Panic! At The Disco donate £586 to gay rights campaign after homophobic gig picketing

Westboro Baptist Church's protest only attracted 13 members

Panic! At The Disco are to donate $1000 (£586) to Human Rights Campaign’s Pride 2014 gay movement after a picket of their show in Kansas City last night (July 20) by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

The band had vowed to pay $20 (£12) to Pride 2014 for every member of Westboro Baptist Church who picketed the show. Panic! At The Disco have been the victim of homophobic abuse by the church since singer Brendon Urie announced he was bisexual. The church even released ‘You Love Sin What A Tragedy’ a parody of the band’s 2006 song ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

But only 13 members of the church bothered to protest outside Kansas City venue Crossroads. Mocking the small numbers, Panic! said on Twitter that, rather than pay $260 (£156), they would round up the donation to $1000, plus 5% of their merchandise from the gig.

Westboro Baptist Church claimed a Panic fan tried to run their protestors over in the venue car park. They tweeted: “What is this Panic At The Disco tripe? There’ll be panic at the second coming of Christ!”

Panic! At The Disco released their most recent album, ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!’ in 2013.