Straight white men plan on whipping out their dicks, thumping their chests, and asserting their heterosexuality this September in Ohio. Or at least that’s what flyers posted in a local park seem to imply.
According to the flyers, which began circulating earlier this week, the festival will take place in Goodale Park in Columbus on September 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Beer will be available, but illegal drugs are forbidden.
Goodale Park is the same park where Ohio’s Gay Pride festivities are held each year.
It’s unclear whether the flyers are someone’s poor attempt at a joke or not, but the situation has many locals scratching their heads. One woman tweeted:
— Lauren Bagley (@TheREDison) July 18, 2014
Others find the flyers offensive.
“This kind of thing implies there’s some kind of struggle going on for being a straight white person in Ohio. Straight white people are doing just fine,” same-sex marriage advocate Michael Premo told 10TV. “I think it detracts from the real problems of Ohio that need to be solved, that are being denied their constitutional rights because of who they are, or who the love.”
Some, however, don’t take any issue with it. Local resident Cheralyn Elkins told 10TV, “I think it’s funny. If they want to do this, great, freedom of expression.”
Ohio, of course, has quite a bit of work to do when it comes to granting full equality to gay people. Same-sex marriage is still illegal and domestic partnerships are only offered in a small handful of cities and counties. The state’s current hate crime laws address violence based on race, color, religion or national origin, but not on sexual orientation or gender identity. The state will not alter a sex on birth certificates for trans people, nor does it allow second-parent adoptions for same-sex couples.
No official permit requests have been filed with the city, which implies the whole thing is a hoax. But you never know. As Lauren Bagley said in her tweet, weirder things have happened.