Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH)

Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) is an organization which describes its mission as “exposing the homosexual activist agenda.” AFTAH rejects the idea of inborn sexual orientation and believes that people can “leave the homosexual lifestyle.” It was formed in 1996 by anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera. In 2010, AFTAH was designated as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for spreading “hateful propaganda,” and claiming that homosexuality can be “cured.”

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Peter LaBarbera, arrested in Canada on April 14, 2014.

Anti-gay hate group leader back to U.S. after spending night in jail in Canada

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NAPIER, Illinois -- Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is back home in Illinois after spending 24 hours in custody in Canada for demonstrating against homosexuality and abortion at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

U.S. anti-gay hate group leader Peter LaBarbera arrested in Canada

Monday, April 14, 2014
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- Peter LaBarbera, the leader of the anti-gay hate group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), was arrested Monday at the University of Regina for violating a no trespass instruction given by campus security officials. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

Hate group leader Peter LaBarbera detained at Canadian airport

Friday, April 11, 2014
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- The leader of a U.S.-based anti-gay group was detained by Canadian Border Services officials on Thursday at the Regina, Saskatchewan airport. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

U.S. conservatives form global coalition to encourage anti-gay laws abroad

Friday, February 21, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia's example in passing laws that restrict gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

U.S., British anti-gay activists spread homophobic messages at Jamaica conference

Monday, December 9, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two prominent U.S. and British anti-gay activists attended a conference in Jamaica over the weekend to urge their counterparts and the Jamaican government to retain that country's colonial era law banning homosexual activity. [ Read more → ]
Janet Mefferd

Meet Janet Mefferd, the go-to radio host for anti-LGBT hate mongers

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Janet Mefferd has become one of talk radio's most relentless purveyors of homophobia, using her eponymous program to provide a platform to fringe anti-LGBT activists and to spout her own bigoted, occasionally conspiracy-minded views. [ Read more → ]
Brody Levesqua, LGBTQ NationPeter LaBarbera (at podium); holding sign at right is Patrick Mangan.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

Peter LaBarbera finds it ‘reassuring’ when gays are affected by STIs, violence

Friday, April 19, 2013
Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality spoke to “Coach” Dave Daubenmire last week, telling Daubenmire that he finds it “reassuring” that the gay community is impacted by STIs and violence as it confirms to him that “God believes [homosexuality] is an abomination.” [ Read more → ]
illustration by Cartoonist Chris Britt, Springfield Journal-Register

Anti-gay group warns parents to remove kids from classrooms led by LGBT teachers

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
CAROL STREAM, Ill. -- The anti-gay Christian group Illinois Family Institute has launched another campaign against LGBT Americans, telling parents to remove their children from classrooms led by any teacher who is gay or lesbian, or is a faculty sponsor of a gay-straight alliance, or who has utilized LGBT-inclusive textbooks, or offers a "safe" haven for LGBT students in their classrooms. [ Read more → ]

LaBarbera censors ‘Glee’ kiss, posts inflammatory article deriding gay ‘pigs’

Friday, April 27, 2012
Peter LaBarbara’s and the Religious Right’s long war against Glee has not gained traction outside of the frantic rants of conservative activists, so he has decided to take matters into his own hands and censor a picture of Glee characters Blaine and Kurt kissing: [ Read more → ]

NC Amendment One activist warns gays live in the ‘Playground of Satan’

Monday, April 16, 2012
Radio host Steve Noble appeared on Americans for Truth about Homosexuality Radio Hour with Peter LaBarbera, where LaBarbera likened gays and lesbians to murderers and drug addicts and Noble alleged that gays and lesbians are living in “the playground of Satan.” [ Read more → ]

NC pastor who argued against hate group designation says gay men need diapers

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Patrick Wooden, one of the chief organizers for the North Carolina amendment to ban same-sex marriage, claims that by the time gay men reach their middle ages they “have to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels” because of “what happens to the male anus.” [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay hate groups protest SPLC for calling them anti-gay hate groups

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- About a dozen African American pastors joined anti-gay extremists on Tuesday in condemning the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for using its “hate group” label to describe faith-based organizations that demonize the LGBT community, characterizing it as part of an orchestrated liberal plot. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

Peter LaBarbera scapegoating gay men for the Penn State tragedy

Thursday, November 10, 2011
It was bound to happen. I was hoping that it wouldn't but in hindsight, I shouldn't have been surprised. Someone from the religious right is now blaming gay men for the Penn State tragedy, where Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach is charged... [ Read more → ]

Brown, Lively cite Christian faith as source of passion against ‘radical gay agenda’

Saturday, October 22, 2011
I have given up on trying to influence either Brown or Lively, both with whom I have had extensive interaction. But, watching and listening, are well-intended, good Christian people trying to discern the truth in this dialogue. All one needs do is pay attention to the tone of the message. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Christian school targeted by vandals prior to speech by anti-gay activist

Sunday, October 16, 2011
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A Christian school in suburban Chicago was vandalized on Saturday in advance of a scheduled appearance by ant-gay activist and hate group leader, Scott Lively. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

Advocacy group petitions PayPal to shut down account of anti-gay LaBarbera

Friday, September 16, 2011
Anti-Gay activist Pete LaBarbera, President of the one-man anti-gay operation "Americans For Truth About Homosexuality" (AFTAH), who earned himself a place on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups, is incensed that LGBTQ advocacy group is demanding PayPal sever its relationship with what it calls an anti-gay hate group. [ Read more → ]
Sally Kern

Kern doubles down on claim that homosexuality is ‘more dangerous’ than terrorist attacks

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Oklahoma Republican state legislator Sally Kern has repeated her claim that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks while lamenting that young people are “bombarded” with the message that “homosexuality is normal and natural.” [ Read more → ]

Pour a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, let’s have a conversation, shall we?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It's really up to us to defend ourselves, our families, and our freedoms and the best way to start is to dispel these lies, this hateful propaganda foisted upon the American public by these so-called "loving" Christian groups and expose them for the hate mongers they truly are. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

Hate group ‘Americans for Truth About Homosexuality’ loses tax-exempt status

Monday, August 1, 2011
The blog Ex-Gay Watch reported today that the anti-gay, hate group "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH)" has lost its a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status for failing to submit IRS-required filings. [ Read more → ]
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