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West Virginians Stand Up to Hate

The following post comes from Josh Langdon, Public Education and Outreach Intern for the Human Rights Campaign: I went to the rally countering the Westboro Church protest in Charleston, WV on April 8, and the event was truly breathtaking. Hundreds of people stood united at the state capital building and proved that West Virginians support equality for all. I was brought to tears when some people took part in an equality dance to "Take Me Home, Country Roads", the famous John Denver song about West Virginia. I got people to sign postcards urging Senator Byrd to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and I also handed out HRC stickers. People were so greatful that the Human Rights Campaign had a presence at the rally. One woman I spoke with is a teacher at a local high school. She is with the high school's gay-straight alliance and brought some of her students to the rally. I am from Huntington, WV, and I never imagined to see so much support for LGBT equality here in West Virginia. It gives me so much hope, and I am truly proud to be a West Virginian.

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