When members of the Westboro Baptist Church set out to protest the funeral of an Orlando shooting victim, they probably weren’t expecting to find a host of angels blocking their path. Outside the memorial service for Christopher Leinonen, the hateful church that made its name protesting funerals was blocked from view by a swarm of costumed counter-protesters wearing giant angel wings and chanting slogans of unity.
The angels were members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater company, who teamed up with the Angel Action network to stage the counter-protest. Action was founded in direct opposition to the small, Kansas-based church after they protested the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. Check out the angels in action below:
The clever protest is one example of the city of Orlando coming together following the attack that left 49 people dead and scores more wounded. Orlando City FC hosted an emotional tribute, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was taken over by a vigil and the city’s most-famous destination is donating $1 million to the victims’ families. The outpouring of support was so great that local Chik-Fil-As reversed their notorious stance on Sundays to feed residents who were rushing to donate blood.