating.

    Posted by: GregV | Jul 28, 2014 11:20:15 AM

  14. "we're having a festival to celebrate how great things were back in the 1950s when our fathers beat our mothers for giving terrible head after they made an equally-mediocre meal"

    or something.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 28, 2014 11:22:58 AM

  15. My thoughts are that unless this is real, I am going to laugh; However, if it turns out to be real, then my response is this is not funny and it would be homophobic to me if straight white guys really think they need a pride day or worse, they are making fun of gay pride days!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 28, 2014 11:34:02 AM

  16. Remember when Lucy Van Pelt asked her grandmother why there was a Mother's Day and a Father's Day but no Children's Day, and got the response "Every day is children's day"? Yeah, every day is pretty much straight white guys' day. (Lest ye doubt: how many hundreds of channels devoted to sports?)

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 28, 2014 11:38:45 AM

  17. My reaction is that this MUST be an ironic joke - the spelling errors highlighting the stupidity of anyone who would actually think this was a good idea. Otherwise it is actually a trifecta of offensiveness targeting not only the non-straight but also the non-white and the non-male. I'm laughing; whether with them or at them depends on the intent of those who made the sign.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 28, 2014 11:45:03 AM

  18. the idea of a straight white guy festival, is, as stan marsh would say, "pretty gay."

    Posted by: woody | Jul 28, 2014 12:08:30 PM

  19. i mean, really, what are they going to do... snap towels at each others' asses?

    Posted by: woody | Jul 28, 2014 12:12:59 PM

  20. The poster is obviously not for a real event, but it is making a real statement. The problem is that whoever made it and many other people think that "the privileges the gay community enjoys" is a real thing.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 28, 2014 12:14:59 PM

  21. "ADDMission"

    How can you take a poster like this seriously?

    Posted by: Alan | Jul 28, 2014 12:21:53 PM

  22. I'm going, and I'm taking a few six-packs with me...

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 28, 2014 12:31:33 PM

  23. In really really tiny print at the bottom it says: Circle jerk with deep French kissing starts at 10:00pm around bonfire.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Jul 28, 2014 1:04:15 PM

  24. John Boehner can't attend: he's orange!

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 28, 2014 1:05:40 PM

  25. Even if orientation doesn’t change, it’s best for gays/lesbians to be celibate just as it’s best for a person with tobacco orientation not to smoke. If homosexuality is inborn as some scientists believe, then it would be a birth defect. study which though needs to be replicated links smoking to homosexuality in adulthood

    They have higher rates of smoking during pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on reservations so it would be a study to find out links between American Indian women smoking during pregnancy and a baby turning out homosexual or lesbian in adulthood. In 2011, I had suggested the link between a woman smoking during pregnancy and the increased risk of the baby turning out homosexual in adulthood, so this study is not new.

    behavior including sexual behavior can be learned. Never have I heard straights blame childhood sex abuse for reasons a man has sex with a woman and fathers children with her. Yet sometimes have heard gays and lesbians say childhood sex abuse is reason they do same sex behaviors. Sex abuse in youth can cause people to behave in ways. It’s not controversial to talk of nightmares, suicides, bed wetting often a result of sex abuse in youth. Yet when 1 talks gay/lesbian behaviors in adulthood because they learned this sexual behavior by being repeatedly molested, then gays with politically safe psychologists complain. The politically correct psychologists who deny this know it’s possible for a boy to turn out gay as a result of childhood sex abuse, yet deny what they know is true. Of course, not all who are sexually abused in youth become gay in adulthood-but the risk is higher.

    Main ideas of science and math are always the same (such as freezing temperature is 32 Degrees Fahrenheit & lower, 2+2=4) and with main ideas of science, unless new information is found which changes prior conclusion (such as in 1950s when they found a whale is a mammal not a fish as scientists first thought), the main ideas of science stay the same. I do not believe mainstream science/psychology in the 1960s to early 70s discovered anything new to change long held conclusions on homosexuality when they removed homosexuality from DSM in 1973. They have as said since 1973 become ideological on gay/lesbian topic. I don’t deny possibility homosexuality could be genetic or inborn for some but that is unproven. Even if it’s true that homosexuality is inborn for some people, homosexual/lesbian conduct would still be bad for health. Homosexual/lesbian conduct needs to be marginalized such as smoking/tobacco use is.

    I know my view offends homosexuals, but most smokers do not get offended by negative views of tobacco use. So homosexuals/lesbians have to hear others give negative views of their sex lives, because there is something wrong with this just as there’s something wrong with smoking.

    Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. For a therapy to have best chance of success, the patient has to want it for themselves. If a person goes into therapy because he or she is pressured by peers into this, they are usu. not going to last long because they don’t sincerely want it. If a kid is a junky and he or she doesn’t want therapy to quit drugs, then it’s usu. going to fail because they don’t want it. You can not force a person into therapy minus a court order and even if you do, if they don’t sincerely want it, it’s usu. will fail. While repair therapy to treat gayism, lesbianism often fails, using what you ask, we also should not have repair therapy to treat smoking, drug junkyism, etc. because that often fails. Minors can not be forced into therapy against will-minus a court order such as requiring medicines for a minor who does not want medicines.

    Yes, it should also be the right of homosexuals and lesbians not to go into repair therapy just as I support right of tobacco users not to have repair therapy to quit smoking and I support right of any lucid person to refuse medical care such as if a lucid person’s a heart attack victim and does not want open heart surgery, then it should be their right to refuse this. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism, because such therapy often fails and high relapses. Is it possible for a homosexual or lesbian to change sexual behavior and sexual orientation to heterosexuality? There are gays and lesbians who sincerely believe they changed to heterosexuality and without contrary proof only they know.

    Posted by: funinsnowandcoldweather | Jul 28, 2014 2:04:23 PM

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