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Marchers, protesters gather for Boston 'Straight Pride' march

Marchers, protesters gather for Boston 'Straight Pride' march”

"We're here to show up in the face of hate with love and joy", one protester told CBS Boston.

Critics accused the parade's organizers of being white supremacists intentionally seeking to provoke conflict in the famously liberal city.

The parade itself, which kicked off to the sound of Lee Greenwood's anthem "God Bless the United States of America", only drew about 150 to 200 attendees, Mass Live reports.

As was the case at last weekend's failed straight pride rally in Modesto, the LGBTQ community and its allies far outnumbered straight pride attendees.

Police in Boston were gearing up for possible clashes Saturday between "Straight Pride Parade" demonstrators supportive of President Donald Trump and counter-protesters who accuse them of being homophobic and extremist.

But a large number of counterprotesters showed up to taunt the marchers and chant, "Alt right, get off our streets, no justice, no peace".

Floats and signs expressed pro-military and pro-Trump sentiments, such as "Support our troops" and "Build the wall and crime will fall".

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"My fellow homosexuals have been embarrassing me for decades", he told AFP. "I don't think they're anti-gay, I think they're anti-cunt".

About 150-200 participants marched in the parade, while hundreds of counter-protesters lined the streets on the other side of police barricades.

A trans woman was even pictured walking with a Trump sign that she decorated with the trans flag.

Boston police placed uniformed officers and undercover officers in the area.

There have been multiple reports of counterprotestor arrests, with pepper spray and batons being used.

Hugo wrote Saturday afternoon on Facebook that the social media platform had taken down Super Happy Fun America's event page and its livestream of the parade.

The marshal of the "Straight Pride" rally was Milo Yiannopoulos, a prominent and provocative gay member of the far-right movement.



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