Multiple members of the group behind Boston’s first “Straight Pride Parade” received mysterious envelopes in the mail Monday, prompting the hazmat unit to shut down a street and the FBI and state police to launch an investigation. When the envelopes were finally opened, authorities found a “sand-like substance” that turned out to be glitter, along with a handwritten letter.
According to CNN, at least three of the members of Super Fun Happy America, the group which successfully petitioned the reluctant city council to approve a parade to celebrate “Straight Pride” on August 31, received envelopes without return addresses.
One of the organizers, Samson Racioppi, told CNN that he called police after finding the envelope in his mailbox at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. He quickly contacted authorities and other organizers to warn them to check their mail. At least two others, including the group’s president Mark Sahady, likewise received the suspicious envelopes.
“Sahady told CNN that he called police after receiving an envelope that appeared to be filled with a sand-like substance,” CNN reports. “Sahady said he was later told by an officer that the envelope contained glitter and a handwritten letter.”
A spokesperson for the FBI told CNN that they do not believe the envelopes pose any threat to public safety, but officials would not provide many details, including who exactly received the envelopes or the content of the handwritten letter inside.
Sahady said he had no doubt the envelopes were intended to send a message about their parade. “It got a lot of news coverage, so it obviously had to do with the parade,” he told CNN.
After initially being rejected by the city, Super Fun Happy America filed a complaint alleging discrimination and the city relented. As The Daily Wire reported, the city officially approved last week the date of August 31 for the parade, which the organizers describe as an event that is supposed to “celebrate heterosexuality” and raise awareness of the ways in which “straight people are an oppressed majority.” Among its slogans is “Straight Rights Are Human Rights!”
“Super Happy Fun America advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to build respect, inclusivity, equality, diversity, unity, solidarity, dignity, social mobility, empowerment, sustainability, justice, awareness, intersectionality, human rights, education, access, participation, dialogue, visibility, tolerance, and alliances with people from all walks of life,” the group’s website states. “We encourage everyone to embrace our community’s diverse history, culture, and identity regardless of sexual orientation.”
“Straight people are an oppressed majority,” reads a quote from the group’s president John Hugo. “We will fight for the right of straights everywhere to express pride in themselves without fear of judgement and hate. The day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all of the other orientations.”
The group initially requested that City Hall fly a “Straight Pride” flag as it does the Gay Pride flag, but the request “was denied as city officials said they have sole discretion on what flags fly outside City Hall,” CBS Boston reported. After its parade request was initially turned down, Sahady said in a Facebook post the group threatened legal action. “We filed a discrimination complaint and it appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation,” he said.
CNN reports that the parade has some 350 volunteers now signed up and expects around 2,000 attendees.