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Anti-LGBTQ

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

Top Takeaways

The anti-LGBTQ movement continued to enjoy success in mainstreaming its agenda in 2019 as the Trump administration pursued anti-LGBTQ policies at the federal level, while state and local lawmakers in many areas followed suit. In the meantime, three cases with implications for the rights of LGBTQ people came before the Supreme Court. One of those is being argued on the side of limiting LGBTQ rights by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

Key Moments

Mat Staver, leader of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Liberty Counsel, garnered national media attention in January 2019 when he opposed including sexual orientation and gender identity in a federal anti-lynching bill. In April, the Department of Defense implemented Trump’s ban on transgender service members in the military, putting them at risk of discharge if they come out or are found out. And in October, the Supreme Court heard three cases that will have a nationwide bearing on whether it’s legal to fire people for being LGBTQ.

What’s Ahead

Anti-LGBTQ lawmakers and federal staff will continue implementing anti-LGBTQ policies, supported by anti-LGBTQ networks. Smaller, more virulent groups will continue to protest school districts and libraries with inflammatory and possibly dangerous rhetoric. We’ll also see more crossover between anti-LGBTQ groups and anti-trans feminist groups in their quest to further marginalize trans people.

Background

Anti-LGBTQ groups on the SPLC hate list often link being LGBTQ to pedophilia, claim that marriage equality and LGBTQ people, in general, are dangers to children, that being LGBTQ itself is dangerous, support the criminalization of LGBTQ people 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 being LGBTQ as unbiblical or simply opposing marriage equality does not qualify an organization to be listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

Anti-LGBTQ 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-LGBTQ groups in America have employed a variety of strategies in their efforts to oppose LGBTQ rights, including defamation. Many leaders and spokespeople of anti-LGBTQ groups have engaged in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBTQ people as "perverts" with "filthy habits" who seek to "convert" or “recruit” the children of straight parents into a “homosexual lifestyle.”

Others link being LGBTQ to pedophilia and claim that LGBTQ people are threats to home and society. Others disseminate disparaging "facts" about LGBTQ 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-LGBTQ groups have promoted “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” legislation and legal challenges to justify anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

2019 anti-LGBTQ hate groups

View all groups by state and by ideology.
*Asterisk denotes headquarters.

Alliance Defending Freedom
Scottsdale, AZ
All Scripture Baptist Church
Knoxville, TN
American College of Pediatricians
Gainesville, FL
American Family Association
Tupelo, MS*
Franklin, PA
American Vision
Powder Springs, GA
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
Naperville, IL
ATLAH Media Network
New York, NY
Bible Believers Fellowship
Worthington, OH
The Campus Ministry USA
Terre Haute, IN
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
New York, NY
Chalcedon Foundation
Vallecito, CA
Church Militant/St. Michael’s Media
Ferndale, MI
Concerned Christian Citizens
Temple, TX
D. James Kennedy Ministries
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Faith Baptist Church
Violet, LA*
Baton Rouge, LA
Faith2Action
North Royalton, OH
Faithful Word Baptist Church
Tempe, AZ*
Tucson, AZ
Family Research Council
Washington, DC
Family Research Institute
Colorado Springs, CO
Family Watch International
Gilbert, AZ
First Works Baptist Church
El Monte, CA
Generations
Elizabeth, CO
Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (H.O.M.E.)
Downers Grove, IL
Illinois Family Institute
Tinley Park, IL
Liberty Baptist Church
Rock Falls, IL
Liberty Counsel
Orlando, FL
Mass Resistance
Waltham, MA*
San Diego, CA
Torrance, CA
Denver, CO
Lexington Park, MD
Detroit, MI
Las Vegas, NV
Austin, TX
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Seattle, WA
Mission: America
Columbus, OH
Pacific Justice Institute
Sacramento, CA*
San Jose, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Salem, OR
Seattle, WA
Pass the Salt Ministries
Hebron, OH
Pilgrims Covenant Church
Monroe, WI
The Pray in Jesus Name Project
Colorado Springs, CO
Probe Ministries
Plano, TX
Public Advocate of the United States
Merrifield, VA
Revival Baptist Church
Clermont, FL
Ruth Institute
Lake Charles, LA
Save California
Sacramento, CA
Scott Lively Ministries
Springfield, MA
Stedfast Baptist Church
Fort Worth, TX*
Jacksonville, FL
Oklahoma City, OK
Strong Hold Baptist Church
Norcross, GA
Sure Foundation Baptist Church
Vancouver, WA*
Kailua, HI
Spokane, WA
Tom Brown Ministries
El Paso, TX
True Light Pentecost Church
Spartanburg, SC
United Families International
Gilbert, AZ
Verity Baptist Church
Sacramento, CA
Warriors for Christ
Bristol, TN
Westboro Baptist Church
Topeka, KS
World Congress of Families/International Organization for the Family
Rockford, IL