Rally Against Hate

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A pro-gay billboard at Poplar Avenue and High Street was replaced Thursday, almost a week after vandals destroyed the original message. But the folks at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) aren't stopping there.

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On Sunday at 1 p.m., MGLCC members and gay rights advocates will gather in front of First Congregational Church to rally against hate in response to the destruction MGLCC's Coming Out Day billboard. One of five different pro-gay billboards across the city, the Poplar Avenue sign features gay former Marine Tim Smith with the words "I'm gay and I protected your freedom."

The rally will be followed by the final planning meeting for the local delegation going to the National Equality March in Washington DC on October 11th. That meeting will take place at 3 p.m. at MGLCC (892 S. Cooper).

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