John M. Becker

Duggar Controversy Spurs Donations to LGBT Youth Group

Filed By John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Arkansas, donations, Duggars, homeless youth, LGBT youth, Lucie's Place

The renewed national attention on the Duggar family's homophobia is providing an unexpected boon for an Arkansas organization that helps homeless LGBT youth, blogger Anne Orsi writes:

In August, Fayetteville's city council passed an historic civil rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people with respect to employment, housing, and other accommodations. On the eve of the vote, the pre-recorded voice of Michelle Duggar, mother of 19 good and self-righteous Christian children, made robocalls around town. She was panicked that if transgender women used the "wrong" restroom, some of her brood might be subjected to the discomfort of not knowing whether the woman in the next stall maybe had a penis.

Since the ordinance passed, the Duggars have spent $10,000 in an effort to get it repealed.

Orsi adds that LGBT activist extraordinaire Scott Wooledge of Memeographs Studio decided to use the Duggar spotlight to call attention to Lucie's Place. So he created a graphic applauding them for doing "the real work of Jesus" and released it into the interwebs:

Wooledge added another graphic later that same day asking people to donate to Lucie's Place, and both caught the attention of LGBT advocates and equality supporters. Small donations poured in. In just eight hours, the organization had received $1,000 -- an amount that it would normally bring in in two or three months.

Kudos to Wooledge, Memeographs, and LGBT equality advocates around the country for countering the Duggars' homophobia and helping homeless youth in Arkansas!

If you'd like to donate to Lucie's Place, click here.

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