The congregation, known for its anti-LGBTQ stances, announced via Twitter
that they were singing the parody in protest of a Gender Infinity conference at the University of Houston, according to the The Daily Cougar
. In the days after the shooting at Pulse happened, Westboro members came to Orlando to protest
victims' funerals. Hundreds of demonstrators counter-protested the group, drowning out their chants by singing.
The infamous church's parody song (which if you really want to, you can find here
) includes the lyrics "With everything we’ve got, 'Repent,' we cry! / For all your awful sin, that’s why they died / We’re telling you the answer / Fighting God, won’t win / Cuz God gave you that pulse."
Etheridge, who is an LGBTQ activist, wrote her song
shortly after the massacre and is donating any proceeds
to Equality Florida, according to Rolling Stone
. Listen to her song below.
The Westboro Baptist Church, an almost universally reviled hate group, released a parody of "Pulse," a song written by singer Melissa Etheridge as a tribute to the 49 victims of the mass shooting at the gay nightclub.