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New report details network of organizations working against LGBT rights
2019-10-10

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( Washington, DC ) Today, Accountable for Equality released a new report that outlines the vast and broad network of state and national organizations working to eradicate equal rights for LGBT Americans. The report, titled Blocking Progress & Advancing Hate dives deep into the national and state groups that are advancing an anti-LGBT agenda. The report includes the Alliance Defending Freedom, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Family Policy Alliance, Family Research Council, Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel, and the National Christian Foundation.

This report is released the same day that The National Christian Foundation begins its Impact 2019 Donor conference at the The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Surrounding the conference, Accountable for Equality will be running a mobile billboard and digital ad campaign around the conference hotel and Orlando International Airport. The ads are asking, "Since when is hate a Christian value?"

"NCF has operated in secret for far too long and its past time that their donors and the public understand their true intentions. Surely a large number of their donors are clueless at the fact that NCF funds hate groups that fuel anti-LGBT rehetoric, actions, legislation and inflict real harm to real people," said Chris Fleming, spokesperson for Accountable for Equality. "As the National Christian Foundation begins is donor conference, it is only fitting that their donors land in Orlando and see where NCF's "creative giving solutions" go to and their agenda of hate."

Blocking Progress & Advancing Hate examines how this network of anti-LGBT organizations throughout the country works in to roll-back or stop any legislation or measure that provides LGBT citizens equality. The report cites examples and case studies from Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Virginia as well as local examples from Jacksonville, Florida and Fairfax County, Virginia. This report exampines the inner-workings of these organizations on the state level and examines how, while at times unsuccessful, the anti-LGBT playbook is the same no matter what state.

Moreover, Blocking Progress & Advancing Hate exposed the fact that groups like the National Christian Foundation serve as a pass through for bigoted and wealthy individuals to further their anti-LGBT agenda.

Blocking Progress & Advancing Hate found that:

"Anonymous donors bankroll this effort through the National Christian Foundation. NCF then disburses millions to groups like ADF, Family Policy Alliance, Eagle Forum, and Concerned Women for America. ADF and the Family Policy Alliance then disburse funds to state anti-LGBTQ groups and Eagle Forum and CWA use their networks of state chapters to help out the cause. And the state and local groups rely on messaging and experts from national organizations like ADF, FRC, and Heritage to make their case to activists and lawmakers"

"Donors, and more importantly the public have a right to know that NCF is a major player in a strong and concerted network of anti-LGBT forces working to block progress and eradicate equality at all levels of governement," added Fleming. "Accountable for Equality will continue to expose the hypocrisy and hate of the National Christian Foundation and their network of bigoted organizations."

You can read the full report at accountableforequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Blocking-Progress-Advancing-Hate-A-Look-into-the-Vast-Anti-LGBT-Network-Final.pdf .

You can view the advertisements at www.dropbox.com/sh/0jc0okltq7aqeck/AACxeWCcaK7EoRgDe2CIyeN-a .

—From a press release


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