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December 01, 2015 9:26 am ET

This Hate Group Leader Has Hosted Most Of The Republican Presidential Candidates

Tony Perkins, a right-wing radio talk show host and president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC), has hosted most of the Republican presidential candidates on his radio show or at FRC-sponsored events. 

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November 13, 2015 10:46 am ET

What Reporters Should Know About Dallas’ Updated LGBT Ordinance

The Dallas City Council recently voted to clarify and update the language in the city’s existing non-discrimination ordinance, which has protected LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations since 2002. Anti-LGBT groups are attacking the vote, claiming it creates new protections that would allow male sexual predators to enter women’s restrooms. But these protections have existed for over a decade, and experts in Dallas have already debunked right-wing talking points about bathroom safety.

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November 05, 2015 10:00 am ET

A "Religious Freedom" Legal Powerhouse Is Leading The National Fight Against Transgender Student Rights

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a powerful "religious freedom" legal organization with a history of anti-LGBT extremism, is working to eliminate non-discrimination protections for transgender students. Relying largely on the myth that allowing transgender people equal access to bathrooms is a "safety" concern, ADF has drafted model legislation and policies, testified at hearings, and encouraged the enactment of school district policies and statewide legislation that would prevent transgender students from accessing facilities consistent with their gender identity..

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October 26, 2015 3:51 pm ET

Utah Radio Station Co-Hosts Hate Group Conference On "Understanding Homosexuality"

On October 26, Utah radio station KTKK, or K-Talk, is co-hosting the inaugural "Understanding Homosexuality - The Politically Incorrect Truth" conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference features anti-LGBT extremists including anti-gay hate group leaders, proponents of discredited "ex-gay" reparative therapy, and peddlers of junk science.

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October 26, 2015 11:08 am ET

GOP Politicians, Right-Wing Media To Attend Global Anti-LGBT Hate Group Conference In Utah

On October 27, mainstream political figures, members of right-wing media, and domestic and foreign anti-LGBT extremists will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the World Congress of Families' (WCF) ninth international gathering. While the World Congress of Families bills itself as a global coalition of "pro-family" organizations, it has deep ties to extremist anti-LGBT movements abroad, and its gathering will serve as a meeting point for well-known US anti-gay extremists to interact with mainstream US politicians and conservative media figures, along with international anti-LGBT activists who support efforts to criminalize homosexuality.

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October 15, 2015 10:28 am ET

Texas Experts Debunk The Transgender "Bathroom Predator" Myth Ahead Of HERO Referendum

Opponents of Houston’s LGBT-inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance warn that non-discrimination protections threaten women's safety in public restrooms. But experts -- including law enforcement officials, government employees, and advocates for sexual assault victims -- from three Texas cities with similar non-discrimination ordinances debunk the "bathroom predator" myth, citing empirical evidence and experience working with sexual assault victims.

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October 07, 2015 5:10 pm ET

Fox Reports Another Fabricated Bathroom Incident To Attack California's Non-Discrimination Laws

Fox News reported a bogus story about a California mom who claims to have been kicked out of an REI sporting goods store for complaining about a man frightening her daughter in the store's women's restroom. Fox's reporting was based on statements made by an anti-LGBT hate group with a history of fabricating similar incidents in order to fearmonger about transgender people using public restrooms.

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September 15, 2015 10:24 am ET

STUDY: Fox News Didn't Host A Single Transgender Guest Over Nine Months Of Coverage

Though Fox News regularly features segments and news headlines covering stories related to the transgender community, the network rarely hosts people who openly identify as transgender during its news programming. In nine months of covering transgender issues, Fox News didn't host a single openly transgender guest to speak during nearly thirty transgender-focused segments between September 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015.

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September 11, 2015 10:50 am ET

Major News Outlets Fail To Identify The Hate Group Representing Kim Davis

Major news outlets have almost entirely failed to identify Liberty Counsel -- the group defending Rowan County clerk Kim Davis -- as an anti-LGBT "hate group," often only referring to the group as  a "Christian" or "conservative" legal organization.

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August 13, 2015 3:55 pm ET

STUDY: Houston Media Help Misrepresent Equal Rights Ordinance

Television news stations in Houston have misrepresented the city's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which will be up for public repeal in November. Media outlets have uncritically parroted myths about the ordinance's protections for transgender people and failed to tell viewers that HERO prohibits discrimination on the basis of a wide range of characteristics, including sex, race, and religion. 

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July 28, 2015 10:34 am ET

The "First Amendment Defense Act" Is The Next Attack on LGBT Rights

In response to the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling, conservative media has endorsed a newly proposed federal bill called the "First Amendment Defense Act" (FADA). Though conservatives have touted FADA as an effort to protect religious liberty, critics warn the bill would undermine the government's ability to combat anti-gay discrimination.

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June 03, 2015 12:53 pm ET

17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections For Transgender Students

The collective experience of 17 U.S. school districts has shattered the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior. Years after implementing their own anti-discrimination policies, none of the schools have experienced any problems. 

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April 08, 2015 10:01 am ET

REPORT: How National Media Outlets Cover Transgender News Stories

Cable, broadcast, and Spanish language news networks largely ignored an “epidemic of deadly violence” against the transgender community in the first two months of 2015, despite devoting coverage to various transgender stories. When networks discussed transgender issues, they often failed to include the voices of transgender individuals, especially transgender women of color.

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July 30, 2014 1:13 pm ET

REPORT: Hate Group Leader’s Appearances Plummet On CNN And MSNBC, Hold Steady On Fox News

Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins has appeared significantly less frequently on CNN and MSNBC in the wake of petitions calling on the networks to stop hosting him. Perkins, whose organization has been labeled an anti-gay “hate group,” continues to appear frequently on Fox News.

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June 27, 2014 2:16 pm ET

REPORT: Houston Media Outlets Fail To Debunk Misinformation About Equal Rights Ordinance

Houston media outlets have failed to hold anti-LGBT activists accountable for the misinformation they have spread about the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), currently the focus of a repeal effort. Media outlets have allowed myths about the ordinance’s protections for transgender people to go unchallenged and have disproportionately cited anti-LGBT groups and advocates in their reporting on the measure.

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April 22, 2014 10:02 am ET

Cable Evening News Ignores Major HIV/AIDS Stories

Despite major developments in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and research in 2013, cable evening news shows devoted scant time to covering developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS in 2013. The lack of coverage of HIV/AIDS stories has continued into the first quarter of 2014.

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March 20, 2014 10:00 am ET

15 Experts Debunk Right-Wing Transgender Bathroom Myth

Experts in 12 states -- including law enforcement officials, government employees, and advocates for victims of sexual assault -- have debunked the right-wing myth that sexual predators will exploit transgender non-discrimination laws to sneak into women's restrooms, calling the myth baseless and "beyond specious."

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March 17, 2014 1:31 pm ET

Right-Wing Media Denounce Guinness For Protesting Parade's Homophobia

Guinness announced that it will not participate in the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade due to the parade's exclusion of LGBT groups, prompting outrage and calls for boycott from right-wing media figures.

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February 27, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Conservative Media Are Outraged That Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Was Vetoed

Several right-wing media figures reacted with outrage on Twitter after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have permitted businesses and individuals to refuse to serve gay couples and individuals.

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January 27, 2014 11:12 am ET

Right-Wing Media Freak Out Over Same-Sex Marriages At The Grammys

Right-wing media figures condemned the weddings of 33 same-sex and opposite-sex couples at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, describing the ceremony as an attack on Christianity.

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