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OMG, GOP! Trump and Cruz lock lips on new Cleveland billboard

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Donald Trump… and Ted Cruz… making out?!?

A new billboard on the Cleveland skyline uses illustrations of those two men kissing to send an important, pro-LGBTQ message to Republicans attending next week’s national convention: “Love Trumps Hate. End Homophobia.”

The president of the nonprofit behind the billboard, Planting Peace, told the Huffington Post it’s a direct response to what’s been described as the most anti-LGBTQ platform ever drafted by the GOP.

“What Donald, Ted and the Republican party either fail to realize, or realize and just don’t seem to care about, is that their words and actions toward our LGBT family―especially LGBT children―have meaning and impact,” said Aaron Jackson to the HuffPost. “LGBT children hear these messages telling them they are nothing but second class citizens and are left feeling broken or ‘less than.’”

The billboard is about five minutes from the Quicken Loans Arena where the convention will be held, and the platform voted upon and adopted by delegates.

“Planting Peace calls for the immediate change in the Republican party platform with regard to our LGBT family and LGBT rights. Never again shall a negative, hateful message be uttered in the name of ‘religious freedom.’ We are calling for action that brings full, fundamental rights to the LGBT community, and a narrative that empowers LGBT people to live and love freely.”

The HuffPost reports this isn’t the organization’s first political billboard, having planted one each in North Carolina and Mississippi after those states enacted anti-LGBTQ legislation. Planting Peace was also responsible for Equality House, a rainbow colored home directly across the street from the Wichita, Kan. headquarters of the Westboro Baptist Church.


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