Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Best Response to Hate is... Gunn High School Sings Away A Hate Group

Check out what happened when Fred Phelp's Westboro Baptist Church, Family and Hate Group visited the Gunn High School - and see the non-violent demonstration the student body and the Gunn High School Gay Straight Alliance created:

These students found that the best response to hate is Love. And singing. And standing together.

Right on, Gunn High School. Right on!

My thanks to Tim who found this video and sent me here, to the Not In Our Town website.


fairyhedgehog said...

That's great! We also need people wearing tee shirts that say Straight? Fine by me! or maybe Gay? Straight? It's all good!

Jonathon Arntson said...

That was really powerful because it was a community effort, a community stance.

I am sure there were some opposed to the idea, but in the end, the idea of tolerance and love prevailed.

Did you see the signs of the Gunn group as compared to the other groups? This was a rally of love vs hate.

Leslie @ This is the Refrain said...

That was amazing. I'm totally crying right now! Those kids were awesome!

Rosanne Parry said...

Thanks for posing this, Lee. It's very inspiring.

Last year in Oregon a little town in a conservative part of the state elected a cross-dressing mayor. When an outside group came to town to protest, hundreds of people cross-dressed in support of their mayor. They didn't stage a protest or anything. They just all quietly went to work in their spouse's clothing. It was sweet and funny and brave. Everywhere those out-of-town protesters turned they found the banker in a dress and the waitress in her husband's coveralls and the police officer with his little girl's sparkly hair clips. Not a media event at all, just their own quiet conservative way of saying, don't tell us who we are allowed to love. :-)

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

Yay! - glad you all liked it. Lu, sorry to make you cry, but it was a good kind of cry, right?

Rosanne, I love that story about the small town... I can totally see that as a quirky little movie, too!

Thanks everyone,

Helmut said...

Thanks a lot for posting the video. I think, it's really important to show that many people attach importance to tolerance.

Here in Germany, the media covered the story of Constance McMillen, the lesbian girl that wasn't allowed to go to the prom with her girlfriend, on a big scale.

So it's good to see that this is not the whole story... There are people who make a difference. They are brave enough to face bigotry and support the LGBT community.