Anti-LGBT

Opposition to equal rights for LGBT people has been a central theme of Christian Right organizing and fundraising for the past three decades – a period that parallels the fundamentalist movement's rise to political power.

Fred Phelps with sign

Opposition to equal rights for LGBT people has been a central theme of Christian Right organizing and fundraising for the past three decades – a period that parallels the fundamentalist movement's rise to political power.

For Christian Right leaders, the LGBT rights movement and its so-called "homosexual agenda" are the prime culprits in the destruction of American society and culture. In the words of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, the battle against LGBT rights is essentially a "second civil war" to put control of the U.S. government in the right hands, meaning those who reject LGBT rights.

The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident LGBT rights movement. One of those has been defamation. Many of its leaders have engaged in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as "perverts" with "filthy habits" who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and "convert" them to gay sex. They have disseminated disparaging "facts" about gays that are simply untrue — assertions that are remarkably reminiscent of the way white intellectuals and scientists once wrote about the "bestial" black man and his supposedly threatening sexuality.

 

Active Anti-LGBT Hate Groups in 2016

Abiding Truth Ministries

Springfield, MA

Alliance Defending Freedom

Scottsdale, AZ

American College
of Pediatricians

Gainesville, FL

American Family Association

Tupelo, MS*

Franklin, PA

Americans for Truth
About Homosexuality

Naperville, IL

American Vision

Powder Springs, GA

ATLAH World Missionary Church (All The Land Anointed Holy)

New York, NY

Campus Ministry USA, The

Terre Haute, IN

Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM)

Washington, DC

New York, NY

Chalcedon Foundation

Vallecito, CA

Citizens for Community Values

Cincinnati, OH

Conservative Republicans of Texas

Houston, TX

D. James Kennedy Ministries (formerly Truth in Action)

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Faith Baptist Church (formerly Sons of Thundr)

Greenville, GA

Faith2Action

North Royalton, OH

Faithful Word Baptist Church

Tempe, AZ

Family Research Council

Washington, DC

Family Research Institute

Colorado Springs, CO

Family Watch International

Gilbert, AZ

Generations With Vision

Elizabeth, CO

Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (H.O.M.E.)

Downers Grove, IL

Illinois Family Institute

Carol Stream, IL

Illinois Family Institute
Tri-County chapter

Peoria, IL

Liberty Counsel

Orlando, FL

Mass Resistance

Waltham, MA*

Torrance, CA

Lewiston, ME

St. Louis, MO

Yorktown, VA

Mission: America

Columbus, OH

Pacific Justice Institute

Sacramento, CA

Pass the Salt Ministries

Hebron, OH

Pilgrims Covenant Church

Monroe, WI

Pray in Jesus Name Project, The

Colorado Springs, CO

Probe Ministries

Plano, TX

Providence Road
Baptist Church

Maiden, NC

Public Advocate of
the United States

Falls Church, VA

Ruth Institute

San Marcos, CA

Save California

Sacramento, CA

Stedfast Baptist Church

Fort Worth, TX

TC Family (Traverse
City Family)

Traverse City, MI

Tom Brown Ministries

El Paso, TX

Traditional Values Coalition

Washington, DC*

Anaheim, CA

True Light Pentecost Church

Spartanburg, SC

United Families International

Gilbert, AZ

Verity Baptist Church

Sacramento, CA

Westboro Baptist Church

Topeka, KS

Windsor Hills Baptist Church

Oklahoma City, OK

World Congress of Families/Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society

Rockford, IL