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A central theme of anti-LGBT organizing and ideology is the opposition to LGBT rights, often couched in rhetoric and harmful pseudoscience that demonizes LGBT people as threats to children, society and often public health.


Anti-LGBT groups on the SPLC hate list often link homosexuality to pedophilia, claim that same-sex marriage and LGBT people, in general, are dangers to children, that homosexuality itself is dangerous, support the criminalization of homosexuality and transgender identity, and that there is a conspiracy called the “homosexual agenda” at work that seeks to destroy Christianity and the whole of society.

Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical or simply opposing same-sex marriage does not qualify an organization to be listed as an anti-LGBT hate group.

Anti-LGBT groups primarily consist of Christian Right groups but also include organizations like National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) that purport to be scientific. Anti-LGBT groups in America have employed a variety of strategies in their efforts to oppose LGBT rights, including defamation. Many leaders and spokespeople of anti-LGBT groups have engaged in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as "perverts" with "filthy habits" who seek to "convert" or “recruit” the children of straight parents into a “homosexual lifestyle.”

Others link homosexuality to pedophilia and claim that LGBT people are threats to home and society. Others disseminate disparaging "facts" about LGBT people that are simply untrue — an approach no different to how white supremacists and nativist extremists propagate lies about black people and immigrants to make these communities seem like a danger to society.

More recently, hardline anti-LGBT groups have promoted “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” legislation and legal challenges to justify anti-gay discrimination.

2017 anti-LGBT hate groups

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*Asterisk denotes headquarters.

Abiding Truth Ministries* (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Alliance Defending Freedom* (Scottsdale, Arizona)
American College of Pediatricians* (Gainesville, Florida)
American Family Association (Franklin, Pennsylvania)
American Family Association* (Tupelo, Mississippi)
American Vision* (Powder Springs, Georgia)
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality* (Naperville, Illinois)
ATLAH World Missionary Church (All The Land Anointed Holy)* (New York, New York)
Bible Believers Fellowship* (Worthington, Ohio)
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) (New York, New York)
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) (Washington, District of Columbia)
Chalcedon Foundation* (Vallecito, California)
Christian Civil Rights Watch (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Conservative Republicans of Texas (Houston, Texas)
D. James Kennedy Ministries (formerly Truth in Action)* (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Faith2Action* (North Royalton, Ohio)
Faithful Word Baptist Church (Tempe, Arizona)
Family Research Council* (Washington, District of Columbia)
Family Research Institute* (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Family Watch International* (Gilbert, Arizona)
Generations With Vision* (Elizabeth, Colorado)
Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (H.O.M.E.)* (Downers Grove, Illinois)
Illinois Family Institute (East Peoria, Illinois)
Illinois Family Institute* (Carol Stream, Illinois)
Liberty Counsel* (Orlando, Florida)
Mass Resistance (St. Louis, Missouri)
Mass Resistance (Statewide, Colorado)
Mass Resistance (Statewide, Texas)
Mass Resistance (Torrance, California)
Mass Resistance* (Waltham, Massachusetts)
Mission: America* (Columbus, Ohio)
Pacific Justice Institute* (Sacramento, California)
Pass the Salt Ministries* (Hebron, Ohio)
Pilgrims Covenant Church* (Monroe, Wisconsin)
Probe Ministries* (Plano, Texas)
Public Advocate of the United States (Merrifield, Virginia)
Ruth Institute* (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
Save California* (Sacramento, California)
Stedfast Baptist Church (Jacksonville, Florida)
Stedfast Baptist Church* (Fort Worth, Texas)
The Campus Ministry USA* (Terre Haute, Indiana)
The Pray in Jesus Name Project* (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Tom Brown Ministries* (El Paso, Texas)
Traditional Values Coalition (Anaheim, California)
Traditional Values Coalition* (Washington, District of Columbia)
True Light Pentecost Church* (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
United Families International* (Gilbert, Arizona)
Verity Baptist Church (Vancouver, Washington)
Verity Baptist Church* (Sacramento, California)
Westboro Baptist Church* (Topeka, Kansas)