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Arrests of Straight Pride Parade counter protesters in Boston turns into courtroom battle

Arrests of Straight Pride Parade counter protesters in Boston turns into courtroom battleThe Boston DA's decision to drop charges against left-wing protesters arrested at a Straight Pride Parade has turned into a courtroom fight.



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Far-Right Groups Embrace ‘Straight Pride Parades’ to Win Recruits, Media Attention

Far-Right Groups Embrace ‘Straight Pride Parades’ to Win Recruits, Media AttentionAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/ReutersFar-right groups looking to put a friendlier face on their politics are increasingly organizing so-called “Straight Pride Parades” in an attempt to both garner media attention and new recruits. The “Straight Pride” trend kicked off in Boston last month, when a group calling itself Super Happy Fun America announced plans for a Straight Pride Parade at the end of August. News reports and Twitter chatter focused on the novelty and strangeness of a parade celebrating “straight pride,” imagining a group of particularly aggrieved heterosexual men in cargo shorts. Much of that coverage missed the fact that Super Happy Fun America’s goals aren’t so innocent—its lead organizer has been involved in far-right group Resist Marxism, and praised a Chilean dictator for executing liberals. Rather than representing any sort of “straight pride,” the Boston Straight Pride parade turned out to be just another attempt at right-wing trolling. Now another set of far-right activists thousands of miles away are trying the same tactic. An explicitly anti-gay group calling itself the “National Straight Pride Coalition” announced plans this week for a Straight Pride Parade in Modesto, CA on August 24 to defend “Western Civilization.” While the Boston Straight Pride Parade at least pretended  not to be an attack on gay rights, with openly gay anti-Muslim activist Milo Yiannopoulos as its grand marshal, the Modesto event is clearly a vehicle for racial and homophobic hate. On its website, the group describes homosexuality as “evil,” and adds that it was created in part to defend “whiteness.”  Still, participants in the Modesto parade were quick to paint criticism of the event as an attack on straight people. The event permit request describes it as merely a “cultural celebration event.” “The moment you have a straight pride parade, everyone goes crazy,” said Ryan Schambers, who describes himself as a member of the National Straight Pride Coalition. Mark Ricci, the head of Modesto Progressive Democrats, said the Straight Pride Parade is just a cover for organizers’ extremist politics.“It’s like a front for what their real intentions are,” said Ricci, whose group plans to participate in a counterprotest to the Modesto event. The Modesto Straight Pride event hasn’t received a permit yet. Thomas Reeves, a spokesman for the city of Modesto, said the permitting process should be settled by the end of the week. “The city of Modesto cannot deny a permit based on an organization’s values, the content of speeches, or the views of speakers,” Reeves said in a statement. “The approval of the permit would not be an endorsement or sponsorship of any particular message by the city, but a recognition of the free speech rights enshrined in the First Amendment.” The National Straight Pride Coalition is the creation of Don J. Grundmann, a longtime anti-gay activist and perennial failed Senate candidate in California. Grundmann said presenting his event as a “Straight Pride Parade” has earned it more attention that it would have received if he had billed it as another right-wing rally.“It can be publicity, naturally,” Grundmann said. “Straight pride—it shouldn’t be a term which is controversial.” Super Happy Fun America did not respond to a request for comment on the Modesto event.  But Grundmann said his group doesn’t have anything to do with the Boston Straight Pride march, and criticized their comparative openness to gay rights, which he described as “completely opposite from what we would do.” Grundmann then proceeded to go on an anti-Semitic rant about a secretive, wealthy cabal controlling world events, down to the counterprotest to his own event. Asked if he was attacking Jewish people, Grundmann said, “you can figure it out.”The Straight Pride Parade in Modesto has already attracted support from at least one local Republican official. Schambers is listed as a member of the local Stanislaus County GOP’s central committee leadership on its website, although he insists he’s no longer a county Republican official. The Stanislaus County GOP didn’t respond to a request for comment.Schambers’ involvement in the parade was first noted by a left-wing “digital community center” called It’s Going Down. In an interview with The Daily Beast, he vaguely criticized the anti-gay language on the National Straight Pride Coalition, but then said he’s participating in the event in part because he thinks it’d “probably be better” if gay people were instead straight.  Ricci  said Modestans aren’t fooled by Grundmann posing as a support of “straight rights” and pointed out that Grundmann is a resident of the Bay Area—nearly 100 miles away from the planned site of the Straight Pride Parade. “We’re just deeply disappointed that there are people out there who continue to use this thinly veiled hate speech under the guise of equality,” Ricci said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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AOC suggests cocktail recipes to sip while sorting different political issues: 'Hard Brexit – a straight shot of bathtub gin'

AOC suggests cocktail recipes to sip while sorting different political issues: 'Hard Brexit - a straight shot of bathtub gin'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York congresswoman and former bartender, has suggested a series of special cocktail recipes for those working for change. The recipes, which include one named Hard Brexit – “a straight shot of bathtub gin, with no imported botanicals” – followed an online suggestion by journalist Anand Giridharadas, who recently said the 29-year-old congresswoman had in a month “changed America’s discourse about billionaires and the common good”. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, responded in style with six ideas, described as “cocktails for the revolution”.



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Hurricane Florence Is Headed Straight for North Carolina's Nuclear Reactors

Hurricane Florence Is Headed Straight for North Carolina's Nuclear ReactorsCompany officials say they’re ready for the storm



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Gay Couple Told To Leave Alaska Airlines Flight So Straight Couple Could Sit Together

Gay Couple Told To Leave Alaska Airlines Flight So Straight Couple Could Sit TogetherA gay man has accused Alaska Airlines of giving a straight couple



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Antwon Rose Protests Continue In Pittsburgh For Third Straight Night

Antwon Rose Protests Continue In Pittsburgh For Third Straight NightFor the third day in a row, hundreds of protesters continue to call for



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Trump: Rudy Giuliani will ‘get his facts straight’

Trump: Rudy Giuliani will ‘get his facts straight’Following Giuliani's claim that Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $ 130,000 Stormy payment, Trump said, “Rudy knows it’s a witch hunt. He started yesterday. He’ll get the facts straight.”



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Man Survives Shark Attack: 'He Bee-Lined Straight at Me'

Man Survives Shark Attack: 'He Bee-Lined Straight at Me'It was the second shark attack that day.



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Passengers Recall 'Flight From Hell' After 3-Year-Old Screamed for 8 Hours Straight

Passengers Recall 'Flight From Hell' After 3-Year-Old Screamed for 8 Hours StraightThe incident happened in August but has recently come to light.



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Martha Stewart: I 'Don't Differentiate' Between Gay And Straight Weddings

Martha Stewart: I 'Don't Differentiate' Between Gay And Straight WeddingsIf the experience of attending “a lot” of same-sex weddings has taught Martha Stewart anything, it’s that they’re a lot more similar to their opposite-sex counterparts than some may believe.



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