Heterosexual Pride Day – Are You Fucking Kidding Me

Ok, lets get this one on the table I am a white, educated, middle class, middle aged, straight guy.  I have been pretty lucky in life, I have a lovely wife, an amazing son and a caring family.  I retired early due to ill health and am now in a position in life where I can do just about anything I like.

It takes a lot to rile me these days but “Heterosexual Pride Day” has my blood boiling.  I’m an Irishman who has lived in England for most of his life and I have suffered at the hands of racists and bully’s but my experience is nothing compared with the experience that asian, black and gay people have been through over the years.

My family won’t reject me because I am straight.  The pub I have a beer in won’t be bombed because it is full of straight people.  I am unlikely to be attacked by “Straightophobic” thugs as I hold hands with my wife walking down the street.

When will some people realise that oppressed minorities need a voice.  Gay Pride and Black Lives Matter give a voice to those who are oppressed because of the colour of their skin or their sexuality.  Without these movements we would not live in the (mostly) tolerant society we do.

The white, middle-class, straight man has a voice.  The world is dominated by them (us?) your (my) rights are not ignored and you are not oppressed in the same way that minority groups are.

For goodness sake get over your bourgeois sense of entitlement.  Heterosexual Pride Day is a slap in the face to a movement who struggle only for equality and tolerance in a world where it is all too often denied.

For fuck sake get over yourselves!

and breathe…..

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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