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March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

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.

March 21, 2014

Judy Shepard: 'I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one'

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps rose to prominence after protesting the funeral of gay college student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a hate crime in 1998.

But now that Phelps himself has died this week at the age of 84, Shepard's family has no desire to celebrate.

His mother, Judy Shepard, said in a statement: 'Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, (my husband) Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one.'

March 21, 2014

Judy Shepard: 'I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one'

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps rose to prominence after protesting the funeral of gay college student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a hate crime in 1998.

But now that Phelps himself has died this week at the age of 84, Shepard's family has no desire to celebrate.

His mother, Judy Shepard, said in a statement: 'Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, (my husband) Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one.'

March 21, 2014

Internet gets confused and hilariously mistakes a homophobic preacher for an Olympic swimmer

When a topic starts to trend on Twitter, everyone wants to have their say on what’s happening in the world.

When Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, died this week, it immediately went viral.

Some were a little confused and somehow mistook him for the 28-year-old Olympic swimmer, who is very much alive and well.

March 21, 2014

Internet gets confused and hilariously mistakes a homophobic preacher for an Olympic swimmer

When a topic starts to trend on Twitter, everyone wants to have their say on what’s happening in the world.

When Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, died this week, it immediately went viral.

Some were a little confused and somehow mistook him for the 28-year-old Olympic swimmer, who is very much alive and well.

March 21, 2014

The founder of the 'God Hates Fags' church is dead, and now several experts believe the far-right group will soon fizzle out after the death of its leader

The founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church is dead, and now the future of the homophobic cult looks to be in doubt.

Fred Phelps, 84, died late Wednesday (19 March), according to online postings of his church.

And now, experts on the so-called church say it will likely fizzle out.

In the past few years, several members have left and it now only consists of a few remaining followers – nearly all family members of Phelps.

March 20, 2014

The 84-year-old founder of the most hated and homophobic family in America has died in a Kansas hospice

Fred Phelps, the founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, was pronounced dead today (20 March).

His son Timothy has said his 84-year-old father passed away just before midnight in a Kansas hospital last night.

Days before he died, estranged son Nate Phelps took to his Facebook page to announce his father was ‘on the edge of death’.

He said: 'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.

March 20, 2014

Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church showed the world what would have happened if we kept on moving backwards, and to that we should be grateful

They say you should never speak ill of the dead, but Fred Phelps was a monster.

Very few men were as homophobic to the extreme of what Fred Phelps was, a man who called for the death – by stoning – of all LGBTI people across the world.

He was an opportunistic figure of hatred. He saw the death of a gay student in the 90s, Matthew Shepard, as a way to further his cause.

And as soon as he felt like he was being ignored, he used the suicides of gay teens in the mid-00s to get the attention back again.

March 19, 2014

America’s Satanic Temple has pledged to hold a pink mass over Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ grave to make him gay in the afterlife once he dies

America’s Satanic Temple has pledged to make the founder of the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church a homosexual in the afterlife by holding a ‘pink mass’ over his grave.

The Satanic Temple already claims to have made Fred Phelps’ mother Catherine Idalette Johnston a lesbian in the afterlife after holding a ‘pink mass’ over her grave in July of last year in which two same-sex couples kissed over her grave during a satanic ceremony.

March 19, 2014

By the most epic fail in anti-gay history, the hate pastor not only failed to win people over but made the homophobes’ cause untenable

It feels like Fred Phelps has always been, and always will be, anti-gay hatred personified.

But he hasn’t always been there. Back in the 90s, when we were still reeling from the AIDS crisis and struggling with painfully slow gains for LGBTI equality, Phelps was not a public figure.

Then an event occurred that was so graphic and raw, that it tore not only at the heart of the LGBT community, but caught the attention of the mass population in a way that hundreds of thousands of deaths of gay men from AIDS had not.

March 17, 2014

While some have called for the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church to be given a taste of his own medicine, Kansas gay rights campaigners believe the LGBTI community should take the high road

Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church.

While he has not passed on yet, his estranged son Nate has confirmed the father of the ‘most hated family in America’ is on his deathbed.

He is currently in Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. No other information is available about his condition.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like organization based in Kansas has for years picketed soldiers’ funerals and protested against LGBTI rights.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 12, 2014

The University of Missouri defensive lineman promises proceeds from the sale of merchandise will be donated

Michael Sam, the out National Football League draft prospect, is selling merchandise on his website.

According to Outsports  T-shirts and buttons, with the phrase 'Stand with Sam', can be purchased michaelsam.com.

The athlete's agents, Joe Barkett and Cameron Weiss, told Outsports the decision to sell the products was  due to customer demand.

February 23, 2014

'Do I feel like a trailblazer? I feel like I'm Michael Sam'

Michael Sam, the University of Missouri American football defensive lineman who announced he is gay, is participating in this weekend's National Football League Scouting Combine.

The Combine is an opportunity for college American football players to perform physical and mental tests for coaches, general managers, and scouts.

February 17, 2014

Thousands of University of Missouri students and other supporters of gay college footballer Michael Sam formed a human barricade to stop members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a ceremony to honor him during a basketball game

Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.

The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.

December 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.

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.

August 20, 2013

As the 'God Hates Fags' Church sings 'We Hate Who U R' - a parody of 'We R U We R' - the bisexual pop singer sends her dancers for a surprise performance

Popstar Ke$ha treated Westboro Baptist Church protestors to a choreographed dance routine from three male back-up dancers during her Nebraska show on Sunday (19 August).

Followers of the extreme church group were chanting an anti-gay version of Ke$ha’s hit anthem ‘We R Who We R’, titled ‘God Hates Who U R’ outside the stadium in Lincoln.

In response, the openly bisexual star sent a few of her dancers to surprise the protestors, providing slick choreography to accompany the hateful lyrics.

July 30, 2013

British boy band member was speaking out on rumors he is dating gay Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw

One Direction’s Harry Styles has said he ‘doesn’t think’ he’s bisexual.

The curly-haired ‘Little Things’ singer was speaking out on rumors he was dating gay Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, denying the pair was dating.

Speaking to GQ Magazine: ‘We’re not dating, no. We’re just friends. Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so.’

While Styles said he did not want to ‘moan’ about the speculation around his personal life, he did admit it could sometimes ruin relationships.

July 22, 2013

After signing gay marriage into law in England and Wales, the 'God Hates Fags' church claims the great-grandmother of the Royal Baby is a 'fag-enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has named Elizabeth II the ‘Queen of Fags’ after she signed same-sex marriage into law in England and Wales last week.

In a photograph posted on Twitter by the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, it shows a woman holding a sign depicting the British monarch with a slogan ‘Queen of Fags’ and a World War II pink triangle – a Nazi symbol – on her forehead.

The attack comes less than a week after the WBC, once again on Twitter, said the Queen was a ‘Royal Whore’.

July 22, 2013

British boy band member spoke out about the 'God Hates Fags' church who had protested outside their concert in Kansas City

British boyband member Harry Styles has spoken out against the Westboro Baptist Church who protested at a One Direction concert this weekend.

On Saturday (20 July), the ‘God Hates Fags’ church travelled to Kansas City, Missouri to hold up their anti-gay signs.

They accuse the ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ singers for being ‘fag enabling perverts’.