Idaho Bar Declares ‘Heterosexual Awesomeness Month’ During Pride Month

The Old State Saloon in Idaho will provide free beer to heterosexual males on “Hetero Male Mondays”.

New Holiday Creates Controversy

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As LGTBQ+ people and allies kick off Pride Month this June, a bar in Idaho has created their own holiday in response. 

History of Pride Month

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First celebrated as the 1 year commemoration of the Stonewall riots in New York City, Pride month supports the LGBTQ+ community with parades, marches, protests, and more. 

Going Viral

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Just outside of Boise, the Old State Saloon released a Facebook post that quickly went viral. 

Hetero Male Mondays

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They announced, “Each Monday will be Hetero Male Monday and any heterosexual male dressed like a heterosexual male will receive a free draft beer”. 

Offers for Heterosexual Couples

Image Credit: Pexels / Luiz Woellner FotografiaContinuing, “Each Wednesday is Heterosexual couples day and each heterosexual couple will receive 15% off their bill”. 

The Owner’s Motivation

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The owner of the bar, Mark Fitzpatrick has not been quiet about his motive for creating his own “holiday”. He has said he knew “all this stuff was coming” and wanted to fight back.  

“I Can’t” Celebrate Pride

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Fitzpatrick recently told KTVB, “But with my beliefs, I love people, but as far as being a biblical Christian, to celebrate it, I can’t do that,”

Further Opposition

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Believing that the LGBTQ+ movement has been “getting so extreme” and that “the imagery that you see all month with parades and getting to the point of nakedness and things with people walking down the street, I can’t get behind that”. 

Biblical “Justification”

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Fitzpatrick continued, “I’m always going to side with what God says. If the Bible says that it’s a sin to act out in homosexuality, then I’m going to agree with what the Bible says. That doesn’t mean I don’t love homosexuals, and that doesn’t mean I don’t love people. 

With “Love” But Not Support

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Saying, “But just because you love somebody, doesn’t mean you’re going to jump behind them and support them in every single decision they make in life. It’s not a requirement”. 

Fitzpatrick’s Claims

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Fitzpatrick continues to double down, saying that his “Heterosexual Awesomeness Month” is based on love, not hate. 

Both Support and Controversy 

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While many of the LGBTQ+ community would disagree with his statement on love, the Old State Saloon has gained support from all over the nation. 

Good for Business

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In response to their announcement, they sold out of food on Thursday. 

“Beers for Breeders”

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Taking it one step further, the Old State Saloon created merchandise to sell online, offering shirts that say “Beers for Breeders” and another that has the traditional gender symbols and a black and white American flag. 

Hateful Rhetoric

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After receiving backlash from the LGBTQ+ community, Fitzpatrick posted a picture of a small child throwing up a rainbow stating, “protect the children”. 

Fueling Unfounded Panic

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This is a loaded statement that has fueled panic that the LGBTQ+ community is a danger to children, which has been used against them, unfounded, for decades. 

No Regrets

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Fitzpatrick said that while he has received some criticism online, he does not regret his statements or his new bar deals. 

Engaging in Conversation

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“I’m a business owner; I want people to come in here, but I also truly love it when people come in here and engage in conversation with each other, learn something about each other”. 

Same, Same but Different

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He continued, “And they get to talk like this to each other, and at the end of it, they realize we’re probably not as far apart as we think we are”. 

Increased Hostility

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The LGBTQ+ community has received intensified hostility this year, especially before the upcoming presidential election. While he is encouraging conversation, the LGBTQ+ community would likely not enter an establishment where they would feel so unsafe.

Intent vs. Impact

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While Fitzpatrick has refused to comment on the dangers that the community faces from extremists, his “heterosexual awesomeness month” says enough. 

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