Show Your Loathe on Valentine’s Day

Fight homophobia. Fight red light cameras. Fight horse-drawn carriages.


Valentine's Day...

A) is a day to celebrate love and affection.

B) should be celebrated as "single awareness day."

C) a day for mass protests of things we detest.


When in doubt, always choose "C?"  For the purposes of this article, sure.

On a day meant for couples to shower each other with love, flowers and candy, there are others who would prefer to mark it with protest:

You Gotta Fight For Your Rights
The Gay Liberation Network will be outside Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday morning, highlighting what the role they say the Church has played in promoting inequality.

"In contrast to the church laity, who hold a variety of views on gays – pro-equality and anti-equality – the leadership of the Catholic Church has been unified in its opposition to equal rights,” said GLN co-founder Andy Thayer.  "This is not just about the equal right to marry.  In Illinois, Cardinal George and his predecessors over the years have worked behind the scenes to vehemently oppose EVERY piece of equal rights legislation for gay people that has ever been proposed, including opposing equal employment rights, equal access to housing, equal access to public accommodations and equal access to adoption."

10:30 a.m. outside Holy Name Cathedral, at 735 N. State Street | Facebook

Picture this, Red Light Scameras!
Turned red -- boiling mad -- over the red light cameras strewn about the city?  Then head to the intersection of Western and Addision between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday for some visual vengeance.

"It's a safety rally, not a protest," Barnet Fagel of Buffalo Grove told the Daily Herald. "It's safety that we're after."

Similar protests are planned Sunday for Kansas City, Austin, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Phoenix, among others.

Noon - 3 p.m. outside Lane Tech High School | Facebook

Just Say Neigh!
Horse-drawn carriages are often seen as romantic trips, but a group calling itself Carriage-Free Chicago says the horses are "forced to work under extreme weather conditions and have insufficient food and shelter," according to an online post.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. outside Water Tower Place at Michigan & Chicago avenues | Facebook group


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