If there wasn't enough nonsense going on, it looks like Straight Pride is gearing up to make it's return. You know, the celebration of cis-het white men whose organizers once called themselves a "totally peaceful racist group." Yep, that one.
Last year, while speaking at a raucous public hearing of the Modesto city council Don Grundmann, founder of the National Straight Pride Coalition, can be seen on a video from CNN describing the group as such.
“We’re a totally peaceful racist group,” Grunndmann said from the session's podium before turning to face the audience audibly reacting to his outrageous claim. It is worth noting that Grundmann has previously compared homosexuality to “child molestation.”
Despite the public opposition, Modesto's Straight Pride went on to get its permit. The resulting event was a colossal failure, getting kicked out of its venue before congregating outside of a Planned Parenthood. There the event's attendees, which numbered only about 20, were outnumbered by a couple hundred protestors. But apparently, that was just the sort of embarrassment they needed to do it again!
The 2020 event is slated for August 29 in front of that same Planned Parenthood — which is in a traditionally Black neighborhood. The NSPC website stated last year’s site was chosen because Planned Parenthood is the “fountainhead of both institutional racism and mass racial murder” and also to counter its extreme “anti-Christian and pro-Satanism religious” beliefs which it says are a “major driving force behind the attack of the LGBT War Machine upon our nation, most especially of children” — not because they got kicked out of the Durrer Barn at the last minute. The NSPC calls Planned Parenthood the “the greatest mass killer of blacks in the history of our nation.”
In a decided departure from those initial "peaceful racist group" origins, the group now claims they "pledge to defend ALL races and colors, the NSPC will continue to stand in defense of the Black community both in Modesto and across the nation."
MoPride Inc., an organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community in Modesto, has planned a counter protest.
“We decided that we needed to stand up and fight back against this hate in our own community, because we can’t just ignore it," Zola Hayes, Pride director for the nonprofit told ABC. "We can’t just not give them a microphone. We have to stand up and push this hate out of our community.