Crowd Of Protestors Outnumbered Rabbi At Blueclaws Stadium
We told you about the rabbi that called the Lakewood BlueClaw's first-ever pride night "an abomination" and urged those in his community “to protest the homosexualization of a very religious community, whose community standards and values are traditional and biblical.”
Naturally, you all had a lot to say on the matter.
Last night, however, a massive crowd in support of the LGBTQ community showed up outnumbering the protestors and I am so happy to be able to say the crowd spent the evening chanting "love conquers hate!"
There were over 200 people that showed up decked out in rainbow to represent and support the LGBTQ community.
“We are all peaceful. We don’t want violence. We just want to show that we’re regular human beings that love differently,” said 22-year-old Al Schenker, who initiated the counter-protest and identifies as gay. “The people who are here are here because they just love love.”
In addition, The Lakewood BlueClaws has made it clear that the Pride Night would still go on as scheduled.
"We are committed to the idea that baseball is for everyone and all people are welcome at a BlueClaws game. It is unfortunate that some individuals are choosing to display intolerance rather than embrace the true spirit of the night.''
A lot of people weighed in but this protest even caught the attention of Garden State Equality who released a positive and uplifting message.
"The outpouring of love and support from everyday New Jerseyans for LGBTQ people shows that we are the state that doesn’t hate. For the young transgender kid sitting alone in the cafeteria who is wondering if they have a place in this world, these incredible displays of compassion, pride, and allyship are life-changing symbols of hope and strength."
I am so proud that everyone was able to come together and share the love in honor of such an amazing cause. You guys make me so proud to say that I am a Jersey Shore resident!
Take a look at the original article covering Thursday evening's protest at APP.com.
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