Planting Peace is a global non-profit organization that “focus[es] primarily on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, including our multi-national deworming campaign, Equality House LGBTQ rights advocacy, a network of orphanages and safe havens, and conservation effort in the rainforests of Peru.”
These are the people who brought us Equality House, whose location was deliberately chosen to be across from the Westboro Baptist Church (whose website URL proudly reads “GotHatesFags.com”), and is painted in the rainbow colors of the Pride Flag.
Here’s a video in case you don’t remember:
Our friends at US Uncut have partnered with Equality House to raise awareness of the fundraiser. Monies raised will go to help house the LGBTQ homeless youth population.
They are hoping to accomplish this by fundraising through CrowdRise, and are calling it LGBTPizza “Give A Slice Of Hope Virtual Pizza” fundraiser. They figure if nearly $850,000 can be raised for a family that refuses to serve their pizza at gay weddings (like any self-respecting gay person would serve pizza at their wedding), then surely they can raise $100,000 to help house LGBTQ homeles youth, many of whom are homeless because their families subjected them to the same bigotry as the Indiana pizza makers think is acceptable.
Aaron Jackson, founder of Planting Peace, who is spear-heading the fundraiser says:
I wanted to try to raise money for something that will actually make the world better and send a message of support to the LGBTQ community. The best thing we can do in the face of something so negative is to try to turn it into something positive.The pizza fundraiser is a clear example of celebrating hate and intolerance, and a clear example that we still have a long way to go in the LGBTQ movement. The world has so much hurt in it, and it’s a shame that with so many serious issues facing humanity, people are putting their resources toward a campaign that sends such a negative message to society.
Their goal is to raise $100,000 and as of this writing they have raised $66,954. Can we help them meet or exceed that goal? Again, the fundraising website is here at Crowd Rise on the Give a Slice of Hope page.
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