Only about 100 – 150 people showed up today to march in the much hyped Boston “Straight Pride Parade”. Despite the months of publicity they were out-numbered by far larger crowds of counter-protesters and a heavy police presence.
Organizers from the group Super Happy Fun America (SHFA) staged the march from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza to draw attention to the straight or heterosexual community.
However, the parade the parade and some of its featured speakers consisted mostly of Donald Trump supporters many of which have ties to far-right organizations like Resist Marxism and the Proud Boys, two groups that have been associated with violence at similar events.
Boston Pride tweeted a statement about the parade, writing in part, “It has become increasingly clear that the Straight Pride Parade is organized by a group of white supremacists and is an attempt to bait the Boston LGBT community, as well as racial and ethnic minority communities in Boston. It’s a trolling event, designed to get a rise out of vulnerable communities.”
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Boston police had arrested 34 people. Four officers were injured, and none of those injuries were considered serious.