RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A controversial billboard in the parking lot of a local grocery store is attracting some attention.
The billboard outside Ellwood Thompson’s says “1, 2, 3, 4. Open The Closet Door. 5, 6, 7, 8. Don’t Assume Your Kids Are Straight.”
The creators of the billboard, Mothers and Others of Virginia, say they’re raising awareness of discrimination against gays and lesbians in Virginia by some citizens and lawmakers.
Members of the organization say they have witnessed it first hand.
Co-founder Joyce Scher said, “Six I believe it was the amendment to the state constitution took away my gay son’s rights. That’s when I became an activist because he had all those rights, until he stood up and said at the age of 21 and said, ‘I am gay, and I have always been gay.’”
The organization says the billboard will stay up for 30 days.