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LGBT Activists Protest Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral, Porno Peter LaBarbera Protests The LGBT Protestors

20 LGBT activists protested outside of the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Ill yesterday Feb. 12, a protest which is held every year outside the church around Valentine’s Day held in conjunction with National Freedom to Marry Day.

Protesters marched outside the church for more than an hour during mass, chanting “equal rights for everybody” in temperatures that were only in the upper teens.

“This is not an anti-Catholic demonstration,” said Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network, one of the groups that organized the protest. “This is a demonstration against the Catholic leadership.”

Catholic Cardinal Francis George compared Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade to a Ku Klux Klan gathering in December.

A small handful of anti-gay protesters also showed up including Illinois’s’ holy fraudster and scam artist Peter LaBarbera (“Porno Pete” who likes to go deep “undercover” at gay leather conventions) whose group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality is labeled a hate group by the Southern Law Poverty Center and also who lost their 501 non-profit status with the IRS last year

LaBarbera came bearing a sign with an arrow pointing to protesters that read “Gay K-K” on one side, and “The Real Haters”.

Hysterically if you look at the picture the way hes holding his “Haters” placard. It loks like Porno Pete is pointing it at himself.

You got that right Petey!

Photo: Kate Sosin

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