“People actually fought hate with peace, which is exactly what should be going on.”
When an anti-gay protester interrupted a celebration of the LGBT community at the University of Maine last week, the students involved chose to counteract the hate with a message of love.
More than 100 students were gathered for a Coming Out Week event, which was meant to promote LGBT inclusion and acceptance on the campus, when a man carrying a sign with a Bible verse began to argue with members of the crowd.
Rather than participate in a shouting match, the students surrounded the protester and serenaded him with an a capella version of Elvis Presley’s “Cant Help Falling in Love.”
“Peace doesn’t have to be, you know, harmonizing a song,” McAllister added. “It can be just showing that you respect somebody’s differences.”