Central High School, which has a longstanding student-faculty gay-straight alliance was the target of the anti-GLBT Westboro Church, led by the morbidly homophobic self proclaimed ‘Reverend’ Fred Phelps. They promote hatespeech and deeds in the name of religion. They were the group that carried Matthew Shepard burns in hell signs at his funeral. They carry their GODHATESFAGS banners and vile messages all over the country. They claim to have no money and I would like to know where they get the cash to carry on their violent campaigns.
They have been in Philadelphia several times in the past 6 or so years and they are usually swarmed with counterprotesters. Liberty City reported that at 7:15 this morning –
“friends and allies of the LGBT community outnumbered hatemongers. Here is a more full report from Mayor Nutter’s LGBT liaison Gloria Casarez:
The Phelps group from Kansas came (there were a handful of them) and were greeted by a couple hundred counter-protesters, with bright (pro-gay) signs and slogans. It was very refreshing to see that the crowd seemed to be comprised primarily of students and recent grads, with gay-straight alliances well represented. The administration at Central did a good job at communicating with students in advance through the school’s website and coordination with the gsa and the Principal was present with the students the entire time.”