Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tweets and Rallies Take a Stand Against I Stand Sunday

As mentioned in a prior post, prominent Religious Right figures gathered in Houston for I Stand Sunday on November 2nd. Fortunately, I Stand Sunday did not go unchallenged by Houston's LGBTQ community.

First, GetEqual organized a press conference in favor of legal protections for Houston's LGBTQ community. On November 1st, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, TX hosted a press conference of faith leaders in favor of LGBTQ rights and the HERO amendment. GetEqual also hosted the Stand for Love event on the evening of November 2nd to counter the homophobic messages of I Stand Sunday.

Second, Montrose Grace Place (an organization housed in Grace Lutheran Church that provides services for homeless LGBTQ youth) hosted Positive Impact Day, where it collected clothing, toiletries, and other donations for homeless clients. The event's Facebook page asserted that "While the HERO opposition is creating noise about taking rights away, we’ll be creating a positive effect on the lives of people in Houston." (Hat tip to Lone Star Q.)

One of the volunteers at Positive Impact Day criticized the victim rhetoric of Houston's anti-LGBTQ pastors, pointing out how homophobic rhetoric is linked to LGBTQ homelessness. "These five pastors have done a great job of portraying themselves as victims," Kristen Capps told the Houston Chronicle. "The type of rhetoric that is going to be heard at this event tonight is what creates the need for this."

Finally, supporters of LGBTQ equality condemned I Stand Sunday on Twitter using the hashtag #IStandSunday. Below is a small sample of tweets condemning the homophobia and transphobia of I Stand Sunday.

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