Anti-gay activists gather outside HRC headquarters to denounce Pride Month

Brody Levesqua, LGBTQ NationPeter LaBarbera (at podium); holding sign at right is Patrick Mangan.

Brody Levesqua, LGBTQ Nation
Peter LaBarbera (at podium); holding sign at right is Patrick Mangan.

WASHINGTON — A group of leading anti-gay activists led by Peter LaBarbera, president of The Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), held a press conference in front of the Human Rights Campaign‘s national headquarters on Tuesday to denounce LGBT Pride month.

Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation
Peter LaBarbera (at podium); holding sign at right is Patrick Mangan.

LaBarbera was joined by Matt Barber, vice-President of Liberty Counsel Action; Linda Harvey, conservative talk radio host and founder of Mission America, Diane Gramely, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania; Eric Holmberg, an independent right wing film maker; and Patrick Mangan, executive Director of Citizens for Community Values of Indiana.

The event was sparse in attendance, comprised mostly of journalists and HRC staffers who wandered out of the building to observe the press conference.

The speakers chastised the HRC for its ongoing “promotion” of what they labeled a deviant sexual movement. LaBarbera called on HRC and the “gay activists” to repent and also to end the bigotry against christians and family values.

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Barber accused HRC of colluding with the Internal Revenue Service by “illegally” releasing documents related to the National Organization for Marriage, which he said is endemic to the larger problem with the “homosexual movement.”

Harvey stuck to her principal theme that LGBT rights were harmful to America’s children, adding that there was no proof that people are born gay.

Mangan stressed that being LGBT can be “treated,” and said that gay-to-straight “reparative” therapy was, in his experience, highly effective.

LaBarbera told LGBTQ Nation that he will be relocating his group from Naperville, Ill., to Washington in the next two years to continue to fight the “homosexual activists.”

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