The main argument you hear from people who oppose Gay Pride events is, “Well, then why don’t we have a hetero pride parade, huh? If other people have a right to be proud of the way they have sex, so should we, don’t you think?” A variation on this is, “What is there to be so proud about the way you fuck? I like doing it sitting in an armchair. Should I throw a parade to celebrate that?” And now, a city council in a fiercely homophobic Brazil has established a Heterosexual Pride Day.
The problem with this argument is that* it involves a (willful?) misunderstanding of how the term “pride” is being used in the context of gay rights movement. It isn’t about being proud in the sense of “I’m so better than you are, nyah, nyah, nyah!” It’s being proud in the sense of not being ashamed. Of accepting who you are and not hiding it from the world. It’s about pride as an absence of shame and self-hatred.
Of course, if you have spent years being ashamed of your heterosexuality (or preferring sex in an arm-chair) and have hated yourself for being the way you are and have been discriminated against for it, then go ahead, have a Hetero Pride Day or an armchair-fucking day.
*I’m not gay and I explain this the way I understand it. My queer readers should feel free to state their own perspectives.