#HeterosexualPrideDay Is Trending on Twitter — And People Are Livid

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Good morning, everyone. #HeterosexualPrideDay is trending worldwide! 

Yup. Right on the heels of LGBTQ pride celebrations around the world, the morning's most popular hashtag celebrated the courage and perseverance of the straight community.

But that party was quickly overtaken by counter forces who came bearing rainbows, RuPaul's Drag Race GIFs and a furious, wine-guzzling Olivia Pope. 

Indeed, ever since gay people started marching for pride in 1970, supporters of such straight movements have been asking the question, "Why don't straight people get to have a pride parade?" Again. And again. And again.

And again:

So LGBTQ folks were forced to explain once more that pride largely exists out of the need for minority communities to live without oppression. 

And make no mistake: The LGBTQ communities are still very much oppressed. As of 2015, there are at least 76 countries where being homosexual is outright illegal — in 10 of those, being gay is punishable by death. At home, spikes in anti-LGBTQ and anti-transgender legislation have sparked a wave of controversial bills being voted into law, like North Carolina's "bathroom bill" that was slapped with a lawsuit from the Department of Justice.

Though it appeared the hashtag was likely brought on (or at least perpetuated) by trolls and Heterosexual Pride Day is not, in fact, a legitimate holiday, the conversation made room for some straight Twitter users to feel vindicated in their criticism of LGBTQ Pride Month.

What a time to be alive. 

Read more: 
• In the Wake of Orlando Shooting, NYC's 2016 Pride Will Go On — But With New Vigilance
• Queer YouTube Personalities Explain Why They "Love Being Gay" for Pride Month
 Istanbul LGBT Pride: Police Respond to Banned Trans Pride Event With Force

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