What the Pro-Sodomite Media is Saying about Christian Leaders Who Are Fighting to Protect the Privacy and Safety of Women and Girls
Rachel Percelay is an Equality Matters researcher at Media Matters. Previously, she worked at the Human Rights Campaign advocating for LGBTQ healthcare equality. She graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a degree in Neuroscience.
Anti-LGBTQ hate groups and extremists with high-level Texas government connections are behind the push for bathroom bills.
For over two years, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — the nation’s largest anti-LGBTQ hate group — has been leading the fight against transgender student rights. By drafting model legislation and policies, testifying at hearings, and suing school districts, ADF has used its mammoth network of over 4,000 affiliated lawyers to convince local school boards, and last year North Carolina (via the infamous House Bill 2), to pass anti-transgender policies. ADF has high-level government connections throughout the country, including three former staff members in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
In addition to ADF representatives, a number of anti-LGBTQ extremists with high-level government connections have been pushing for a bathroom bill since before the 2017 legislative session began. Those extremists include:
- Steven Hotze and Jared Woodfill of the anti-LGBTQ hate group the Conservative Republicans of Texas, which has called the word transgender a “euphemism, a weaker alternative, for the term pervert”;
- Dave Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, who once compared repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to letting loose a “poisonous cloud of chemical weapons” that would “release GLBTQIA activists onto our soldiers like hound dogs of hell”; and
- Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values, who has said that gay sex is a “dangerous and risky sexual activity that can fiercely jeopardize a person’s well-being.”