A student-led rally at Hermitage High School also made it’s way to Facebook suggesting a silent response.VCU students are also planning an anti-hate rally on their campus in response. Leaders within the LGBT community have suggested creative non-engagement. ROSMY sent out this message today:
ROSMY wants to remind you that we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on-line at www.rosmy.org and at our toll-free youth support hotline 888 – 644 – 4390.
The recent announcement that Westboro Baptist Church intends to picket in front of Hermitage High School and the Virginia Holocaust Museum next Tuesday is seen as a direct attack against the youth ROSMY seeks to support. The message of this group is one of hate, a message that no youth should ever have to hear.
ROSMY wants to remind our community that we are here as a resource to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. We ask for your support in helping youth be themselves. Overshadow the hateful message of Westboro Baptist Church with one of acceptance and support that ensures all Virginia youth an equal opportunity for success.
ROSMY will be holding our regular Tuesday evening support groups on March 2nd at our office at 2311 Westwood Avenue. We hope youth, parents, teachers and community leaders will join us to engage in a positive dialogue that embraces and supports this diverse community and silences messages of hate.
For more information and resources to help be a resource and support for Virginia’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth please call (804) 644 – 4800 or log on to www.rosmy.org.