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News :: GLBT/Queer
Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
19 May 2005
Modified: 11:11:35 PM
Fred Phelps, the infamous Pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, who gained notoriety for picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepherd, is coming to Lowell, Lexington, Brookline and Dracut, Massachusetts to spread his message of hatred and intolerance toward homosexuals, and homosexual sympathizers.

On June 4th and 5th they will be at various Lexington churches with signs reading, “Fags Die, God Laughs,” “AIDS Cures Fags” and other hateful slogans.

Sunday, June 5th at 1:00 PM, they will be at Brookline High School, which they have dubbed a, “sodomite whorehouse and fag dating service masquerading as Brookline High School.” Also on Sunday, at 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM, they will be at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA, to protest Lexington High School’s graduation ceremonies.
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Anti-GayActivists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
On Monday, June 6th at 8:00 AM, they will demonstrate outside Joseph Estabrook School before moving on to the Lexington Public Schools administration office (1557 Massachusetts Ave.) at 9:00 AM. At 9:15 AM, they will also be at Englesby Intermediate School in Dracut. The reason for their appearance at Englesby is in response to an article a twelve-year-old girl wrote in a “women in history” report on comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

Phelps’ website (http://www.godhatesfags.com) says that it has chosen Massachusetts because it is a “Satanic Zeitgeist wherein filthy, militant fags and dykes have seized control of Massachusetts’ government, sending feces-eaters to congress, and homosexual marriage is law.”

Counter-demonstrations are already in the works for Lowell and Dracut, and organizers hope for a sizable turnout against the intolerant hate-speech of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. All who are opposed to Phelps’ presence and message are urged to attend and show him and his followers that Massachusetts won’t stand for antipathy toward our GLBT allies.

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Re: Anti-GayActivists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
20 May 2005
yo antifas where you at?
Re: Anti-GayActivists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
20 May 2005
any carpools from boston??
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
20 May 2005
where in lexington is he gonna be?
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
20 May 2005
while fred phelps is the absolute scum of the earth, his politics aren't fascist. get off antifa's back, they were kicking nazi ass while you sat online being a jerk. why don't you waste your time sending hate mail to groups you think deserve it (like freds or pro-israel groups) instead of just insulting hardworking antifascists on this site. solidarity with antifa.

if people can get specific locations of protests that will be happening i can promise that there will be a ton of youth coming out to demonstrate against fred, one of the most sickening people ever. keep us updated.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
20 May 2005
Here's fred's "picket plan" from his website....

June 4, 2005
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Lexington, MA
St. Brigid Catholic Church, 2001 Massachusetts Ave.

June 5, 2005
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Lexington, MA
Lexington United Methodist Church, 2600 Massachusetts Ave.

June 5, 2005
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Lexington, MA
Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam St.

June 5, 2005
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Lexington, MA
Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Massachusetts Ave.

June 5, 2005
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Lexington, MA
First Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Ave.

June 5, 2005
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Lexington, MA
St. Brigid Catholic Church, 2001 Massachusetts Ave.

June 5, 2005
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Brookline, MA
Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St., for the Brookline High School graduation

June 5, 2005
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Lowell, MA
Tsongas Arena, 300 Arcand Ave.

June 5, 2005
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Lowell, MA
Tsongas Arena, 300 Arcand Ave.

June 6, 2005
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Lexington, MA
Joseph Estabrook Elementary School, 117 Grove St.

