Equality House, which is right across the street from the anti-gay group, Westboro Baptist Church, hosted the “Drag Down Bigotry” event to raise funds for anti-bullying programs on October 26.
An estimated crowd of 150 participants joined together on the lawn of Equality House. Clowns and kids of all ages enjoyed the festivities.
The nonprofit organization Planting Peace spearheaded Equality House. Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson told Huffington Post “Our first ‘Drag Down Bigotry’ event was a huge success and we are very pleased with how many people participated in and/or supported our efforts. This was another successful step towards silencing the hate from the WBC and bringing awareness to the high suicide rate amongst our LGBTQ youth.”
Amelia Markham, Director of Outreach, said in a statement, “The fact is that teenagers across the country are taking their lives every year at an alarming rate. Research into these cases indicates that almost every suicide is the result of feeling less than or not good enough, many of these in fact being LGBTQ youth. We want to use every opportunity we can to switch that message and preach love and inclusion instead of hate. The drag show was the perfect opportunity to declare that message and to raise funds for our anti-bullying initiative for schools in the area and eventually across the country.”
To help support Equality House visit Equalityhouse.org for more information.
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