Planting Peace Announces '40 Days For The Trevor Project'

08/27/2014 03:28 pm ET | Updated 4 days ago
  • James Nichols The Huffington Post

Earlier this year, anti-gay organization The Family Foundation announced its plans to organize “40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance for Marriage," a 40-day fast against marriage equality from August 27 through October 5.

In response, pro-queer organization Planting Peace is spearheading "40 Days For The Trevor Project," an initiative that calls on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies to take action in the face of The Family Foundation's bigotry.

"40 Days For The Trevor Project" asks the queer community to give up one meal and instead contribute the cost of that meal to the Trevor Project, the nation's leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth.

"Every year young members of the LGBT community commit suicide, many of them because of the struggle they face from of a perception that society sees them as broken," President Planting Peace Aaron Jackson said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "The Family Foundation’s 40 Day Fast feeds into that notion, which is completely untrue and unacceptable.”

Planting Peace is the group behind the Equality House, the rainbow-colored home that sits across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church and seeks to challenge the radical and homophobic rhetoric of the organization. In the past, the house, which was originally painted the colors of the rainbow flag in March 2013, has played host to a child's lemonade stand for peace, a gay wedding and a drag show -- all essentially on the anti-gay church's front lawn.

For more info on the "40 Days For The Trevor Project" head here.

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