Two weeks ago we reported about Elizabeth Johnston the rabidly anti-gay right wing extremist who goes by the name “The Activist Mommy,” who asked her of Facebook followers to call and harass a Jacksonville, Florida library that was holding a LGBT Prom for local teens.
The library bowed to pressure and canceled the prom which led Johnson to declare herself victorious over the “perversion is taking place in a taxpayer funded library.”
But in the end Johnson lost and she lost BIG. The 100-plus LGBT teens who planned to attend Storybook Pride Prom got their special night after all when the Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church in Jacksonville stepped in to host the LGBT event instead.
According to Grace Repass, the church board unanimously supported the decision to offer space for the event. “It was the right thing to do,” Repass told The Washington Post. “The LGBT+ youth in our community deserve to have their prom and we wanted to support them. We see our church as a safe place for people who are figuring out who they are. Our Unitarian Universalist values call us to respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person. So, it’s a matter of integrity — to act in alignment with who we say we are.”
Over 50 volunteers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officers, LGBT veterans, and private security workers helped pull the last minute event together and to keep the teens safe from unhinged Johnson and her minions.
“The inside was so positive and electric,” said BeBe Deluxe, a drag queen who appeared at the event. “Everyone was smiling. Lots of moms were crying happy tears. There were kids dancing, laughing and socializing as if nothing had even happened that week. Some of the youth had never met another gay person their age before and this event helped them make friends.”
Elizabeth Johnson still claims victory for having the prom cancelled at the Jacksonville library and has not updated her Activist Mommy Facebook page which she uses for far right attacks and anti-LGBT propaganda that her hate was defeated and by a church no less.