Since Nintendo launched Pokemon Go last week, thousands of players worldwide have been running around with their phones in the air, trying to snap photos of real-life locations that are listed as either “gyms” or PokéStops.
One of the most surprising locations is the Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kansas, home to the notoriously homophobic sect that protests Pride parades, rock concerts and even funerals.
— MAX IM A KOOPA (@meakoopa) July 9, 2016
A giant Clefairy named “LoveIsLove” has virtually overtaken the compound, one of thousands of gyms in the Pokemon cyberworld.
Of course you’d have to be within spitting distance of the WBC to find it in the game. (Maybe our friends at Planting Peace, who opened the Equality House across the street from the church, are playing?)
The Westboro compound isn’t the only questionable location in the game—hospitals, graveyards, strip clubs and even the 9/11 Memorial pool at Ground Zero appear in Pokemon Go.