As you may or may not have heard, Fred Phelps is coming to town. Phelps is a minister with Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS, who (very loudly) preaches an anti-gay message. He has made appearances at Matthew Shepard’s funeral and at the funerals of veterans of the Iraq war.
see the press release here (PDF)
He also manages the website godhatesfags.com.
Fred Phelps will be coming to Ann Arbor on Saturday, November 19, to protest outside of the Mendelssohn Theatre, where The Laramie Project will be performing.
We invite you to join other LGBTQ student organization leaders, members of the UM LGBTAIQ community and others, to help plan a unified, peaceful and powerful response to Phelps’ message of hate and homophobia.
Phelps Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Henderson Room – Michigan League
The goals of the meeting: – dialogue about what type of response is necessary and appropriate – plan our response – check-in with each other as a community
There are a lot of ideas floating around out there, and this will be your chance to voice those ideas and talk with other community members about unified action. We will leave the meeting with a game plan. I encourage you to join us. Join our voice and prove that we are, indeed, a non-violent community…
I hope to see you there….