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.


  1. mike/ says

    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…

  2. Oscar says

    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.

  3. echoes says

    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.

  4. Derrick from Philly says

    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.

  5. GregV says

    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.

  6. says

    “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.

  7. Bernie says

    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!

  8. Dback says

    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?)

  9. Rob says

    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.

  10. Chadd says

    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.

  11. funinsnowandcoldweather says

    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 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10582504/Smoking-increases-chances-of-child-being-homosexual-in-adulthood.html

    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.

  12. ben~andy says

    My reaction to this was as if I was reading it in The Onion, or seeing it on John Stewart. It seems like parody to me. I think it is someone making a joke and the misspellings are on purpose.

    btw, “straight, white guys” ARE a minority in terms of the overall population. Men die on average sooner than women, so in the population as a whole, guys are in the minority. The United States has recently passed 50% “non-white” so “white men” are also in the minority of the minority [no wonder they’re so pissy, the ones who don’t have brown, black, red, yellow, etc allies, much less Gay allies, you know, the Archie Huddled in the Bunkers].

    And adding “straight”? Well, on a Kinsey type sexuality scale, “straight” could really only apply to 1’s, 2’s and 3’s at the very MOST [and 1’s might not think 2’s and 3’s are straight]. Since the scale is a standard bell curve, with even tails tapering off to the sides of the high middle, “straight” are as distinctly in the minority as “gay” [7’s, but we’ll probably also allow 6’s and maybe even cute 5’s and after a few beers, even 4’s look good].

    Looked at that way, men are less than 50% of the population by gender, white men are less than 25% of the population and truly straight, white men are 1-1.5% of the population. We can’t assume that they’d all want to go, but, using the Census estimates for the Greater Columbus Statistical Area, if they ALL showed up, they’d need a venue that would hold between 23,485 and 36,000 [if say Rick attends].

    I think the Hollywood Farmer’s Market get’s that on a slow Sunday. I am not threatened by this.

  13. Tyler says

    I’m copy and pasting this here because I honestly don’t feel like retyping this. This nutcase isn’t worth the extra effort.

    If you guys don’t know, Funissnow is actually a commentor named Abner/funissnowfall/snowisfun/FUNINSNOWANDCOLDWEATHER.

    All he/she does is post rants about how gay people are child molesters, how Matthew Shepherd’s murder was justified because he was a “mean” meth addict, and how Trans people mutilate themselves through gender reassignment surgeries.

    He/she constantly refers to all the people he references by their First name , Middle initial (or middle name) and Last name each and every time he mentions them (ex. Rush H. Limbaugh, Jerry A. Sandusky, Patrick J. Buchanan). He/she’s points rarely have anything to do with the story at hand, and when called out for his horrific, homophobic comments all you get in response is “Why are you mean to me?”

    Abener/Funissnow/Snowisfun/Funissnowfall/FUNINSNOWANDCOLDWEATHER is mentally ill and he/she should just be ignored.

  14. Randy says

    “So instead of wondering why there isn’t a straight pride movement, be thankful you don’t need one.”

    LZ gets it wrong again.

    It’s not about need. It’s about fairness.

    The fact is, without straight people, few of us would even be here. What, did we suddenly all get gay parents?

    And as readers here have likely experienced themselves, men are discriminated against in today’s society. Even Time magazine is now recognizing the problems of feminism (see their recent piece on Women against Feminism).

    And yes, white people are discriminated against. Consider Obama’s “Brother’s Keeper” program to help boys. It is explicitly targeted to all needy boys EXCEPT the white ones.

    I have no problem with a “straight, white, male pride” so long as that’s what it is, and not an anti-gay, racist, anti-woman event.

  15. Michael says

    Being a gay man from Columbus I think there is a chance this is someone being ironic. If this is supposed to be a real thing, It will get absolutely no traction in this town. I have not seen any of these posters around town and no Columbus based business or politician would support something like this. This is an area of the city where gay couples are able to walk the street holding hands. Anyways, If there is a straight white pride event there is will probably be overrun by gay men hoping to see hot straight guys.

  16. funinsnow says

    see this video done by an honest homosexual man http://americansfortruth.com/2014/02/13/homosexual-walter-lee-hampton-on-man-boy-sex-gay-pederasty-i-would-not-let-my-teenage-sons-around-gay-men/

    Though it’s repeat it must be said again. A person is homosexual or lesbian if they knowingly and willing do same sex behaviors. If a person has homosexual activities with a young boy, then they are a homosexual pedofile. Jerry A. Sandusky is a homosexual pedofile-even if J.A. Sandusky calls himself straight, he would still be gay by behavior definition. But homosexual groups say that he is not gay when his conduct defines him as such.The priests who molest young boys are gay pedophiles. If a man has sex with little girls only, then he is a straight pedophile. Rush H. Limbaugh’s right when he said Jerry A. Sandusky is gay-and columnist Patrick J. Buchanan condemns who he calls gay priests. Those priests are again gay pedophiles, pederasts or homolesters. So there are many homosexual pedophiles such as the gay priests, Jerry A. Sandusky.

    Again, it’s sexual conduct or behavior which defines if 1 is straight or homosexual. Since homosexuals and lesbians (transexuals) often suffered childhood sex abuse, it’s no surprise that homosexuals and lesbians think childhood sexual abuse is OK when it’s homosexual activities. All homosexual pedofiles are homosexuals. All transexuals are homosexual/lesbian as the act of mutilating to become false opposite sex is itself an act of homosexuality/lesbianism-sad maiming and make this illegal. homosexual groups got offended when columnist Patrick J. Buchanan condemned gay priests. What those priests did when they molest young boys is homosexuality.

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