I am a big fan of using anti-gay leaders to raise money for LGBT causes. I’ve used Fred Phelps and Rick Warren to raise money for LGBT equality in the past. The Phelps-A-Thon we had in Boston back in December was really popular and very successful. So when I heard that the Phelps clan was coming back to Massachusetts to picket the high school in my city of Cambridge, I decided it was time for another Phelps-A-Thon. This time, all the money raised will go to benefit the students being picketing.
While looking at the Phelps picket schedule online, I began to think that the other locations deserve Phelps-A-Thons as well. That is when I built http://www.Phelps-A-Thon.com.
We are currently running eight Phelps-A-Thons all over the country. When the “God Hates Fags” clan is protesting at a high school because of the schools GSA, we will be collecting donations for that same schools’ GSA. So they will actually be raising money for the exact same thing they are protesting.
The website lets you choose which ever Phelps-A-Thon location you’d like. If you know that Phelps is coming to your area, and want to use his hatred to raise money for your local GSA or LGBT community center, let me know and I’ll add it to the site.
All of the money raised goes back into the community that Phelps is protesting. Most of their protesting is at high schools, in which case the money would go to the schools’ GSA. The amount of money raised is up to the local community. If they want to raise a lot of money they can publicize the event in the newspapers, facebook, blogs, and listserves.
In a time when schools all over the country are cutting funding for after school programs, such as GSAs, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church are really helping out our queer youth. (In Cambridge we have raised close to $1500 to be split between the GSA and the schools’ Welcoming Center – a resource for LGBT families which has been stuck with NO budget this year.) Not only do the Phelps-A-Thons fund the GSAs but they create a fun, positive way for communities to counter-protest the hate being spewed by the Phelps clan.