One might think the notion of a "Straight Pride" group would be at best silly, but, as with all things associated with the extremism of the religious right, Straight Pride has a more shadowy history.
In most reports about the group the focus first turns toward a 2002 United States District Court ruling that found that a Woodbury (MN) High School student, Elliot Chambers, had experienced a free speech infringement at the hands of his school principal when he had been told not to wear a StraightPride.com black hooded sweat shirt with the words "Straight Pride - straightpride.com" printed in white lettering across its front while he was in school. Chambers' litigation was underwritten by the radical, religious right anti-gay organization AFA (American Family Association). In an entry on its website, the AFA also provides a link to the source of Chambers' sweat shirt, StraightPride.com.
In the years following the court's ruling there have been a number of college campus groups set up modeled after Chambers' own original campaign as a Christian who opposed tolerance of gays and lesbians under the guise of defending the group they argue is most under fire today - heterosexuals. Never mind that in two thirds of United States when can legally be fired for being lesbian or gay. Forget that gay families are under legal fire by groups like Blier's. Nope, it's heterosexuals who've got it bad. Sorta like white people.
I know, I know, that sounds ridiculous but here's the thing. Craig Storm, the founder of StraightPride.com is also concerned about the plight of white Americans. In fact he's so concerned that he joined the discussion forum at Stormfront.org. Although since it was discovered that he was a regular poster at Stormfront and had received praise there from the racist, neo-Nazi hate-monger, David Duke, for his work at StraightPride.com, Storm has had his anti-gay, racist and handgun obsessed posts deleted from the hate-site. Here's a copy of his membership profile that was posted last year at another website that monitors the activities of religious hate groups.
StraightPride.com made the blogosphere's bigtime when this post appeared last year at Jesus' General website. Five days later StraightPride.com's new Director of Public Relations, Adam Key, resigned from the organization after he too had confirmed Craig Storm's neo-Nazi connections. Since then the StraightPride.com website has gone silent, although it appears that T-shirts and such are still available for purchase there. Naturally, Blier's group offers Straight Pride handouts in its publications section.
Center for American Cultural Renewal/Vermont Renewal. StraightPride.com. American Family Association. Stormfront.org.
Birds of a feather...
UPDATE (4/18): Welcome Gay Youth UK readers!
What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."