Peter LaBarbera

Peter LaBarbera is a conservative activist and the president of the anti-gay organization Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, a group which describes itself as “dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda.” It is classified as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

On Feb. 21, 2014, LaBarbera and fellow anti-gay activist Scott Lively announced formation of the Coalition for Family Values aimed at persuading more countries around the world to follow Russia’s example in passing laws that restrict gay rights.

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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Rick Scarborough (left) and Peter LaBarbera

Anti-gay activists: We need a class action lawsuit against homosexuality

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Watch out Big Gay, prepare to be served! Rick Scarborough invited Peter LaBarbera to address his Tea Party Unity group Thursday, and the two anti-gay activists discussed ways to somehow file a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality just like when attorneys general of many states filed a lawsuit against tobacco companies. [ Read more → ]
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How the American Right came to embrace Russia’s anti-gay crackdown

Thursday, October 3, 2013
American conservative groups haven’t just praised Russia’s crackdown on gays. Working through several channels, American anti-gay activists quietly provided intellectual backing and international support that directly and indirectly fueled the resurgent anti-gay movement in Russia and in other former Soviet states like Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine. [ Read more → ]
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The LGBT community desperately needs to confront anti-gay propaganda

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The LGBT community has deceived itself into thinking that if we just sidestep the lies and distortions and solely focus on “telling our stories” as ordinary people seeking fairness under the American system, our problems with those who oppose our right to equality will dissipate. It’s high time that the LGBT community realize that this belief is a false bill of goods that serves as a pitiful Band-Aid to a problem that requires more than stories designed to yank at the heart strings; indeed, such efforts make it look as if we are begging for “tolerance.” [ 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 → ]
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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 → ]
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‘Christian’ groups demand Fox News drop ‘homosexual agitator’ Wayne Besen

Friday, August 24, 2012
REEDVILLE, Va. -- A number of self-described "Christian, family values" groups banded together Thursday demanding that Fox News discontinue guest appearances by "homosexual agitator" Wayne Besen on the O'Reilly Factor talk show, saying Besen is "demonizing conservative organizations and individuals." [ 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 → ]
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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 → ]
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Blogger uncovers ‘secret’ Facebook group aimed at disseminating anti-gay information

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
LGBT activist and blogger Alvin McEwen this week uncovered a "secret" Facebook group -- whose memberships reads like a "who's who" of anti-gay activists -- aimed at promoting and disseminating anti-gay information through websites, including Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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‘Porno Pete’ LaBarbera wants you to know what anal warts look like

Monday, February 20, 2012
Over the years, I have joked about and done my best to expose the wanton homophobia of “Porno Pete” LaBarbera, head of the hate group Americans for Truth. And today, he stooped to a level which even shocks me -- he decided to post on his site a picture of an STD – anal warts – close up. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbara (left) and Patrick Wooden

LaBarbera, Wooden reminisce about when anti-LGBT violence was ‘normal’

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
On last week’s edition of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour, a self-described “former homosexual” called for the arrest of author Dan Savage for his campaign to end suicide among LGBT youth, and today host Peter LaBarbera and guest Patrick Wooden reminisced about when violence against gay and transgender people was considered “normal.” [ Read more → ]
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Wooden warns that gay men shove cell phones, baseball bats and animals up their anuses

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Today, Patrick Wooden stood by his previous claims, going as far as to say that gay men regularly shove objects such as cellphones, baseball bats and animals up their anuses and that he personally knows a gay person who “literally died in diapers” because he “literally lost control of himself.” [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Janet Mefferd and Peter LaBarbera

Peter LaBarbera dubs Navy first kiss ‘indecent’ and a ‘sad day’ for the military

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality joined Janet Mefferd on Tuesday for an hour of attacking LGBT rights and urgently praying for gays and lesbians to be freed from Satan’s captivity. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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