The notorious anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church’s actions have inadvertently led to a $50,000 donation to a gay charity.
This came about after US stand-up comic Lisa Lampinelli, who vocally supports LGBT rights, heard that the church planned to protest her show in Kansas.
She promised to donate $1,000 to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) for each member of the church that turned up.
“I was like, well if they’re going to protest me, how can we turn this into a little bit of love too and kind of turn it on them,” said Lampinelli.
Initially, there were 20 protestors which increased to 44, including a number of children holding signs that read “God hates fags” and “Fags are beasts”. However, the church issued a statement insisting that 48 members actually took part.
After the show, Lampanelli tweeted that she’d happily round off the donation based on the church’s estimate. “I won’t quibble. I’ll make it an even $50,000!!!”
GMHC announced that Lampanelli would visit its offices today and present the cheque to the organisation.
“We are grateful for Lisa Lampanelli’s kindness and courage to fight homophobia,” said Marjorie Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of GMHC. “She is holding up a mirror to bigotry and hatred, and reflecting back love and generosity.”
Added Hill: “In the 30th year of this epidemic, we know that to end HIV/AIDS, we must also continue to address homophobia and stigma which are lethal drivers of this disease. We need more people like Lisa Lampanelli to help us by utilising their creativity, talent, skills and generosity.”