According to, Chambers spoke April 6 — Pride Week — at Central Michigan University.

Taking a strategy from the playbook of [garble] Bar’s fundraiser/protest of Rev. Fred Phelps when he came to Ann Arbor in 2001, CMU’s Gay-Straight Alliance sent out emails asking LGBT community members and allies to make a monetary pledge for each minute that Chambers spoke.

The total raised so far? “Well over $1,200,” for Chambers’ ninety-four minute talk, according to the GSA’s Vice President Phil Reese.

Volunteers distributed HRC ex-exgay literature outside the chapel.

“We did it in a very respectful, non-confrontational manner,” said Reese. “There were conversations going on outside the door until late into the night, and they were very friendly – there was no screaming. We got a lot of people a lot of very useful, tangible information.” …

“We support the right of the Lutheran Student Fellowship and Exodus to their own beliefs and expression,” he said. “However, we felt it was kind of mean-spirited to bring this to Pride Week.”

Unfortunately, according to the Rev. Eric A. Stone, exgay or antigay thieves stole a banner that the gay-tolerance groups had posted (with permission) to welcome Chambers.

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