“Superstraight” Movement Banned from Social Media Platforms


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Peter Sloniewsky, Staff Writer

The rise of movements across the internet often comes with reactionary forces, as exemplified by the white supremacist-fueled rise of the All Lives Matter movement, which is a response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Similarly, the rise of the super straight movement is a reaction to the LGBTQ+ community. In response to LGBTQ+ culture on the internet, a small subset of the notorious /pol/ board of the social media platform 4chan started a fake movement of “superstraights,” who refuse to date transgender people.

Users on the board have been shown to explicitly link the movement to the Nazi SS. Members of the movement have also adopted a so-called “pride flag” based on a pornography site’s logo.  Over the past few weeks and months, generally cisgender people have “come out” as “superstraight” to justify their transphobia and homophobia, harming people who genuinely come out.

The superstraight movement has been popularized by the notoriety it has gained for getting banned off of various platforms.  It has been banned from Reddit and Tiktok for hate speech, with more elaborate individual bans for those who refuse to comply.  The least comprehensive part of this movement, however, is the justification. While they claim that they are just “too straight to be attracted to a trans person,” what they are doing is legitimately transphobic.