Response to #DefendTheDuggars Raises Big Money for Amazing Cause in the South

Hello Lovelies! It’s so nice to see that we can turn something vile and hate-filled into something that has real purpose. I’ve linked to Lucie’s Place on the right, so feel free to check it out when you have time.

I helped kicked off a tweet storm last week, and frankly no one was more surprised than I that it snowballed as it did. As of this writing, the #DefendTheDuggars social media campaign has delivered almost $25,000 to help the homeless LGBTQ youth population in Arkansas.

A brief background is this: The Duggar family (of reality-TV fame, appearing on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting) donated $10,000 to repeal an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Worse, Michelle Duggar recorded a horrible robocall that equates trans people with “convicted pedophiles.” So Jim Wissick started a Change.org petition calling out the Duggars for “ignorance,” “fear mongering” and anti-gay political activism and asking TLC to cancel the show. This outraged the American Family Association, who said “rabid homosexual activists” were attacking Christianity and told their Christian followers to #DefendTheDuggars.

Though I actually have much respect for the power of the petition, I wondered if allies of the LGBTQ community could transform our disgust and objections into a more tangible way to help. Could gays and our allies respond to the #DefendTheDuggars bigotry eruption with a compassion eruption? Michelle Duggar’s robocalls are literally reaching into Arkansas homes and spreading hateful propaganda. We can’t stop that, but we can work to undo their damage — damage like the family rejection that comes from the misguided beliefs the Duggars are working to propagate.

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