Jason Collins comes out as gay

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This NBA star was the second high-profile US sportsman to come out in early 2013.

Coming out in Sports Illustrated magazine,  Jason Collins wrote: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

Two-thirds of US residents supported his decision to come out, and he received thousands of messages of support, including from President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, his teammates, coaches, the Commissioner of the NBA, and countless others.

Various groups mess with the Westboro “God Hates Fags” Baptist Church during their demonstrations

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The “God Hates Fags” church has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in 2013 and here is a short selection of various groups countering their message:

Pro-LGBT supporters staged a counter demonstration in response to a picket organised by Westboro Baptist Church also known as the “God Hates Fags” church.

The demonstration included a shirtless guy named Chris gained more attention than Westboro church who picketed outside the Oklahoma City and Houston Rockets NBA playoff following Jason Collins announcement that he was gay.

Later, accompanied by her father, 5-year-old Jayden Sink, spent four hours on the driveway of Equality House on Friday, selling “pink lemonade for peace”, with the aim to raise money for Planting Peace’s anti-bullying initiative. The church told her she would “burn in hell”.

California Punk band, Get Shot!, revealed that they filmed a porn clip on Westboro Baptist Church’s front lawn, in October. 

When members of Westboro church picketed outside singer Ke$ha’s concerts in August and played a parody of one of her songs, she sent her backing dancers their way for an unexpected performance. 

A Satanist group, the Satanic Temple, in July held a ‘Pink Mass’ at the grave of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps’ mother, and claimed that she “is now gay, in the afterlife”.

In June, Kimberly Kidwell married Katie Short on the front lawn of the Equality House which is directly opposite the Westboro Baptist Church.