June 6, 2005
9:15 am – 9:45 am
Dracut, MA
Englesby Intermediate School, 1580 Lakeview Avenue
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
21 May 2005
These shitbags came to my town awhile back. They had 15 people, at the most, I'd say. Happy hunting.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
21 May 2005
We're hoping for a huge turnout in Lowell, but if anyone can make it to Dracut, it would really be helpful, as it is on a Monday, and we fear that Phelp's group may outnumber counter-demonstrators. Parents in the community are already afraid of sending their kids to school that day.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
22 May 2005
Mr. Phelps would love for you to come. He feeds on publicity. That's why he publishes a schedule of his activities - he want you to come and shout at him. It makes him seem important and powerful, where in reality his "church" is nothing but him and his immediate family. There is no "movement" and he represents no one - ignore him and he will sulk away.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
22 May 2005
The amount of hate in this world has grown to an appaling level. Brookline High School is only a place which is welcoming to all and to dub it something as offensive as these people have is tragic and devastating.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
22 May 2005
im planning on being in dracut with my boyfriend to protest- as long as others are there i will protest with them, otherwise i dont want to be outnumbered by these sick people.... otherwise i will definately protest- im proud of massachusetts and i feel dirty just knowing that they will be here trying to get attention.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
Protesting Fred Phelps is a waste of time and it always has been. Phelps is seen as a nutcase even in his own community of Topeka. If you want to fight bigots, homphobes, and right wing fundamentalists, it would be smarter to focus on some targets with some real power. Phelps is just a loon who thrives on the attention.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
Fred Phelps loves media attention. That is why he sends out only one press release and then waits for the counter-demonstrators to organize the rest and get him all the publicity he needs. He and his Church (his family), only bring a few people and brightly colored and graphic signs, but they always get lots of media coverage because of the counter demonstrations. If you want to stop Phelps and his hate, shut him out by not giving him any attention. If you want to steal any media from him, organize a Counter EVENT nearby, something supporting the GLBT community. It becomes a waste of their time to travel across the country and NOT get any media attention because everyone else (and the media) are attending a counter event. And instead to protesting his message of hate, you have a chance to advance your message or acceptance. Also, if you want to know more about Phelps and his hatred check out this article in the Santa Fe alternative weekly. (It is long, but worth the read. You’ve got to just scroll down the page for the article): http://www.sfreporter.com/archive/father_knows_best.html
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
"Brookline High School is only a place which is welcoming to all"

Welcoming if you can afford the $800,000 needed to live in this liberal paradise.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
I am student in this year's senior class at Brookline High School, while many people may not like the tolerance that we promote, it is not their place to criticize our school. Phelp's protest will not only offend and outrage many of our students, faculty and members of the Brookline community, but he will be disrupting and ruining an important event for the people of Brookline. Brookline IS a welcoming place for all, money is not the main issue. There is a broad spectrum of incomes, backgrounds and personalities in every neighborhood. Although many have said that Phelps loves the attention and the counter-protests because they make him stronger, do not expect to see us take the hate-fest he has planned lying down.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
We have to stay strong and allways fight assholes like phelps when thay come to our towns and citys.
hey, easy!
23 May 2005
i am ENCOURAGING antifas to organize for this! and you don't know WHAT i was doing, or have done, for antifascism lately or ever. you don't even know who i am. stop being so defensive!
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
im a senior at brookline, graduationg on the 5th, its bull shit hes going to ruin my graduation because hes an opinionated fuck. I whole heartedly dissagree with him and plan to take action on the 5th. He has the right to protest, he has no right to ruin a graduation cerimony. Peoples families fly in from all over to see this event, and though i have no family coming in, my friends gradmother at 87 will have a heart attack when she sees what is going on. Its aweful, and i hope he is punnished. Oh and by the way is any of you reading this are planing to protest, dont spit on us or there will be hell to pay....
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
If Brookline HS students want to propose some sort of course of action, and want others to show up, that's probably something others should support in this situation. Hell, it's their day this guy is trying to ruin; let's not just make it worse... Pete Goodman, let people know if there's a call to action coming from you guys.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
23 May 2005
This guy is disgusting. Go Home.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
Hey guys. I know what Fred Phelps is doing is absolutely disgusting, and we really shouldn't give him the time of day.

BUT... we have another plan, because we will not be silent about this. A large group of us (mainly teenagers from our high school) are planning a No Room For Hate Festival. And as Fred Phelps pickets at the Tsaugus Arena, we will be there in bright and colorful clothing, singing, dancing, drumming, and waving signs. But not signs against Phelps. Signs that just portray a message. Something simple, like "Acceptance" and "Love". It will be a festival with no intent of protesting Phelps, but of sharing acceptance. And if we happen to piss Phelps off in the process, so be it. Phelps wants people to protest to get attention. But we will not protest. We will have our very own festival, and enjoy ourselves thoroughly and show people that he cannot crush our spirits.

