Organizers of the so-called “Straight Pride Parade” called police after receiving “suspicious packages” that turned out to be filled with glitter.
The organizers of the event, who call themselves Super Happy Fun America, published a dramatic blog post Tuesday claiming that the glitter packages were “the action of domestic terrorists.”
“Fortunately, we have been informed by the authorities that the packages contained no explosive devices or dangerous substances. We are told they found glitter and vague ominous letters,” the blog post reads. “The intended message, however, is completely clear.”
A spokesperson for the FBI told CNN that it does not believe the packages pose a threat to the public and that an investigation into the origin of the envelopes is ongoing.
The group claimed that “these latest threats against Super Happy Fun America are obviously being made in response to our planned Straight Pride Parade to be held in Boston on August 31st.”
The three male organizers of the event, who claim that that “straight people are an oppressed majority,” were granted a parade permit request from the city of Boston last week.
The application was filed by John Hugo, president of Super Happy Fun America, whose slogan is, “it’s great to be straight.” The group argues that straight people “are an oppressed majority” and should be “included as equals among all of the other orientations.” They claim the event aims to celebrate “the diverse history, culture and contributions of the straight community.”
According to the Independent, the event’s organizers are heavily linked with far-right movements and nationalist protests.
According to HuffPost:
Hugo and the group’s vice president, Mark Sahady, are both associated with Resist Marxism, which the Independent calls a far-right group with links to white supremacist organizations. Hugo also unsuccessfully ran for Congress last year and was endorsed by the group.
Sahady also allegedly organized a right-wing Free Speech Rally and Rally for the Republic in Boston, the news organization reported. The rallies occurred after the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was killed.
Super Happy Fun America also announced that the parade’s “grand marshal” will be former Breitbart editor and far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.