Dumbledore and Gandalf Wed across from Westboro Baptist Church

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The beloved Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings characters of Dumbledore and Gandalf got married across the street from the rabidly-anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. The group planning the nuptials are using CrowdRise to fundraise for Planting Peace.

On Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, author J.K. Rowling’s dream of a wedding between Harry Potter’s Dumbledore and Lord of the Rings Gandalf took  place. The United States’ equality group Planting Peace hosted Wizards Wed at the WBC – a wedding ceremony between the two wizards at the Equality House located across the street from the anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church.

In lieu of wedding gifts for the soon-to-be-wed Wizards, Planting Peace hopes to raise funds for their mission via a CrowdRise site here: https://www.crowdrise.com/WizardsWed/fundraiser/Planting-Peace.

Aaron Jackson, founder of Planting Peace, created the organization “to take a stand against the hurtful words and actions of hate groups like the WBC, and so “LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer] youth understand that they have a broad platform of love and support in this world. The organization is constantly reinforcing this mission through innovative and creative fundraisers on CrowdRise.com, like Virtual Pizza, which raised nearly $80,000 in response to the Religious Freedom Reformation Act.”

Arguably, Dumbledore and Gandalf could be bisexual, although neither wizards’ sexuality is specifically discussed in either of their books. Both seem uncannily attracted and involved with members of all genders (and creatures for that matter).

Jackson said, “When we read the battle between J.K. Rowling and the Westboro Baptist Church, we instantly connected with Ms. Rowling’s message on many levels. The Equality House was founded to take a stand against the hurtful words and actions of hate groups like the WBC. People often question why we even mention them, and Ms. Rowling’s words were spot on. We must actively stand up to hate and ensure that LGBTQ youth understand that they have a broad platform of love and support in this world. That is a core part of what we do at Planting Peace. We are delighted to be hosting the Dumbledore and Gandalf wedding and stand with them in the face of bigotry and celebrate equality for all. The WBC won’t have to go too far to picket this union. They can look out their front window.”

CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising.  CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of crowds and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions. CrowdRise has widely publicized success at making giving back fun, cool and aspirational. The site¹s unique platform functionality for individual activists engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising and its strategic partnerships with companies, foundations and major events has unlocked huge pools of previously untapped support for charitable efforts, delivered with revolutionary cost-efficiency.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $250 million to date and is on track to raise $200 million in 2015 alone.

CrowdRise’s major partners include the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, Red Cross, UNICEF, Ironman, United Airlines, Huffington Post, Eventbrite, Square, the Skoll Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, CAA, UTA,  as well as artists like John Legend, Sean Penn, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Ian Somerhalder, Sophia Bush, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde and many more.

Planting Peace is a global nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Its projects focus primarily on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, including our multi-national deworming campaign, Equality House LGBTQ rights advocacy, a network of orphanages and safe havens, and conservation effort in the rainforests of Peru.

 

 

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]