We sincerely hope that you all will come and join us in our No Room For Hate Festival. The larger the group, the better the time, and the larger the message.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
WHAT A FANTASTIC IDEA!!! bravo to you.

you can be sure that groups will be there supporting your festivities.

that is a truly inspired idea.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
i agree, that's a great idea. i hope it works. i'd love to join you guys. see you there.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
i love it, great job what a perfect way to voice opinions and show phelps that he does not affect us the way he wants to. and maybe WE'LL get the publicity, not him. see you all there.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
the fact that highschoolers have come up with this idea is very inspiring. who says we need angry hateful words? thats phelp's job. the kids who came up with this Festival idea will go a long way in bettering the world.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
shoff is a genius! congrats on a brilliant plan, i'll be there! WITH MY GUITAR!
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
i think we all need to go to this. PLEASE COME EVERYBODY>
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
what time is the no room for hate fest?
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
3:30-5:30. Lowell Tsongas Arena.

Thank you all so much for your support, we really do believe this is the way to go! I hope to see you all there... look for us, the group of highschoolers in bright clothing singing and dancing.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
You kids are inspiring. When I was in school, and closeted, it would have been so helpful to know that there were groups of kids out there who cared and fought for Gay Rights. It would have made coming out much easier. I want you all to know how much this means to the gay community, and what an inspired idea it is. You all can and WILL change lives with your peaceful procedures. I unfortunately will not be able to make it to this Festival, but my heart is with you. Make us proud, guys. And God Bless.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
24 May 2005
im impressed and intrigued. i'd like to hear more about these ideas, and it sounds good to me.

everybody please come to this festival. june 5th. 3:30-5:30, tsongas arena, lowell. I think we could do some good with this.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
25 May 2005
You guys who think you are gonna make are difference by your hippie festival are plain wrong. Stop patronizing them.
Ignore this fool of a man and he will be nothing. No matter what you do, any action will make him thrive. Ignore him and let it go.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
26 May 2005
ah but you see, these people arent aiming at fred phelps. nothing they are doing is aimed towards him and his group. thats the beauty of this idea. they are just celebrating the fact that they can be free.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
27 May 2005
YOU ARE HUMOROUS. DO U THINK GOD LOVES IT WHEN YOU MAKE OTHER HUMAN BEINGS FEEL ANY LESS HUMAN? OUR GOD IS A FORGIVING GOD..AND HE LOVES ALL.
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
30 May 2005
Props to brookline for all its toleration. The world is a really hateful place, and its good to know that in this downward spiral of a planet that we call home, some people can find it in their hearts to be accepting of differences that are only skin deep. There are alot of names that I'd like to call phelps, but what good would that do? Like it or not we all live under the same sun and name calling, which is essentially all phelps is doing, is only gonna make living a hell of a lot harder for everyone. Thats all i have to say.
- Driz
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
31 May 2005
so who's going to the No Room For Hate fest?
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
05 Jun 2005
FRED PHELPS SHOWED UP AT MY SCHOOL TODAY...OH NO WAIT, HIS FAMILY SHOWED UP AT MY SCHOOL(BROOKLINE HIGH) TODAY TO PROTEST DURING OUR GRADUATION, BUT HE ACTUALLY DIDNT SHOW CAUSE HES A PUSSY. I FOUND IT AMUSING THAT HE DIDNT SHOW TO HIS OWN PROTEST..ANYWAY, WE BEASTED THEM, THEY LEFT SHAMEFULLY BECAUSE THEY SUCK AND BROOKLINE HIGH ISNT PHASED BY THEM. oh yeah, and then their Nazi friends showed up and they hid behind the police and then left cause they suck too.
phelps sucks. PEACEout
Re: Anti-Gay Activists Plan Demonstrations in Massachusetts
05 Jun 2005
actually i just posted a comment with the wrong email.