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Better Know Bachmann: Homosexuality is “Part of Satan”

HRC Backstory this week highlighted some of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s more egregious statements about the LGBT community. In order to defend her thoughts on the LGBT community, Bachmann had this to say at the EdWatch National Education Conference in 2004:

"Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders."

She then continues on to characterize homosexuality as “a sad life,” “sexual anarchy,” and “part of Satan.”

Words like this have emotional and social consequences, particularly when it comes from an elected official. Such anti-gay rhetoric creates a toxic environment that can make LGBT people believe they aren’t worthy of the same legal rights and love that all Americans deserve.

Learn more about HRC’s work to call out incidents of homophobia and transphobia through the Call it Out campaign.

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