Equality House: LGBT Center Across The Street From Westboro Baptist Church To Stage Drag Show - RuPaul To Host?

on September 07 2013 11:28 PM
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LGBT center Equality House is located directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church headquarters in Topeka, Kan. Facebook

Nonprofit humanitarian organization Planting Peace has announced plans to stage a drag show outside Equality House, a rainbow-colored lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, center located directly across the street from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church headquarters in Topeka, Kan.

The event was confirmed on the Equality House Facebook page: “On October 26th Planting Peace will be hosting the first annual Equality House drag themed walk-a-thon! We are inviting you, your family, and your friends to all come out and parade around the Westboro Baptist Church with us whether in costume or not but either way raising money for the Equality House and looking fabulous during the whole event! If you or a team would like to sign up or receive more information please send us a Facebook message!”

In an email to the Huffington Post, Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson said the event will be called the “Drag Down Bigotry” walk-a-thon. “Planting Peace is very excited to be hosting our first ‘Drag Down Bigotry’ walk-a-thon in front of the Westboro Baptist Church,” Jackson said. “Although we intend for everyone to go ‘all out’ and have fun with this event, the cause itself is a very serious one. Young LGBTQ youth are committing suicide at a staggering rate because they are being made to feel as if they are ‘less than.’ We intend to change that message.”

As Queerty pointed out, the Westboro Baptist Church responded to the announcement via a pair of Twitter posts:

 

 

According to Queerty, organizers are hoping to recruit drag icon RuPaul to host the event in October, although nothing has yet been confirmed.

“The Equality House serves as a symbol of peace and positive change for the LGBTQ community,” the Equality House website says. “Our goal is to bring the fight for equality to all corners of the world. Our resource center, based in Topeka, Kansas, across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church, is painted the colors of the pride flag to stand as a visual reminder of our commitment, as global citizens, to this mission.”