Best known for his protest at Matthew Shepard's funeral and his website, www.godhatesfags.com, Rev Fred Phelps has targeted various locations in Portland, Beaverton and Salem to protest a queer's right to life, love and state-sanctioned unions.
PSU, the courthouses, churches, high schools and city hall are all on their hitlist as places that condone queer lifestyle. Phelps announced previously that he was planning on coming to Beaverton to protest an art exhibit that accepted all families, including same-sex ones. However, due to the overwhelming number of other queer-friendly activities going on in the country, a spokesperson from the Westboro Church said that they were going to have to reschedule. So here they come.
And here we are. Various organizations around the city are planning on meeting Phelps at his protests. The key to countering Phelps is to drown out his message and to minimize any impact that his followers may have on the public.
On Sunday, April 18th, Phelps is planning on coming to PSU. When I called the Westboro Church, they stated that they were hitting PSU because PSU advocates homosexuality one way or another and that "sodomy is a fag's religion" and that, since PSU is state-funded, there needs to be a separation of religion and state. ????? Anyhow, we're going to be there to block their homophobic message no matter how they justify it. According to their schedule, they will be there at 11 am. Bring a bedsheet to block their message from getting out. This is an effective tactic that has been applied to several of Phelp's protest, including one that was countered in Chicago by the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network.
On Monday, April 19th, Queer Revolution is planning on countering Phelps at PDX City Hall at 9:15am. The planned tactic for this protest is a minimal queer party that could be made bigger by everyone's attendance. Pinata's and music will be provided. Costumes and outrageous dress are encouraged. Remember, the key is distraction and misguided focus away from the message of hate.
Portland has become a model of sorts for gay marriage and needs to defend it's priviledge now. See you on the streets