American Family Association (http://www.afa.net/)
Family Research Institute (http://www.familyresearchinst.org/)
Family Research Council (http://www.frc.org/)
Focus on the Family (http://www.fotf.org/)
Colorado for Family Values
Alliance Defense Fund (http://www.alliancedefencefund.org/)
Concerned Women for America (www.cwfa.org)
Of these organizations, the first two (AFA and FRI) publish what are considered by many people, including the writer, to be the most gratuitously vicious and filthy lies imaginable. The AFA hides behind this benign name to oppose such common-sense measures as adding sexual orientation to the list of characteristics (e.g. race, national origin) that may not be taken into consideration in making decisions pertaining to employment, housing, access to places of public accommodation, and the extension of credit. Few Americans realize that, at present, the Civil Rights Act of 1963 (as amended during the 1990s) does not include sexual orientation as a protected class. About 15 states have crafted state statutes prohibiting such discrimination statewide, leading to situations in which a gay person may be protected from irrational and cruel decisions to dismiss or demote him or her depending on the state in which that person is employed. Some of the ugliest and most malevolent lies are published by the AFA, which has also mounted a long-running boycott against Ford Motor Company due to the fact that Ford has tailored several of its commercials to target a gay consumer base, and due to the fact that Ford has sponsored several gay events. As more and more employers grant domestic partner benefits to the spouses of their gay employees, so the AFA becomes more and more vociferous in its attacks on corporate America. The AFA regularly endorses slanderous "studies" that purport to show that pedophiles tend to be gay (thereby conflating pedophilia and male homosexuality, which are in fact two entirely different issues). Pedophiles prey upon and sexually abuse children, and the majority of pedophiles self-report as being married heterosexual men. Homosexuality, on the other hand, was dropped from the list of mental disorders recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, following a unanimous vote by the Nomenclature Committee of the American Psychiatric Association (the American Psychological Association also dropped homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1973). Gay men and lesbians do not prey on children; by definition, they are individuals who are sexually and romantically attracted to members of the same sex.
The Family Research Institute (FRI) is as debased and as immoral in its attacks on the gay community as is the AFA, if not more so. Prominent among its staff is an ex-psychologist who was stripped of his license to practice psychology in the only state where he had such a license (Nebraska) following the filing of serious allegations against him -- specifically, allegations that he had knowingly distorted the research of his colleagues in an effort to show that gay men tended, disproportionately, to be child molesters (when, in fact, the research that he distorted led to exactly the opposite conclusion). In addition to losing his license to practice psychology, Cameron was expelled from the American Psychological Association (APA). The bylaws of the APA make it absolutely clear that any member of the APA who resigns during the course of being investigated for ethics violations is expelled from the APA -- regardless of what that member may state to the contrary. This is exactly what happened in Cameron's case.
Cameron likes to brag about the work he has had published in a journal named "Psychological Reports." However, "Psychological Reports" is what is referred to as a vanity journal -- individuals who wish to have their work published in this journal pay by the page for such publication. This is most certainly not the manner in which genuine, peer-reviewed journals such as, for example, the "New England Journal of Medicine" publish the results of research. It is an honor to be published in a real, peer-reviewed journal, and the person whose work is published in such a journal does not pay by the page for his or her work to be printed! Contrary to Cameron's outrageous "findings" to the effect that most child molesters are gay men, Dr. Carole D. Jenney (a specialist who works with abused children in Denver, CO) published a paper showing that the overwhelming majority of child molesters self-identify as heterosexual men.
Not to be outdone, Cameron went on to claim that he was a sociologist. The American Sociological Association took the unusual step of releasing an announcement to the media, stating that Cameron was not a sociologist and that he was certainly not a member of the American Sociological Association.
During the mid-1980s, Cameron was verbally thrashed by Federal District Court Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, who accused Cameron of deliberately trying to mislead the Court in a trial involving the constitutionality of the Texas sodomy statute (which is, of course, now dead following the US Supreme Court's recent decision in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)). Buchmeyer accused Cameron of attempting to "perpetrate a fraud" against the Court.
The above are merely a few of the anti-gay hate groups that gay Americans have to deal with in order to make social and legal progress in the US. The Family Research Council is another group that disseminates lies and misinformation in its attempt to discredit and to defame the gay community. Now that the Democrats have both chambers of Congress under their control, it is quite possible that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) may finally stand a chance of passage. This Act would prohibit employers nationwide from making hiring, firing, or promotion decisions based on the sexual orientation of employees. Those who claim that this legislation would grant gay Americans "special rights" fail to take into consideration the fact that this statute would apply to everybody -- not just to heterosexuals. The writer has patronized gay bars in Chelsea, NY where the bartenders have been heterosexual, and nobody has objected to this. The ability, competence, and willingness of the bartenders to do their jobs in a friendly and efficient manner have been the only criteria that have mattered to patrons, and the bartenders in question doubtless learned -- simply through exposure to gay people -- something about the humanity of their clientele. In order to survive equal protection challenges, non-discrimination laws are written to identify a characteristic possessed by everybody and to make it illegal to make adverse decisions on the basis of that characteristic -- in this case, sexual orientation (not homosexuality). Thus, heterosexuals are also protected from discrimination at the hands of gay men and lesbians. Everybody has a sexual orientation.
The FRC contends that the addition of sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes would in some way constitute "thought policing" of the people. Yet federal hate crimes statutes already permit for penalty enhancements in cases where attacks against people are motivated on the basis of race or national origin. The FRC does not explain how the addition of sexual orientation to federal hate crimes statutes would constitute "thought policing" of the people. Once again, all people are protected from violence by such statutes, which specify that the commission of hate crimes motivated by the race of the victim result in heavier punishment than common assaults. Once again, these laws cut both ways -- they apply to white and non-white offenders alike.
The above is merely a brief list of some of the more prominent anti-gay hate organizations in existence here in the USA. There are, of course, other organizations with vicious and pernicious objectives. This will be discussed in subsequent additions to this blog.