Aviva Luttrell

Journalism - UMass Amherst

Students and members of the UMass community marched from the Fine Arts Center to the Student Union on April 16, 2014 in support of Derrick Gordon and the LGBTQ community. The rally was in response to the Westboro Baptist Church coming to UMass to picket the University’s support of Gordon after he came out as the first openly gay Division 1 men’s basketball player last week. 

Five members of the Westboro Baptist Church stood on Massachusetts Avenue holding anti-gay signs and playing music. Police officers prevented anybody from getting close to the protestors, but a group of around 100 gathered across the street, many yelling obscenities. The Westboro Baptist Church left after less than an hour. 

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