Matthew Mason of Turlock, California is one of many people protesting the upcoming straight pride parade in his hometown. The event is especially significant to him, however, since it’s being organized by his adoptive mother, Mylinda Mason.
Mason described the situation to FOX40 News:
“This is the woman who raised me actively working against my rights as a human being, who I am as a person.”
Matthew Mason the gay son of Mylinda Mason, one of the organizers of the #StraightPride, is asking the @cityofmodesto to reject a permit for a parade submitted by National Straight Pride Coalition. Share to urge Modesto to reject this white supremacist event. #EndWhiteSupremacy pic.twitter.com/hkJSsGUdXq
— Infinity (@aditinadkarni) August 6, 2019
He went on to say:
“This isn’t ‘straight pride.’ This is hate pride.”
The event, which is planned to take place in Graceada Park, claims that “current and future generations [are]…being destroyed by the inherent malevolence of the Homosexual Movement.”
— Anita (@Anitaaax0x) July 26, 2019
Mylinda gave FOX40 a pretty insane read on history:
“It is, again, White Caucasians who did come to this country to start liberty and gave us the greatest Constitution in the world. It really is just celebrating our beautiful country.”
People who think we need "straight pride parades"/ "white history month"are like people who look at parking spaces 4 the disabled& say"Why don't I get smth like that?"They don't care that they get the whole parking lot, they're just mad there are 4 spaces that aren't just 4 them!
— Willie Allen (@WonderWilliee) August 6, 2019
Matthew, who is openly gay and understandably estranged from his mother, is urging city officials to reject the National Straight Pride Coalition’s request for a permit because he worries the event could incite violence:
“Dog whistling to White supremacy, that is immediately inciting violence. I am afraid of violence happening. I don’t want anyone in my community to be hurt.”
it's straight pride week you guys pic.twitter.com/nq6DdqojcS
— Xylophonic (@Xyl0phonic) August 2, 2019
ngl straight pride parade's looking kinda lit https://t.co/hyqK96ZisV
— king valkyrie's queen (@SADHEXGIRL) August 3, 2019
Mylinda, however, doesn’t seem to see a problem in the event, which promotes the “God ordained natural nuclear family.”
She event said that members of the LGBTQ community would be welcome at the gathering (if they’re ok with being told their lives are sinful).
“They’re looking to amp it up into something that it’s not. It’s really going to be much more like on the purview of a church service really. It really is just celebrating our beautiful country.”
why do straights want a straight pride when there’s a county fair every august
— little onion joe (@EMlWEE) August 2, 2019
Isn’t a straight pride parade just traffic?
— Sad lover girl (@Perlina_Pearls) August 1, 2019
On Wednesday, August 7, Matthew will speak to the Turlock City Council hoping the group will deny the straight pride parade a permit. Mylinda is a member of the City Council, however, which promises to add a complication to the conflict.
Meanwhile, Thomas Reeves, the community and media relations officer for Modesto, said the decision of whether or not the straight pride event is granted a permit will be based entirely on “operational feasibility” regardless of any government official’s “endorsement of beliefs.”
So I hear Modesto might have the very first straight pride parade.. I’m so disgusted by my own city. We gotta do better. Just isn’t right.
— Antonio Gonzales (@smv_antboogy) July 29, 2019
The Turlock event is the latest in a string of “straight pride” events organized by straight people who feel left out of the famous LGBTQ-centered event in June.
Just in case you need reminding why Pride is still vitally important and why #LGBTQ+ education can’t come soon enough, these incidents all happened this week. This is exactly why no one needs straight Pride. pic.twitter.com/M31oLqcWNs
— Tom Knight (@TJ_Knight) July 28, 2019
Behind every homophobe is an angry gay relative, just waiting to call them out. https://t.co/57fIjfYeU2
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) August 4, 2019
Given the recent domestic terrorist attack by a White nationalist in El Paso, Texas that killed over 20 people, a White supremacist festival is even more frightening for the people of Modesto, California.