Watch: Canadian Town Shocked by 'Straight Pride' Flag

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday October 24, 2018

The residents of Chipman, a village in New Brunswick, Canada, were taken aback when a "straight pride" flag appeared in the small town's center, reported the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The black and white flag sported a motif made up of the sigils for male and female and was hoisted aloft at the request of a dozen people from the town, the CBC reported. Among them was Glenn Bishop, the flag's designer, who was described by Canadian news outlet CTV as the "man who petitioned the government" of Chipman to have the flag raised.

But the townsfolk, by and large, seem not to have felt that they were being excluded, persecuted, or marginalized to such an extent that they needed a symbol of their determination to flourish in the face of bias. Instead, media outlets reported, they rejected the flag. The town quickly took it down, sparking protests from Bishop.

"Why should I not be allowed to fly my flag?" Bishop demanded in comments to CTV. "This is discrimination against straight people."

But denizens of the village had comments of their own to share with Bishop. One woman pointed out the obvious to him, saying straight people have "always been accepted. They [LGBTQs] are not accepted everywhere. That's the point."

Bishop said that he had not intended to insult the LGBTQ community with the flag, and the town's leadership echoed those claims.

Mayor Carson Atkinson said that the flag's being flown was "never to polarize, but to pull people together," reported Canadian news outlet Global News. The village's council went so far as to author a letter in which they noted, "The straight flag is being seen as a flag of privilege and anti-minorities which our community and our council does not support."

Calling the flap a "distraction," the council added that it was "a lesson for us and for other rural communities." The letter was posted at the village's Facebook page.

Glenn insists there was "no animosity" behind the flag, but he isn't satisfied to let the matter rest.

"I'm very hurt that my flag was taken down," he declared.

Reports say that Glenn is contemplating taking legal action. "We're not done. We're going to regroup and see what's next," the retired welder stated, according to an article published by the National Post.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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