It’s no secret that the anti-LGBTQ movement is losing the battle for marriage equality. State by state, they fall. Although they are losing ground, their movement has put a tremendous amount of time and energy into protecting florist shops and bakeries. These types of businesses have become symbols within the anti-LGBTQ movement because they have refused to provide their services for same-sex weddings, as they feel doing so violates their religious freedom. And now, we can add pizza shops to that list. That’s right, PIZZA. While I think we can all agree that no one–straight or gay–wants pizza at their wedding, it’s really not the point. The point, to be clear, is that if you choose to get into the business of selling pizza, you should sell pizza. To all people. Regardless of their race. Regardless of the color of their skin. Regardless of their religion. Regardless of their gender. And regardless of their sexual orientation.
So on March 20 when a pizza shop owner said she would not cater a gay wedding and received strong backlash from the public, the anti-gay movement came storming to her rescue, raising an astonishing $850,000 in just a few short days. Pretty disgusting to celebrate bigotry in such a way, especially considering children are dying from starvation that could have been prevented by mere pennies.
In true Planting Peace style, we decided not to sit idly by and let such a negative act go unchallenged. In response, Planting Peace partnered with US Uncut to raise money through a “virtual pizza party,” with funds going toward providing hotel beds to LGBTQ youth. To date, the campaign has raised over $75,000.
We appreciate the partnership with US Uncut and all of the donors who came together to accept the challenge of countering a negative, hurtful act of bigotry with a positive act of love and compassion that will impact the lives of countless LGBTQ youth who are facing homelessness.
It’s worth noting that we were not the only pro-LGBTQ group to take on this challenge. Activist Scott Wooledge raised more than $150,000 for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund to support LGBTQ homeless youth through their #pizza4equality GoFundMe campaign.
Planting Peace is proud to take a stand with other strong public supporters of the LGBTQ community, and we have so much love for everyone who donated and let your voice be heard, sending a strong response to the anti-LGBTQ community: we will not stand idly by in the face of harmful acts of bigotry and discrimination. Thank you to all who continue to support the LGBTQ movement.
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