Thursday, April 09, 2020

Anti-LGBTQ leader claims LGBTQ groups trying to 'wrap their tentacles' around coronavirus stimulus money

Frank Schubert

On Thursday, the following article was published by hate group American Family Association's fake news site, One News Now:

A nonprofit organization with a mission to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it says LGBT groups may succeed in dominating the media and wrapping their tentacles around coronavirus stimulus funds. 
The Human Rights Campaign -- the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful pro-LGBT lobbying group in the U.S. – has written an open letter to the media, the government, and health officials demanding special consideration to their community, whose members are supposedly especially vulnerable to the virus. They are seeking financial resources and government coordinating with LGBT organizations. 
"This is a virus that affects every person in the country," responds Frank Schubert of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). "Millions of people are out of work, trillions of dollars in economic loss has been wiped out, and here we have special interest groups from the LGBT community demanding that they be given special considerations."
While he finds the effort off-putting, he says the Human Rights Campaign may be able to pull it off.
"They may be in a position to affect that outcome because of their close allied relationship with Nancy Pelosi, who is as we speak busy writing the next coronavirus relief act," the NOM spokesman tells OneNewsNow. "She's made it clear to members of her Democratic Party that she intends to use that opportunity as a way to advance her hard-left agenda."

According to an LGBTQNation article published on March 12:

The National LGBT Cancer Network organized an open letter signed by over 100 organizations that lists reasons LGBTQ people should be taking extra precautions to avoid the disease, which was just labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization.The letter asks public health organizations and agencies, health professionals, and the media to understand that LGBTQ people are “particularly vulnerable” to coronavirus, listing three main reasons.
First, LGBTQ people are 50% more likely to smoke than cisgender, heterosexual people, according to the letter. Coronavirus is a respiratory disease and smoking – and likely using e-cigarettes as well – reduces immunity to respiratory diseases and makes recovery from those diseases take longer.
Second, LGBTQ people have higher rates of both cancer and HIV, both of which can compromise a person’s immune system. While doctors don’t believe that people living with HIV whose viral loads are undetectable are at significantly greater risk of getting coronavirus, many LGBTQ people either don’t know they have contracted HIV or are not managing it well.
Last, LGBTQ people face barriers when it comes to access to health care. Discriminatory attitudes are common enough among medical professionals that some LGBTQ people avoid or delay health care, and job discrimination and LGBTQ homelessness mean that many LGBTQ people don’t have access to health care.

It's not surprising and I doubt it was accidental that the One News Now article didn't include any information about how LGBTQ people are susceptible to the coronavirus. And I also doubt it was accidental that the article allowed an anti-LGBTQ talking head to inaccurately frame the issue as LGBTQ groups attempting to grab coronavirus stimulus money for some so-called "agenda" pursuit. For those who aren't familiar with Schubert, he has made a name for himself and quite a large amount of money pushing awful homophobic lies against our community, even though his sister is a lesbian.

The grand irony of it all is while Schubert is whining about LGBTQ  groups possibly receiving stimulus monies, other conservative groups  - The Family Research Council for one - have been lobbying hard and quite successfully for churches to have access to the funding. I'm certainly not saying that churches don't deserve funding. But stigmatizing LGBTQ groups and by extension, LGBTQ people, for simply wanting the same access underscores the hypocrisy and abject meanness of Schubert and company.

They don't want to know how LGBTQ people are negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic because they simply don't care.  And as such, they don't want us to have any access to the stimulus monies at all.

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