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The Straight Pride Parade in Boston attracts counter-protests



The so-called "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston on Saturday drew as many protesters as marches in addition to its heavy police presence.

The parade, which drew dozens of attendees, kicked off around noon on the sound of "God bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood with some floats showing messages of support for President Donald Trump, with signs like "build the Wall, "Trump Nation," and "Blue Living Matter." [19659002] It was organized by a group called Super Happy Fun America, which says they are "committed to creating spaces for people of all identities to embrace the vibrancy of the immediate community."

Since plans for the event were announced in early June, some critics have said the organizers of the parade are white supremacists intended to lure members of the LGBT community in one of America's most liberal cities.

The planned parade route through downtown Boston has alerted Emerson College Pre Seger Lee Pelton, who earlier this week sent a message to the university to students, calling the event "perversion" and "defilement of beauty, truth and generosity."

Counter-protesters on Saturday were spotted holding signs along the parade route, separated by barriers.

Boston police say it increases security downtown.


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