Chicago LGBT right-groups have joined a local activist’s call to protest Cardinal Francis George, following the cardinal’s recent comparison of the gay liberation movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
Lair Scott, a public speaker and a global LGBT rights activist, originally planned the protest, which is set to start at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8 outside of Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash Ave. The protest will likely move to George’s home, according to Scott.
Sunday Mass at the cathedral is also scheduled to start at noon.
Update: Scott created a Facebook event page for the demonstration.
“We all have different reasons [to protest],” said Scott. “Mine personally is to demand that Cardinal George places his immediate retirement to the Pope or resign after his international insult to the LGBTQ movement.”
Almost immediately after the announcement of the protest, the Rainbow Sash Movement and the Gay Liberation Network threw their support behind Scott’s plan.
“We are asking that other LGBT Community groups both Catholic and non Catholic to support this action as a sign of community solidarity that the Cardinal’s comments about the GLBT Community were wrong,” said RSM in a statement.
The protest is just one of many responses to the cardinal’s controversial remarks from an interview on “Fox Chicago Sunday” on Dec. 21, when he said that the gay liberation movement would potentially change “into something like the Ku Klux Klan, protesting in the streets against Catholicism.”
A spokesperson from the Archdiocese of Chicago said they have no comment.
Scott was the subject of headlines all over the world last year when he demanded that Sesame Street puppet characters Bert and Ernie be married during an on-air episode.