LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Counter-protest

March 22, 2014

Gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church picketed Lorde’s Kansas concert, but were met with a peaceful counter protest which sympathized with the death of their leader

Westboro Baptist Church picketed Kiwi pop star Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri armed with their homophobic posters but were faced with counter protests of sympathy for the death of their leader Fred Phelps.

The concert at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City yesterday (21 March) was picketed by the infamous gay hate group holding their usual homophobic signs such as ‘God Hates Fags’.

However, Lorde’s fans and the people of Kansas staged their own counter protest.

October 23, 2013

Hundreds of South Carolinians turned out to counter-protest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who had threatened to picket a speech by the mother of Matthew Shepard but the church members never showed up

The Westboro Baptist Church inspired hundreds of people to take to the street in Charleston, South Carolina after they threatened to picket a speech by the mother of gay murder victim Matthew Shepard.

Judy Shepard spoke at the College of Charleston to a capacity crowd in its ballroom on Monday - with so many people motivated to counter-protest the Westboro Baptists that large numbers had to be turned away from the event.

July 27, 2013

Anti-gay lawmaker, Petras Grazulis, was one of the 28 protestors detained by police

Anti-gay protestors clashed with police as they tried to disrupt  Lithuania’s second Gay Pride parade today (27 July).

According to the Associated Press, protestors threw eggs and attempted to storm a stage despite heavy law enforcement presence.

February 26, 2013

Anti-gay hate group is confronted with student counter-protest

When members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Santa Monica High School today to conduct an anti-gay protest, they were in for a huge surprise.

That surprise was a huge crowd that was on hand to counter-protest the group known to protest at military funerals carrying signs that say such things as 'God Hates Fags.'

The church had protested outside the Oscars on Sunday (24 February) and chose the high school in Santa Monica as its next target because of what it believes is the school's affirmation of LGBT students.

February 13, 2013

Students from Vassar College in New York have pledged $100 for every minute the Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest on campus

American students have raised over $40,000 (£26,000, €30,000) in counter-protest against gay hate picketers from Westboro Baptist Church.

Students from Vassar College in New York have responded to the church's plans to protest at the pro-LGBT university earlier this month by pledging $100 for every minute the church will be there.

Known for their 'God Hates Fags' signs, the church is well known for picketing pro-gay groups and soldiers' funerals.

January 3, 2013

Members of the extremist Westboro Baptist Church were outnumbered by counter protesters outside courthouses in Maryland on Wednesday when they came to picket same-sex marriages being performed in the state

Hundreds of people turned out to counter-protest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who had traveled to picket Maryland courthouses on Wednesday - the day courthouses began to perform same-sex marriages in the state.

The church posted online that it was targeting Maryland as it had been the first in the US to legalize same-sex marriage in a popular vote.

‘Westboro brings these words of warning, knowing they may be the last that you get,’ the group posted online.