The Advocate recently announced its list of The 10 Biggest Homophobes and Transphobes of 2018 with the top prize not going to Trump, but an anti-LGBTQ hate group. And not one we would expect.I personally think this is a wonderful choice because it recognizes the simple fact that those who do the most damage to the LGBTQ community are generally hidden in the shadows. It's easy to raise hell at Trump or guess which member of the Family Research Council is secretly gay, but it takes genuine perception to ignore those easy marks and instead, focus on the planners draped in darkness. And when it comes to planners draped in darkness, anti-LGBTQ hate group, the Alliance Defending Freedom wins the prize in a landslide:
The year's top Phobie Aware goes to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal nonprofit that specializes in causes important to the religious right. The group represented Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips at the U.S. Supreme Court, winning a measured victory — the court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which found Philllips guilty of violating the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, did not show sufficient respect for his religious beliefs. The court, in a decision issued in June of this year (arguments were heard in 2017), therefore vacated the ruling, but it did not approve a broad license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, which is most likely what the ADF wanted. The ADF is still fighting for the right to discriminate. It's asked the Supreme Court to take up cases where ADF is trying to end a Pennsylvania school district's transgender-inclusive restroom policy and advocating for a funeral home's right to fire a trans employee. Oh, and it's got another case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop, for a refusal to make a birthday cake that celebrates a trans woman's gender transition. The ADF contends that the state of Colorado is harassing Philllips by expecting him to obey the anti-discrimination law.
Check out The Advocate's entire list, but note the significance of ADF topping the list. As the links below demonstrate, ADF's attack on the LGBTQ community goes way beyond supposedly defending "religious liberty." But now, it can no longer do these things powered by being behind the scenes.
The extremism of anti-LGBTQ powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom
New Justice Department Spokeswoman Comes From Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group
Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group on religious freedom memo
Jeff Sessions Assures Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group They're Okie-Dokie
SPLC refutes Sessions’ comments about hate group designations
Is Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group? Just look at their work.