Students enjoyed free food and tie-dying T-shirts in the rain at the seventh annual Love Not Hate Day.
The event is hosted by Religious Life every and started in 2008 when the Westboro Baptist Church came to protest the theater school’s production of The Laramie Project, said the Rev. Dr. Rodney Newman, religious life director. The play was written by Moises Kaufman in response of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at University of Wyoming. Newman said, during the first event, they gave out more than 1,000 shirts and met the protesters with silence.
The event’s theme this year was “Loving Your Neighbor” and religious life gave out more than 3,000 T-shirts to tie-dye. Sodexo provided pulled pork sandwiches for students to eat while a student band of steel drums played.