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Off to see The Rotting CryptkeeperTM Fred Phelps

I’m on my way downtown to see what the Phelps protest and the counter-protest are like. Kate and I will be going back down to the Durham School of the Arts to see The Laramie Project. I’ll be taking pix and will return and post. (Herald-Sun):

Jennifer Gurevich, a Duke student helping organize Friday’s counter-protest, said she hopes her group’s non-violent message will show Phelps that Durham residents do not support his anti-gay rhetoric. “We may not like Rev. Phelps’ venomous views, but his visit presents us with the opportunity to draw together as a community and show our support of LGBT people,” Gurevich said. “These high schoolers are sending an extremely supportive message to the Durham LGBT community by continuing with their play in the face of hateful responses from Phelps. They need to know we mirror their support right back at them.”

about an hour before the DSA performance begins at 7:30 p.m., celebration participants will move to the area in front of the school at 400 N. Duke St., where they plan to fill the sidewalk and leave no room for Phelps’ group to protest. All money raised during the day will be donated to the Lambda Youth Network, a leadership development organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth that focuses on peer heath education and community outreach.

Gurevich said she hopes the community can focus on using Phelps’ visit as a way to build support for the Lambda Youth Network, instead of harping on his hateful speech.

“Our very own Durham youths are putting on this production of ‘The Laramie Project’ and they are being singled out by Rev. Phelps for creating unity and community,” she said. “The N.C. Lambda Youth Network’s focus is exactly what we want the weekend’s focus to be — not on the hate that Rev. Phelps preaches, but on the kindness, support and community that groups like NCLYN provide.”

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