Hundreds Show Up in Support of Gay Football Player Against Westboro Baptist Church Rally

Jake Bain, an openly gay football star at John Burroughs High School, received tons of support from his family, friends and community this morning as Westboro Baptist Church descended onto their town to once again do another homophobic-filled hate protest.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to support one of their own, as they waved the rainbow flag and sported a ton of fantastic signs to let him know that they have his back no matter what Westboro or anyone decides to do.









Their state senator, Jill Schupp, also showed her massive support for Jake:



Jake spoke with a local news affiliate about how overwhelmed and happy he is about all the support he's received since word got out that Westboro was planning this rally.  "We've had such an a great support system through all of this," Jake exclaimed to KSDK.  "As soon as people found out that these people were coming and protesting, there was already hundreds of people that were sending me messages, sending me tweets and stuff, just showing the support.  From the bottom of my heart, I just want to thank everybody for showing the support this time."

Nice job everyone! 



Video from KSDK.com

Community Rallies to Defend Gay Athlete From Westboro Baptists

It is apparent that the members of The Westboro Baptist Church once again have nothing better to do with their lives this week than spread ignorance as we hear they are planning a hate-filled rally against an openly gay football player in Indiana.

OutSports is reporting that an openly gay football star will feel the support thousands of friends, family, and community members on Monday as their community rallies around its major hero.

Jake Bain, heading to college this fall to Indiana State has been in the news recently for all the right reasons.  Now there's a little bit of backwards thinking around this forward moving young man.

The primary reason for the Jake-supportive rally is to counteract the one that Westboro Baptist Church is planning on Monday.  The event, titled Stand With Jake on Facebook, already has 1,200 people planning to attend. 

“He is a great athlete, but he’s a better kid,” Andy Abbott, Head of School at John Burroughs, told Fox 2 Now. “He’s a great student and he’s a great friend to his peers.”  Not only that, but he was recently honored by the St. Louis Blues during their pride night last month.  - outsports.com



We will wait and see if the WBC shows on Monday.  Both rallies will take place Monday morning before school starts at John Burroughs School.  Click here for more info on the event to show that you #standwithjake. 

h/t  outsports.com