Vassar uses anti-gay protest to raise funds to help gay youth

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 11:59 AM ADT


Students and faculty at Vassar College turned an anti-gay group’s picket announcement into a charity fundraiser. Westboro Baptist Church is known for its nationwide anti-gay protests. Jon Chenette, president at Vassar, challenged students to do the opposite and “celebrate the inclusiveness” of the school. Students and faculty ended up creating an online fundraiser for The Trevor Project, which provides counseling for LGBT youth. The school has raised over $57,593 so far.