Super Happy Fun America reached out to companies to ask them to sponsor the Boston Straight Pride Parade. Our offer was based upon their reputations as being progressive and their known support of parades for other orientations. However, rather than show their support for equality and inclusivity, we received hateful and heterophobic emails, threats against our 1st amendment rights, and attempts to take down our website. Other companies featured here cancelled our accounts.
The responses from global corporations effectively demonstrate the serious need for our civil rights movement is needed now more than ever! We will not be intimidated by their threats against our happiness and fun. Straights are a legitimate sexual orientation and we demand the same rights as everyone else. The Straight Pride parade is enormously popular and we call on all freedom loving patriots to join us on August 31st . The door is always open for sponsorships from companies who recognize the value of our civil-rights movement, and we encourage others to get involved.
We have summarized and included the emails below.
Super Happy Fun America received a letter from Lyft labelled “Cease and Desist” with a demand to “immediately remove the Lyft name, logo, and branding from your regrettable website”. It appears that Lyft is yet another heterophobic global corporation. We believe that there is nothing “regrettable” about advocating for equal rights for straights as we celebrate our community’s diverse history, culture, and identity.
It is ironic that in their letter to SHFA, Lyft claims to have “strongly held values of equality, inclusivity, and acceptance.” If they really believed in those values, then they would embrace equality by supporting all sexual orientations. They would embrace inclusivity by adding an ‘S’ for straight to ‘LGBTQ’ and they would accept straights as equals.
TripAdvisor is a sponsor of a parade in Boston for other sexual orientations but apparently they don’t think straights deserve a parade as well. Not only that, but they decided to emphasize the point by riddling the letter with homages to the other orientations.
TripAdvisor was so proud of what they had done that they immediately ran to the media to tell them about it. TripAdvisor spokesman Brian Hoyt said the company’s lawyers spent “all night” crafting the reference-laden response. Come on. Not even we believe it took them all night to draft that. They also said we owe the “LGBTQ+” community an apology for daring to have our own parade. We assume that the business of the straight community is no longer welcome at TripAdvisor.
PS – Their logo and name still appears on this site (see image) because we won’t be intimidated by their hate. We have a legal right to use it for informational purposes.
Sadly, we have learned that Netflix is a heterophobic company steeped in hatred and bigotry. They not only rejected our offer but threatened us with litigation if we did not stop using their name and logo, which is perfectly legal for editorial or informational purposes.
Netflix labelled us bullies and declared that their legal department “is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear.” Obviously, Netflix has no qualms about using their position of power to threaten marginalized groups who are exercising their 1st amendment rights. It appears that their legal department is staffed by gay supremacists who are so accustomed to privilege that our goal of equality for straights feels like oppression to them. In fact, it is Netflix that is acting like a bully.
After Netflix’s heterophobic response we were inundated with messages from people who were cancelling their subscriptions. Subsequently Netflix’s stock tanked. Don’t mess with the Straight!
ben & jerry's
Ben & Jerry’s is well known for being supportive of some sexual orientations. But when it comes to straights they won’t even consider it. “Please be advised, if you were to ask Ben & Jerry’s Foundation for a sponsorship, we would decline”.
JP MOrgan Chase and bluehost
We noticed on July 10th that our outgoing email was not getting sent to the recipients. We opened a case with Bluehost technical support. They claimed that the problem was due to our email server having been placed on 2 blacklists. However, we could find no evidence to support this claim and are left wondering exactly what caused the problem. Further, due to our website problems, we are unable to receive email at this time.
Rather than contacting SHFA to let us know they weren’t interested in sponsoring the parade, JP Morgan Chase moved to take down our website. They sent Bluehost a message claiming we had infringed on their trademark. Although we can use a trademark for informational purposes, then informed us that we could not even mention JP Morgan and a few hours later, before we could respond, suspended our website.This is a clear infringement upon our freedom of speech.
Gillette, tumblr, Yelp, bank of america, grubhub
All of these companies threatened us with litigation simply for using their trademarks legally for informational purposes.
Patreon suspended our account because Milo is our grand marshal. While Milo is not a Proud Boy, he is “affiliated” with them, and since we are “affiliated” with Milo, they claim this is a violation of their community standards. However, fundraisers by Antifa (short for Antifun) are just fine with them.