support The Laramie Project and Queer & Allied Activism / counter-protest Fred Phelps and his horrible Klan

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments · By

There’s a presentation of “The Laramie Project” at 7:30pm in the UVa Chapel tomorrow. It’s a play about the reaction to the murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay university student in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews with inhabitants of the town, Tectonic Theatre Company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports about the crime. It was later adapted into a film with the same name.

M. Bison has just informed me that the wholly despicable and horrible Westboro Baptist Church (the people responsible for “God Hates Fags” amongst other things — here’s a Wikipedia link) are planning to protest this event, and there’s a counter-protest in support of this play that I’d urge you to support. More information from QuAA is available below:

      This Friday (14/11) the one and only Westboro Baptist Church is coming to UVA to protest Queer and Allied Activism’s production of The Laramie Project.  Our show is at the UVA Chapel at 7:30pm and they planned to come at 6:30pm.  The Westboro Baptist Church protested the funeral of Matthew Shepard and is notorious for their extreme hateful and bigoted rhetoric about the LGBT community, and many other communities.  If you would like to know more about the WBC, click here for the Wikipedia Page.  Please don’t go to their website because they receive money for every page view.  I am also attaching an informational flyer for the play. Please feel free to email me if you’d like to read the part of their picketing schedule about this Friday.

Currently we need to mobilize enough people to create a human wall outside the Chapel, at 6:30pm, dressed in a QuAA or black t-shirt to block/ protect the people who are trying to attend the show, and to show solidarity against Westboro.

We are not planning on engaging in any direct action with, or provoke the WBC.  Our goal is to present the Laramie Project, and their presence shall not change that. 

We need more people so please help spread the word.  One of the ways is to RSVP to our Facebook Event and invite your friends to come too.  Please forward this email to your respective listservs – your dorm, your friends, your organizations, your classes.  Queer & Allied Activism would greatly appreciate your help in combating the WBC’s presence on Friday evening and showing the rest of the UVA community that we not tolerate their hatred and bigotry.

If you have any questions, please direct them to me or the President of QuAA, Heather Welborn.

If you’d like to buy a QuAA shirt (E-QUAA-LITY NOW) for $12, please email me [Vennesa Yung].  You may also buy one from our Lawn table today, tomorrow, or at the show.  Please look at our Facebook Group/  Event Albums for the shirt design.

Let’s show these people that we will not tolerate hatred here at UVA.

Vennesa Yung

Publicity Chair
Queer & Allied Activism

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