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These LGBT Youth Fundraisers Are the Perfect Response to the Donations Pouring In Supporting Homophobia

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In the wake of supporters raising nearly $1 million for the homophobic Indiana pizzeria and Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman, two counter GoFundMe campaigns are hoping to raise money for those who could actually use the financial aid: LGBT youth. 

The #Pizza4Equality campaign, created by activist Scott Wooledge, is currently raising funds to benefit Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, which works to end homlessness among LGBT youth. 

From the GoFundMe page:

Pizza4equalitySo I looked and saw that Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund has set April 29 as the first national #40toNoneDay to end #LGBT youth homelessness! And I thought, would it not be totally awesome if we equality supporters (and pizza lovers) could match that #MemoriesPizza  "charity" by April 29?  Can we match their amount and help homeless youth get off the street, learn life skills and get an education and jobs?

I'm an dreamer, but I say yes, we can!

The campaign has raised over $45,000 in the two days since it was created. Click HERE to donate. 

A separate GoFundMe is raising funds for Indiana Youth Group, which provides support services and social and leadership opportunities for LGBT youth.

From the "Support LGBT Youth in Indiana" GoFundMe page:

When Memories Pizza said they wouldn't serve pizza at a same-sex wedding, they were completely within their legal rights and still are. These expressions of intolerance and the ensuing fundraiser for hundreds of thousands of dollars send a terrible message to LGBT youth who already face more bullying, social pressure and higher rates of suicide.

Take a minute and, instead of trolling Memories on Yelp and being angry about it on Facebook and Twitter, donate $10; do something positive that will have a direct impact on LGBT youth in the state of Indiana.

I believe that we can and should out raise them 2x.

Over $24,000 has been raised so far. Click HERE to donate. 


Zach Braff and Donald Faison Offer to Cater Your Gay Indiana Pizza Wedding

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Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Scrubs’ Dr. John Dorian and Dr. Turk Turkleton and hot tub snugglers, made an offer on Twitter to those feeling discriminated against in Indiana.

Wrote Braff:

"If you really and truly want pizza for your gay wedding in Indiana... We will make it for you. @donald_faison"

No word on whether anyone's taken him up on the offer.


Supporters Raise Nearly $1 Million for Homophobic Indiana Pizzeria, Washington Florist

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Richland, Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who was fined $1000 plus $1 for court costs and fees for her refusal back in 2013 to provide flowers for a longtime customer's wedding to his same-sex partner because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ," is set to receive nearly $100,000 in donations from supporters who launched a GoFundMe campaign.

Stutzman was found to have violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws by refusing to provide flowers because of the customer's sexual orientation. Stutzman had rejected a plea deal in the case, and said taking the offer would have been like Judas betraying Jesus.

In related news, supporters of Indiana's homophobic Memories Pizza, which declared last week that they wouldn't cater a gay wedding, have raised $842,500 for the pizzeria in a similar campaign.

What will they do with all their hate money?

 


Rihanna, Jack Antonoff Blast Indiana's Anti-Gay 'RFRA' at Final Four Concert: VIDEO

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Rihanna blasted Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act during her set at the March Madness Music Fest over the weekend at Indianapolis' White River State Park before a performance of "Live Your Life".

Said the singer:

"Who’s feeling these new bulls--t laws that they’re trying to pass over here? I say f--k that s--t!" I wanna hear you say "F--- that s---!" "Cause we’re just living our motherf---ing lives. Indiana!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff also showed solidarity against the anti-gay 'religious liberty' law, wearing a cut-off t-shirt that read "Protect LGBTQ Hoosiers".

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Michigan Debate Reflects New Post-Indiana Landscape On Religious Freedom, Gay Rights

Michigan's Republican governor says he will veto a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act unless it is accompanied by a bill creating statewide LGBT protections. 

Snyder.RickBut LGBT advocates say that's not enough. They want Gov. Rick Snyder (right) to press harder for LGBT protections and veto the RFRA no matter what. 

The debate in Michigan reflects the new landscape surrounding religious freedom laws in the wake of backlash over similar measures in Indiana and Arkansas.

MLive.com reports on Snyder's veto threat:

Dave Murray, a spokesman for Snyder, said Snyder plans to veto any standalone legislation similar to the controversial law passed in Indiana this month. He would consider a RFRA bill if there was also an expansion of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for gay people.

