The organizers behind Boston’s Straight Pride Parade should concern you – ThinkProgress

The organizers behind Boston’s Straight Pride Parade should concern you – ThinkProgress

The three men organizing the parade, planned for August 31, are John Hugo, Mark Sahady, and Chris Bartley, who is called the “gay ambassador” on the event website. Sahady has ties to groups like the Proud Boys, the New Hampshire American Guard, and the Massachusetts Patriot Front.

Hugo unsuccessfully ran for the Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District in 2018 with support and endorsement from Resist Marxism, a group that is considered to be “alt-lite” and holds anti-Semitic, misogynist, and anti-LGBTQ views.

Ahead of a Central Maine Pride Festival event in Waterville, Maine, last month the group posted on Facebook “Attention Patriots in Maine” to alert people that a drag queen planned to come in and read children’s books. Referring to Medicaid covering transition-related surgeries, the group asked, “Are we living in clown world?” The phrase “clown world” is popular in far-right spaces, according to Right Wing Watch.

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