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04/19/2007


5-Year-Old Girl Defies Westboro Baptist Church, Sells Pink Lemonade For Peace And Love

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A five-year-old girl named Jayden Sink has set up a pink lemonade stand at Equality House, across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, to promote love and peace and defy Westboro's message of hate. The people of Topeka, Kansas have come out to support her, according to the Huffington Post:

Jayden-Sink"Jayden, who is from Kansas City, decided to set up her stand at the Equality House after her parents explained to her the significance of its construct. After being told that the church across the street had a message of hate, she set a goal of raising money to go towards a message of love and peace. 

So she painted a banner for the event reading, 'Pink Lemonade for Peace: $1 Suggested Donation.' She put the stand in the grass and waited. But the waiting didn't take long. Supporters came in by the droves and $1 turned into hundreds of dollars.

During the day, Westboro sent representatives outside to try and find a way to stop the event. They apparently attempted to call the local police and stooped to yelling profanities when that didn't work, like calling a group of soldiers who rode out on their motorcycles to suport the event 'bastards.'"

As you may recall, Aaron Jackson of Planting Peace bought Equality House and painted it the colors of the pride flag in March. The Westboro Baptist Church has previously expressed their elation at having what they call the  '"Sodomite Rainbow House" across the street from their HQ. Most recently, Westboro has attributed the tragic spate of tornados in Oklahoma to support for out NBA player Jason Collins.

In her first day Jayden raised $400 at her lemonade stand. She has also raised $5,547 online via Crowd Rise. You can contribute to her campaign here.

(images megan rogers)


Do-It-Yourself Rainbow Crosswalks Popping Up All Over Sydney in Response to Shameful Crossing Removal

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Yesterday I reported on the shameful action by NSW Roads and Maritime Services in Sydney, which stealthily removed a much beloved rainbow crosswalk in the middle of the night.

Now, rainbow crosswalks have begun springing up all over Sydney in response to the removal in a kind of chalk and paint revellion.

The do-it-yourself demonstration even has its own Facebook page.

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'United for Marriage' SCOTUS Rallies and Marches Now in 50 States: Find One Near You

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No matter where you are in the country on March 26 and 27, there is likely a rally or event to mark the Supreme Court's historic hearings on DOMA and Proposition 8.

Find or create an event of your own on the United for Marriage 'Light the Way to Justice' page. You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

For New Yorkers, there is a march this weekend, on Sunday March 24 starting at 1 pm:

On Sunday, March 24, marriage equality supporters will march from the historic Stonewall Inn to Washington Square Park to express support and solidarity with those who fight for marriage equality across the country, and especially before the Supreme Court. At Washington Square Park, supporters will rally for freedom for everyone—including our gay and lesbian family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. The rally will feature flag dancers, singers, and speeches.

Marriage Equality USA, GLAAD, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, Equality Beyond Gender, New York State Democrats, NYC for Action, Dignity New York, Chelsea/West Village for Change,The Bronx LGBTQ Center, Heritage Of Pride, Henrietta Hudson,The LGBT Community Center, Manhattan Young Democrats, LAMBDA Legal, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, Greater NYC for change, Shelter of Peace, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Camp Highlight, Democracy for New York City, NYU Law Democrats, Democracy for America, Empire State Pride Agenda, The Queens Pride Center, The Anti-Violence Project, AM 1600 WWRL, Imperial Court of New York, Montclair State University LGBT Center, Middle Collegiate Church, JQY, The Global Gender and Sexuality Project at The New School and The Stonewall Inn are together for this one.

Here's the Facebook page for that.


Adam Bouska, Jeff Parshley Look Back at 4 Years of The 'NOH8 Campaign' at Hollywood Celebration: VIDEO

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The iconic 'NOH8 Campaign', which started as a response to Proposition 8, recently marked its fourth anniversary in Hollywood. Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley's portraits of LGBT people and their allies proudly displaying their 'NOH8' with make-up and duct tape are unmistakable and have offered high-profile straight celebrities, politicians, and other public figures a way to show solidarity with the LGBT community.

NOH8's celebration was attended by LeAnn Rimes, Skylar Grey, Kerli, Jamar Rogers, -Jessica Clark, Gene Simmons, and cast members of Days of our Lives.

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Massive Gay Kiss-In Held in Front of Hôtel de Ville, Paris as France Mulls Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Videographer Morgane Thibault sent us this video she shot of a massive kiss-in held last night in front of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. The Hôtel de Ville is the building housing the City of Paris's administration

She writes:

This is a video I shot last night in Paris while LGBT people were kissing in front of Hotel de Ville, to show support for the "marriage for all" bill which would extend marriage rights and adoption rights to homosexual couples. The bill is being harshly debated by a very aggressive right wing, which has prompted LGBT groups to show support in various ways including this symbolic action (a nod to the famous "Baiser de l'hotel de ville" photograph by Robert Doisneau)

One woman even brought her gay dog to observe the lip-locking.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Chick-Fil-A Gay Kiss-Ins Have Started - Will They Help? - PHOTO

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Jason King and Drew Montalvo posted this photo to their Facebook account yesterday and the early birds already have nearly 500 shares and hundreds of comments, positive and negative.

Expect to see many more like this today.

The Courage Campaign has provided a website with information on actions and Chick-fil-A restaurants in your state.

Pam Spaulding writes:

IMHO, I’m not keen on this as an effective protest tool — it’s not about our right to love (ostensibly why gay couples will be there kissing), it’s about Chick-fil-As record of anti-gay discrimination and funding of groups that want us DEAD, endorse “ex-gay” therapy, and to deny LGBTs basic civil rights. The kiss-in seems more like a stunt for shock value that the fundies will try capitalize on by tying the action to sex acts that they abhor. The “ick” factor has been one of the major issues these folks cling to, like it or not.

What about you folks? Do you see kiss-ins as an effective protest tool in this instance? And if not, what are your suggestions?


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