The Village of Chipman says it welcomes everyone. Melanie Morrissey
A straight pride flag that was raised in a small Canadian village was taken down after citizens complained about it this past Sunday.
The banner flew in The Village of Chipman in Queens County (pop. 1,200), New Brunswick, and was hoisted in response to a Pride flag raised by the city council in June according to Pink News.
Mayor Carson Atkinson defended the black and white flag with horizontal stripes saying the council, “recognises, accepts and respects the rights of individuals under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
Ironically Atkinson said the flag was meant to signify inclusivity, “Whatever your personal persuasions, political or religious views, or country of origin, we welcome you in our community and ask for your volunteer efforts to help make Chipman a more open, dynamic and attractive community for all citizens.”
But not soon after it was raised, people wanted it removed, causing the council to release a statement.
“As a result of unintentional attention to the flag, the Village of Chipman is removing the flag based on the feedback from the citizens we serve,” the council wrote. “Public response has included personal threats and attacks against members of Council and cyberbullying.”
Some Canadians took to social media to express their disapproval. Melanie Morrissey criticized the wordy "apology."
"Just say this 'We are sorry- we didn't know or understand why this was offensive and in the future- we will do better and try harder at educating our council in order to represent all of our community members better.' Done!"
Another person was embarrassed by the village's lack of sensitivity.
“I have never been more ashamed of where I come from. Congratulations Chipman, we are now the laughing stock of NB. Shame on everyone who was part of raising a ‘straight pride flag,'” wrote one person.
Supporters of straight Pride believe that since the LGBT people get to celebrate their community, they should be able to celebrate theirs. But what they don't understand is that Pride is a celebration of accomplishments, advancements in society and acceptance, something straight people throughout history didn't have to worry about.
In July of this year the conservative mayor of Dixon, California, Ted Hickman wrote in an article for Independent Voice.
He wrote: "We ARE different from them. We work, have families, (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don't flaunt our differences dressing up like faries [sic] and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all around the world," he wrote in the article.
He said he's not "anti-anything," instead people shouldn't get their "pantyhose in a knot."
Back in 2015, Seattle artist and blogger Anthony Rebello organized a "Heterosexual Parade" in which only one person showed up.