Members of anti-LGBT+ group Super Fun Happy America arrested over Capitol rioting

James Crump
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<p>“Super Fun Happy America’s” Sue Ianni wraps herself in the group’s “Straight Pride” flag as she and other supporters of US President Donald Trump wait for him to address them during a rally in Washington, DC on 6 January 2021</p> ((AFP via Getty Images))

“Super Fun Happy America’s” Sue Ianni wraps herself in the group’s “Straight Pride” flag as she and other supporters of US President Donald Trump wait for him to address them during a rally in Washington, DC on 6 January 2021

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Members of an anti-LGBT+ group known for organising Boston’s “Straight Pride Parade” have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots that took place on 6 January.

Mark Sahady, 46, and Suzanne Ianni, 59, both from Massachusetts, were arrested without incident at their respective homes on Tuesday, according to the FBI.

They both face charges of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and entering or remaining in the US Capitol building unlawfully, according to the Boston Herald.

The pair have been accused of breaching the US Capitol on 6 January alongside a mob of pro-Trump supporters, as Congress attempted to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Five people died and several more were injured in the riots, as House representatives barricaded themselves in offices to hide from the rioters.

Ms Ianni, who also serves as a Natick Town Meeting member, declined to comment to the FBI about whether she entered the US Capitol during the riots.

Both Mr Sahady and Ms Ianni were identified by photos posted to social media by the group Super Happy Fun America, who organised the “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston in 2019.

The FBI said that both of them are members of the group that claims to be an advocate for the “straight community” and whose motto is: “It's Great to be Straight.”

Ms Ianni is believed to be just a member of the group, while Mr Sahady serves as the vice president of the organisation.

The FBI also believes that Ms Ianni organised 11 buses to transport around 300 people to the riots on 6 January.

A day earlier, on 5 January, an account linked to the group posted a photo onto Twitter of members smiling, which was captioned: “Bus 1 of 11 coming to DC. See you there.”

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Ms Ianni was identified as being the woman in the left of the picture, while Mr Sahady is the man in the grey shirt standing next to her, according to CBS Boston.

Both Mr Sahady and Ms Ianni are scheduled to make their first appearance in US District Court in Boston on Tuesday.

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