A church has created its own army of volunteers to fight against anti-LGBT activists. These first responders reflect that the church (the First Congregational Church of Geneva, Illinois) welcomes and supports LGBT community. In response to the church’s inclusive stance on same-sex relationships, a lot of anti-LGBT protests occured and it was required to tackle them someway. And the church regularly receives protestors preaching homophobic hate at the church doors. This eventually prompted 175 volunteers from progressive churches, organisations and elsewhere to stand up to hate. Since November, counter-protesters are protecting the church and its pro-LGBT ideas. Jim Walz, a Democratic Congressional candidate, was one of those who joined in a recent pro-LGBT rally. “Good morning from the First Congregational Church of Geneva, where counter-protestors have helped ensure people have the right to worship with inclusiveness, allowing people to get to services w/o harassment,” he wrote on Facebook.