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LGBTQ Activists Protest Harlem Church

4/9/2014, 5:23 p.m.
March 29th, 2014. Musician and Actor, Antonio Lovari, speaks to LGBTQ protesters and supporters in front of ATLAH Church in West Harlem. Mikhael Simmonds

Rain did not stop determined LGBTQ activists and supporters from protesting in front of the controversial ATLAH Church in Harlem last Saturday.

“Hay hay! Ho ho! Homophobia has got to go,” chanted the lively group of about 30 protesters.

ATLAH Church came under fire recently after posting anti-gay messages outside its church. One of the church’s latest signs read, "Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man." According to the Daily News, the sign was soon vandalized causing the church’s pastor to call, “gay people outright bullies.”

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March 29th, 2014. Protester stands in the rain in front of ATLAH Church in West Harlem. His sign reads," Homophobia has got to go!".

LGBTQ activist, Jennifer Louise Lopez, organized this protest in direct response to the signs and the anti-gay comments released by the church and it’s pastor.

“We’re not going to tolerate his hate anymore. We’re not going to tolerate the hate from churches anymore,” Lopez said.

But not all churches agree with ATLAH’s position.

“I just want you to know that the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church will be open all day if you need a restroom,” said Benjamin Norris Scott, a representative from the church which is located just across the street from ATLAH. Scott said that he attended the demonstration to show solidarity and to let the protesters know that they were welcome to lunch at the church later that day.

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March 29th, 2014. Two protesters stand in the rain in front of the ATLAH Church in West Harlem. Micah Bucey, a Christian minister in the East Village, holds the sign which reads," Jesus was the queerest of them all."

Micah Bucey, an East Village Christian minister also came out to show support with a bright pink sign which read, "Jesus was the queerest of them all."

But not everyone in the Harlem community was pleased with the signs and demonstration. Some passersby scuffed at the activists while they rushed by. One man even shouted derogatory terms from corner bodega across the street.

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Video of Benjamin Norris Scott: (http://bit.ly/1s339x8)

Video of Micah Bucey: (http://bit.ly/1lA3CW2)

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