Westboro Baptist Just Messed With The Wrong Group Of Students

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Deputy Gay Voices Editor, The Huffington Post

They had no idea what these kids had in store.

A crowd of high school students drove Westboro Baptist Church protestors away from their school in Kansas City, Missouri last week where the hate group gathered to protest the recent election of a transgender girl as homecoming queen.

Westboro showed up to picket Oak Park High School on Thursday, Oct. 1, but were met by a rally of students already gathered to support transgender homecoming queen Landon Patterson.

Westboro was driven away from their picketing site by counter-protestors carrying signs with phrases such as “Westboro Baptist Church need Jesus” and chanting “long live the queen!”

“This isn’t just about supporting Landon, this is about supporting all our students,”Christina Palermo, an organizer for the rally, told a local news outlet. “Landon is just their scapegoat. They’re attacking everyone in the LGBT community.”

Westboro Baptist Church, which has been classified as a hate group, is based in Topeka, Kansas and regularly stages high-profile protests known for featuring their trademark slogan “God Hates Fags.”

Fortunately, Westobor has faced counterprostests more and more frequently in recent months. In fact, just over a year ago The Huffington Post staged a huge love-in to fight against the group when it protested its offices in 2014.

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