Trump White House hosts anti-LGBT hate group at ‘youth outreach’ event
An anti-LGBT hate group will today visit the White House for a ‘youth outreach’ event at the White House.
The Trump White House invited Tyson Langhofer of Alliance Defending Freedom to take part in its youth engagement event this week, titled ‘Generation Next: A White House Forum’.
Alliance Defending Freedom is listed as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has worked to push anti-gay laws across the world.
Meanwhile, Trump will be interviewed by right-wing activist Charlie Kirk, who says transgender people should be banned from the military. Kirk has previously decried LGBT “social experiments” and claims transgender people are “harmful to society”.
Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD said: “Trump has surrounded himself with anti-LGBTQ activists who have systematically targeted the transgender community and openly defended the vile and discredited practice of conversion therapy.
“From delivering countless speeches to fringe groups united around hatred towards LGBTQ Americans to bringing them through the White House gates, President Trump continues to lead a culture war against the LGBTQ community at every turn.”
The ADF has opposed same-sex weddings, gay adoptions, civil unions, and even the repeal of Sodomy laws, strongly opposing the 2003 Supreme Court decision to strike down state laws banning gay sex.
Though other US-based groups have moved away from the overt ‘anti-Sodomy’ agenda, the ADF continues to fight for laws criminalising gay sex overseas, and was caught waging a campaign to keep gay sex illegal in Belize.
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Alliance Defending Freedom recently said Donald Trump’s presidency presents a “window of opportunity” to reverse LGBT rights reforms.
ADF head Mike Farris said: “When I see problems I am compelled in my DNA to run towards the fight, and ADF’s cluster of problems are where I feel called to help solve those problems. My goal here is to win.
“Winning means religious freedom is robustly protected. Winning means Roe versus Wade is reversed. Winning means that same-sex marriage by judicial edict is reversed, and we go back to the states and let the states make their own policy on this.
“I believe we can win – I have no illusions that will be easy. I know the other side is well-organised, well-funded, smart and they don’t play fair. I’m not naive in believing we can win, I believe we can win because I’ve seen God deliver before.
“At the national level, there is going to be a window of opportunity. If we can’t move and take advantage of that right now, we’re squandering an opportunity. It’s time to beef up the efforts on that front and make sure the product that is delivered is the same as the product that’s promised.”