Reverend Phelps Targets Fairfax H.S.

Reverend Phelps’ “family” picketed Fairfax H.S. recently to protest our gay prom queen, the Gay Straight Alliance and the school’s gay friendly policy. Happy to say community supporters counter protested and outnumbered the crazies.

We had been notified 5 days before the protest that they were going to target our school.  Apparently they post their protest schedules on their website.   

On the day of the protest, LAPD had a huge presence on the perimeter of campus, teachers and aides were posted around the school and students were told to exit school away from the area of the protest.  The administration and teachers advised students to stay clear of the Phelps group.

My first instinct was to support students in the GSA who wanted to stage a counter protest.  However, the first priority is always to keep the students safe.  So, not knowing what to expect from Phelps’ group, I advised all students to stay as far away as possible.  The students in the GSA had spent a fantastic year working on projects and events that helped increase awareness and inclusion on the Fairfax campus.  I didn’t want their proactive works to be overshadowed by reacting to Phelps’ message.   I also know how hateful, homophobic and anti-Semitic their protests are, so by staying away, the students could help marginalize their message. 

After signing out for the day, I went to the front of the school to see the extent of the Phelps protest.  There were about eight protesters along with their hateful signs, restricted to the corner of Fairfax and Melrose.  To my surprise, a large contingent of local citizens had heard of the planned event and staged their own protest in support of Fairfax.  I joined the counter protesters to find a number of students from the GSA among the group.  I couldn’t have been prouder.  When interviewed by a local paper, the students responded to the message of hate with a positive, intelligent call for love and inclusion.  They were fantastic.

Click on the link to read about the day in the Park La Brea News

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