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Anti-LGBTQ group protest on UL-Lafayette campus

While things did get really loud, it was peaceful on both sides as law enforcement remained present.

Posted: Nov 18, 2021 8:37 PM

Lafayette - Today an anti-LGBTIQ group protested on UL-Lafayette's campus before being met with a counter protest by students.

Students at the protest told News15 the group arrived at UL’s campus around noon today before quickly being confronted by students who began their own counter protest.

"To come out today and battle against the hate that they’re spreading," said UL-Lafayette student Reagan Gordon.

President of the student-run LGBTQ organization Cody Barbier said "We always like to come out and show them up and drown out the noise."

"I think people should learn to mind their business," said Ana Hutchinson, another student.

An overwhelming majority of the crowd were students. Gordon said she came out because she’s tired of discrimmination the LGBTIQQ community faces.

"We’re not allowing hate on our campus anymore; we’re not allowing hate in our society anymore," she said. "It has no more place here because how are we supposed to make a better world for ourselves and for future generations if you’re going to continue to tear it down."

The anti-LGBTIQ group, based out of Mississippi, declined to speak with News15 or provide the name of their organization.

Barbier "this is not just about non-religious versus religious, this is about love versus hate, this is about peace versus aggression."

The group was largely drowned out and outnumbered by counter-protesting students, including Hutchinson who learned of the protest through social media.

"I just thought it was pretty disgusting what was happening so I wanted to come out here with my flag and be in support of everybody that’s being belittled and degraded," she said.

Gordon said there’s no place for such rhetoric against any marginalized group.

"You cannot have hate filled groups like this continue to bash any sort of minority, whether it be that they’re gay or queer in any sort of way. Whether they be a different skin tone."

After about an hour and a half, the Mississippi-based group left campus. While things did get really loud, it was peaceful on both sides as law enforcement remained present.

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