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Vassar College Stages Massive Counterprotest of Westboro Baptist Church After Raising $100K for Trevor Project: VIDEO

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Yesterday, we applauded Vassar College for raising a whopping $100,000+ for The Trevor Project as a fundraising counterprotest against the Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed there yesterday. As you can see, Shirley Phelps-Roper was in fine form.

Oh, and there was a MASSIVE physical counterprotest too (below).

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And Vassar also had its own religious voice ringing out inside its gates in the form of pro-LGBT and marriage equality Pastor Joseph Tolton.

Check out Tolton's fiery sermonizing and scenes from the Vassar counter-protest,
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Vassar College Raises More Than $100,000 for the Trevor Project in Response to Westboro Baptist Church Protest

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Vassar College has raised more than $100,000 in response to a planned protest today by the Westboro Baptist Church.

VassarWhen the WBC announced its picket, Josh de Leeuw '08 organized a fundraiser with the goal of raising $4,500.

The Westboro Baptist Church has announced that they will picket Vassar College on Feb 28th. In response, we are raising money for the Trevor Project, "the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth." Our goal is to raise $4,500, or $100 per minute that the WBC is planning to protest for.

The response, as you can see, was more than enthusiastic, attracting thousands of donors.

As a proud '89 Vassar alum, I salute them (as do fellow VC alums Andrew Belonsky and Naveen Kumar, who write for this site).


$30,000+ More For The Trevor Project From Vassar Students

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In addition to the more than $40,000 Vassar's LGBT-friendly community has raised for the Trevor Project after the hideously hateful Westboro Baptist Church's announced it would picket the "Ivy League whorehouse," neither of which Vassar is, the school's campus has helped raise another $30,000 for the project, an organization that works to stop suicide and contributing factors scuh as anti-gay bullying and rejection.

Combined, students at and alumni from Vassar, which by complete coincidence happens to be where Andy, theater critic Naveen Kumar and I all attended, have helped raised $76,957 for The Trevor Project, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

So, thanks Westboro! Your hate is quite an inspiration for love.


Vassar Students Raise $40,000+ for The Trevor Project in Response to Protest by Westboro Baptist Church

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I mentioned this in my round-up yesterday, but I have to give it more attention, partly because it's awesome and partly because I am A PROUD ALUMNUS ('89) of this so-called "Ivy League Whorehouse".

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Westboro Baptist Church is planning a protest at Vassar on February 28.

In response, students organized a fundraiser for the LGBT suicide and crisis intervention organization The Trevor Project:

The Westboro Baptist Church has announced that they will picket Vassar College on Feb 28th. In response, we are raising money for the Trevor Project, "the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth." Our goal is to raise $4,500, or $100 per minute that the WBC is planning to protest for.

The fundraiser has attracted thousands of donors and its total was at $43,709 as of this posting.

Acting Vassar President Jon Chenette sent a letter to the campus:

Dear students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i,

Yesterday I sent an email to the campus community about plans announced by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, to picket Vassar on February 28 in protest of our open support of LGBTQ students, employees, and alums. As I said in that message, we look forward as a college to any opportunity to counter messages of hate and bigotry and to underscore our values. Since the campus and alumnae/i became aware of Westboro's plan, we have received an outpouring of support for reaffirming our commitment to inclusion. Many of you have posted similar sentiments on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. The responses from members of our community, while not surprising, have been remarkable and have made all of us who have read them proud to be part of Vassar.

In the face of Westboro's statements, we want to celebrate the inclusiveness of our community and the multitude of backgrounds, interests, and preferences that enrich our experiences. In an effort to coordinate activities that members of the campus and alumnae/i communities are planning, the senior staff of the college has organized a group representative of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i to serve as a clearinghouse and sounding board. I know they will foster an array of events that will speak powerfully to our values.

And students are saying, bring it on:

Although the event is set to take place three weeks from now, on February 28, 2013, the Vassar community is already making preparations. An all-campus meeting has been scheduled to take place at the UpC Cafe at 10pm tonight to mobilize the student body and counter the Westboro Church.

“The Vassar community is so creative and intelligent, and I look forward to working with students and staff to figure out a response that shows the strength and inclusiveness of our community,” wrote Assistant Director for Campus Life Judy Jarvis in an emailed statement.

Donate HERE if you want to help out the fundraiser.


They Now Play Quidditch at Vassar

As a proud graduate of this fine institution I can attest to the fact that sports are not Vassar's strength. The college has never received much attention for its athletics program, but it looks like that is about to change.

Now if you'll excuse me, I just fell off my broom and need to recover.

(via deadspin)

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