When Lady Gaga kicked off the North America leg of her Born This Way Ball tour in Tacoma Washington, on Monday, an anti-gay group shelled out $1,900 for its own special greeting
: A banner reading “Not born this way” that was flown over the official tailgate party outside the Tacoma Dome.
The group responsible, the Florida Family Association, says it was specifically targeting the Born Brave Bus Tour, a space set up before the show for 13- to 25-year-olds to find resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention and mental-health services. The bus is staffed by members of the Trevor Project, Campus Pride and the National Association of School Psychologists.
On its website, the FFA called Lady Gaga part of a “campaign to persuade kids to accept the homosexual lifestyle”:
The fact that someone these kids do not know spent significant resources to fly a plane to tell them they are NOT born that way will prayerfully speak to their souls.
Florida Family Association would like to fly more banners to counter Gaga’s hedonistic, Godless message at moreconcerts. You can click here to see the schedule Ladygaga.com… The goal is not to fly banners at every concert but at enough concerts to make a difference.
“It’s disheartening, but it’s their right,” concertgoer Brittney Blankenship told The Bellingham Herald of the stunt. “As much as we want to have this pride, they have the right to feel how they do too.”
In June, the FFA flew a banner over Disney World that warned visitors about the park’s annual unofficial “gay day.”