Chris Evans Slams "Homophobic" Men Planning Straight Pride Parade

The actor took to Twitter to speak his mind.

By Elyse Dupre Jun 05, 2019 5:26 PMTags
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After news broke that a group in Boston is trying to host a "Straight Pride" Parade, Chris Evans took to Twitter to slam the event and its organizers. 

"Wow! Cool initiative, fellas!! Just a thought, instead of 'Straight Pride' parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children' parade?" he tweeted in response to a Wall Street Journal article about the news. "Whatta ya think? Too on the nose??"

The Captain America star, who grew up in Boston and has a brother who is gay, also shared a post by James Fell, who explained why the "Straight Pride" parade cannot be compared to Pride Parades celebrating the LGBTQ community.

"Wow, the number gay/straight pride parade false equivalencies are disappointing," the 37-year-old actor tweeted. "For those who don't understand the difference, see below. Instead of going immediately to anger (which is actually just fear of what you don't understand) take a moment to search for empathy and growth."

After Evans tweeted the message, several of his fans applauded the Avengers: Endgame star for speaking out.

"Chris, I love you," wrote one follower.

"Chris Evans for president," tweeted another.

However, his tweets shouldn't come as a surprise. Evans has spoken out against anti-LGBTQ legislation before. He's also opened up about how his sisters and brother have influenced his focus on compassion.

"We're obviously in tricky times right now. But up until this election, I've never felt any sort of backlash or friction as a result of the stance I've taken in my career in support of [my brother] or any other human rights… Hopefully it stays that way going forward," he told The Fix in 2016, per Gay Times. "It's important to understand, whether it's growing up with women, whether it's growing up with other ethnic groups […] It's important to experience anything different from what you know. To encourage and cultivate compassion and understanding."

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