I was introduced to John Hugo during an interview at a local radio station. He was running for United States Congress at the time and invited me to attend meetings of a Republican organization in which he was a member. We discussed how the City of Boston rejected Camp Constitution’s application to raise the Christian flag. This was despite the City approving communist flags on its flag poles. We reasoned that since the LGBTQ flag was permitted at city hall, the 1st Amendment and anti-discrimination laws required that the City must approve a straight pride flag.
Samson Racioppi, another free speech activist, John, and I decided to work together on defending free speech and other causes that conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans could all support. We formed Super Happy Fun America and submitted our application to fly the straight pride flag. When the City rejected our application, we filed a discrimination complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and then applied for a parade.
When a New York Times editor discovered our application and reported on it, our cause went viral. It was reported on by media around the world and discussed on news stations, the late shows, and daytime talk shows. It wasn’t long before leftist media outlets slandered us and fabricated lies about us. We were then attacked by the mainstream media, Democrat politicians, global corporations, pundits, and even educators. One of our goals was to demonstrate how free speech was under attack and our methods were revealed to be very effective.
Despite all of the opposition and relentless attacks by the far left, we actually held the Boston Straight Pride Parade on August 31st with hundreds of people attending. While we peacefully walked down the street, held a rally, and displayed patriotic fervor, far-left activists attempted to block streets and fought with the police. After the parade we received hundreds of messages from conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans around the country thanking us for standing up for free speech, traditional values, and American patriotism.