A peaceful blockade is scheduled to protect patients of a health care provider in Philadelphia.
After the Westboro Baptist Church planned a protest outside of the Mazzoni Center, an LGBTQIA-centric health care provider, on Tuesday, July 26, an event was planned on Facebook to make sure patients were able to come and go in peace. The event has quickly grown, and now over 1,000 people have RSVP’d that they are attending the event.
For over 35 years, The Mazzoni Center, located at 809 Locust Street, has been the only health care provider in the Philadelphia region that targets the unique health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. The center benefits over 35,000 people annually with services that include outreach, prevention and education.
Organizers are reinforcing that the event is not a counter protest, but instead a peaceful blockade. People in the blockade will be holding up visually protective barriers and singing songs of love. Signs will be available but folks are encouraged to bring their own flags, angel wings, and signs with messages of love and support.
For more information on the blockade, visit the “Great Wall of Love” Facebook page.