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When a handful of Westboro Baptist Church members showed up Saturday at the funeral of Orlando shooting victim Christopher Leinonen, counterprotesters donning large, white angel wings were there to shield mourners. Members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater put together the wings as a symbolic but also literal screen between the WBC and funeral attendees. An Orlando Police tweet later proved the efforts to stop the WBC worked.
So fucking cool.
[Tweet from the United Front party, saying “They won’t show this image on the news today #muslims #pulseshooting” Next are pictures of people in rainbow colors, some in hijab. They carry various signs such as “Solidarity with Muslim LGBTQ,” “No to Islamophobia, No to homophobia,” and “support Muslim trans youth!”]
The victims were LGBT+, many Latinx. The shooter was defined by his homophobia, not his race or religion. Support LGBT+ people and Latinx people. And don’t throw all Muslims under the bus for the actions of an evil extremist (just as we don’t throw all Christians under the bus because some of them bomb abortion clinics and make laws against human rights).
Stay safe, all of you.
Never leave your fruit unattended at my house. #kids