"Gov. Snyder has said he supports religious freedom but strongly opposes discrimination of any kind," Murray said. "He believes he should support constitutional protections and strike a balance."

He added, "Ensuring freedom of religion is a basic founding principle of our country but so is equality."

A proposal to expand the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act died in committee last year after Democrats said they wouldn't support it because it didn't include transgender protections. Meanwhile, the author of the RFRA bill, GOP Rep. Mike Shirkey, says he will continue to push it despite veto threat. From the Associated Press

ShirkeySen. Mike Shirkey (right), a Clarklake Republican and sponsor of the religious objections bill, said Snyder's veto threat shows that he is "not too willing to have a conversation about it." The religious liberty bill and the anti-gay discrimination bill are "apples and oranges," Shirkey said, arguing that the business community's backlash over Indiana's law is "hypocritical" because 19 other states have similar laws.

"Some of these very large corporations make millions and millions of dollars selling and marketing their products in countries who have horrible civil rights environments," he said.

Shirkey said his legislation would prohibit laws and ordinances that infringe on people's "strongly held" religious beliefs and "has nothing to do with private actions" such as a business refusing to serve a customer.

Equality Michigan says Shirkey's RFRA bill is dangerous even if it is accompanied by LGBT protections. From the AP:

Equality Michigan, an LGBT advocacy group, said it "appreciates" that Snyder supports updating the 1976 civil rights law.

"However, Michigan will not benefit from a so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and packaging these bills together could still harm Michigan families and bring the type of justified uproar to Michigan that Governor Snyder is trying to avoid," executive director Emily Dievendorf said in a statement. "We call on the Governor to press harder for passage of an amendment to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and that he veto any Religious Freedom Restoration Act, regardless of what it is packaged with."

Progress Michigan added

"If the Governor is serious about his commitment against discrimination, he should demand that Attorney General Bill Schuette retract his suit in defense of Michigan's discriminatory marriage ban," Scott said, "and call on the Legislature to immediately pass an updated version of the Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act to protect the entire LGBT community."

In addition to the RFRA, Michigan lawmakers have introduced proposals to allow adoption agencies and hospitals to deny services based on sincerely held religious beliefs. 

In related news, Nevada's own "religious freedom" bill has been declared dead


LGBT Banner Flies Over Final Four Stadium As Hundreds Rally in Indianapolis for Statewide Nondiscrimination Protections

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With all eyes still on Indiana as the Final Four NCAA men's basketball championship kicked-off in Indianapolis yesterday, LGBT advocates continued to hold a spotlight on the fact that despite Gov. Mike Pence's "fixed" religious freedom law, it remains completely legal in the state to discriminate against an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

The AP reports on the hundreds of people who marched through downtown Indianapolis yesterday calling for statewide LGBT nondiscrimination protections:

March organizer Dominic Dorsey II told the crowd as it gathered on the steps of the city's Monument Circle that the Legislature's move was only a beginning. He said lawmakers now need to add legal protections to state law to prohibit workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"This new language that they've added is like stabbing somebody in the back and then pulling it out three inches and saying, 'You're all right, right? We're good now, right?" he told crowd, which shouted back "no!"

Dorsey then led the gathering in chanting "Hoosiers don't discriminate! — No more Band-Aids masking hate!" as they began a march that carried them several blocks past the city's business district, bars and restaurants to the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of this year's men's Final Four.

MoveonProgressive advocacy organization MoveOn.org flew a banner reading "Sir Charles is Right: Discrimination is Wrong" over the stadium twice yesterday. The banner was in reference to former NBA star Charles Barkley, who has been vocal in his opposition to Indiana's "license to discriminate."

The National Association of Basketball Coaches also hosted a panel at its convention Saturday aimed at speaking for gay and lesbian athletes. Derrick Gordon and Jason Collins were in attendance. 

The Indianapolis Star meanwhile has also called for full, statewide LGBT protections.

From the paper's editorial board Friday:

Now we need to set out on the path to make Indiana a symbol of equality for all. That means enacting a state law that fully prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations in all forms.

Let's send a resounding message, unmistakable in clarity: Indiana welcomes everyone. Indiana values everyone equally. Indiana will not tolerate discrimination against anyone.

We are Indiana, a state of fairness and equality.

Check out footage from yesterday's march, AFTER THE JUMP...

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