Anti-gay non-profits come in several varieties. There are several well-known, widely supported organizations that for the most part either hide or play down their hatred and discriminatory policies toward the LGBT community. Then there are smaller, lesser-known, organizations that embrace their anti-gay policies and mission.
The best-known anti-gay non-profit is the Boy Scouts of America. BSA was founded in the US in 1910. It was based on the British youth organization founded by Robert Baden-Powell. Ironically, there has been much speculation that Baden-Powell was a closeted gay man. See NY Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/opinion/scoutings-gay-founder.html?_r=0
In 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that the Boy Scouts as a private organizations has the right to set discriminatory membership standards. In 2004, the BSA adopted a new policy statement that including the following as part of their "Youth Leadership" policy:
"Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth members must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept Scouting's values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or 11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position."
Because of BSA’s discriminatory policies they are continually losing public and private support. Some of the long-term corporate and charitable donors they have lost include: Chase Manhattan Bank, Levi Strauss, Fleet Bank, CVS/pharmacy, Pew Charitable Trusts, Intel, UPS Foundation, Merck & Co., and about 50 United Ways.
It is unlike that the leadership of the national BSA will change its policies any time soon. It is heavily under the influence and control of leaders from the Mormon and Catholic churches.
Recently however, it has been spending millions of dollars on anti gay causes. In California’s 2008 election the Knights of Columbus attracted media attention when they donated more than $1.4 million to Proposition 8, becoming the largest financial supporter of Proposition 8 which succeeded in banning marriages between same-sex couples in the state.
Between 2005 and 2012, the Knights of Columbus has provided more than $15.8 million dollars towards anti-gay initiatives providing $6.25 million directly to anti-marriage equality efforts and $9.6 million to organizations to build a conservative religious and political culture to oppose efforts for marriage equality.
A fairly new charity is Invisible Children. The organization was founded in 2004 to bring awareness to the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa, and its leader, Joseph Kony. Specifically, the group seeks to put an end to the practices of child abductions and abuse, and forcing children to serve as soldiers. On appearances this is an honorable and worthwhile endeavor. This charity is behind the film about the Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony called “Kony 2012.”
Mercy Ministries take a pro-life and anti-gay stance in their faith-based approach. They practice gay conversion therapies for treating women who identify as lesbian or who have sexual identity issues. Clients must follow lengthy and bizarre rules. Some of those rules stem from Mercy Ministries’ obsession with homosexuality: No physical contact, no supportive hugging, no shoulder to cry on. The residential program housed three women to a bedroom, but they were not allowed to change clothes if another person was in the room. Like many fundamentalist Christian groups Mercy has a very hateful message to lesbian young women who attend the program: Being gay is a sin and could be a “root cause” of your mental disorder.
Both the Salvation Army, Mercy Ministries, and Invisible Children have sent spokespeople out into the media to whitewash their true anti-gay stances. Their position basically comes down to the slogan “love the sinner, hate the sin” nonsense. This is a coded response to put down LGBT people.
There are a lot of non-profit groups and fundraising organizations that are not shy in expressing their hatred and homophobia. This is a list from Southern Poverty Law Center:
- Abiding Truth Ministries of Springfield, MA
- American Family Association
- Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
- American Vision of Powder Springs, GA
- Bethesda Christian Institute of San Antonio, TX
- Chalcedon Foundation of Vallecito, CA
- Christian Anti-Defamation Commission of Vista, CA
- Concerned Women for America of Washington, DC
- Dove World Outreach Center, Gainesville, FL
- Faithful Word Baptist Church of Tempe, AZ
- Family Research Council of Washington, DC
- Family Research Institute of Colorado Springs, CO
- Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment of Downers Grove, IL
- Illinois Family Institute of Carol Stream, IL
- Jewish Political Action Committee of Brooklyn, NY
- Liberty Counsel of Orlando FL
- MassResistance of Waltham, MA
- Mission: America of Columbus, OH
- National Organization for Marriage
- Parents Action League of Champlin, MN
- Public Advocate of the United States of Falls Church, VA
- Tom Brown Ministries of El Paso, TX
- Traditional Values Coalition of Anaheim, CA
- True Light Pentecost Church of Spartanburg, SC
- Truth in Action Ministries (formally Coral Ridge Ministries) of Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Save California of Sacramento, CA
- Sons of Thundr (Faith Baptist Chruch) of Luthersville, GA
- United Families International of Gilbert, AZ
- Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS
- Windsor Hills Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, OK
- You Can Run, But You Cannot Hide of Annandale, MN
For more information about these hate groups see: http://www.splcenter.org/
So, where do you find pro-gay non-profits? Here is a recent list of outstanding groups evaluated by Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar. GuideStar is a central source of information on US non-profits.
- Lambda Legal
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLESEN)
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
- Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
- Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE)
- Williams Institute
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation
- Transgender Law Center
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Freedom to Marry
- The Trevor Project
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)
For more information about these groups and others, see: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/top-nonprofits/national/lgbt-equality-and-support/2012