University supports Trevor Project, WBC loses again

Image used by Vassar students to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church

Image used by Vassar students to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church (Photo via marcyinaustin.wordpress.com)

BY ZACK FORD
ThinkProgress

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY is one of the most LGBT-friendly universities in the country, which is enough to prompt Westboro Baptist Church to protest there. According to the group, “doomed American academics” that “promote the fag agenda… mock the word of God.” The Vassar community is poised to counter the Phelps clan’s odious message, according to a letter from the college’s Acting President Jon Chenette.

The fruits of that effort are already incredibly apparent. Vassar alum Josh de Leeuw (’08) launched a fundraiser for The Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention support services to LGBT youth. His goal was $4,500, the equivalent of $100 for every minute of Westboro’s protest. In just a few days, the Vassar community has already raised almost ten times that amount, with just over $41,000 committed as of this post.

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