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Boston has issued a permit for a ‘Straight Pride’ parade in August

9/28/2018: An Elvis impersonator pops a wheelie during the Texas State Fair parade.
9/28/2018: An Elvis impersonator pops a wheelie during the Texas State Fair parade. Photo: Shutterstock

If there are Straight Pride t-shirts (thank you, Amazon), can a Straight Pride parade be far behind? The answer, of course, is no. Mark Sahady has strong-armed the city of Boston into giving him a permit for a Straight Pride parade in August.

So who is Mark Sahady. Oh, just your average Trump-loving, commie-hating extremist who wants to throw America’s enemies from a helicopter.

Sahady is a force behind the Boston chapter of a small far-right group called Resist Marxism. While Resist Marxism would like to have you think it’s all about protecting America from leftists, it traffics in anti-Semitism and white supremacism. 

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In 2017 Sahady organized a “free speech” rally that featured Kyle Chapman as a speaker. Chapman, who is a hero to the far right for once bashing an anti-Trump protester over the head with a wooden post, wore an t-shirt reading “It’s ok to be white.”

As the Boston chapter of Democratic Socialists outlined, Sahady likes to get his picture taken with a tattooed neo-Nazi. He also likes to travel around the country to participate in far-right protest marches while wearing black gear and a helmet.

Sahady’s stunt is another reminder of the strong connection between the far right, white supremacy and anti-LGTBQ hatred. The Straight Pride movement is inextricably linked to the White Pride movement. The only saving grace: you just know those floats are going to be pathetic.

Note: A previous version of this article erroneously referred to Sahady as “Matt.” His name is “Mark.” We regret the error.

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