Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
Today HRC is calling out Larry Jacobs and Paul Cameron, American extremists working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn.
As managing director, Larry Jacobs is the most visible public face for the World Congress of Families, one of the most influential groups in America promoting and coordinating anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology and legislation abroad. WCF has advocated for anti-choice and anti-LGBT legislation from Australia to Eastern Europe to Africa.
“The World Congress of Families coordinates a dangerous group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric and promoting laws and policies that criminalize LGBT people and the speech of those who support them,” said Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s director of Global Engagement. “They praise Vladimir Putin as the standard-bearer for traditional ‘family values’ and honored a Nigerian activist who claims LGBT advocates conspire with the terrorist group Boko Haram with a “Woman of the Year” award. Their advocacy abroad harms LGBT people from Russia to Nigeria and beyond. Hate is not an American value, and we must expose and work to stop the World Congress of Families and their extremist allies.”
WCF claims to stand for dignity, tolerance and compassion, but hate is neither an American value nor a family value. We reject the World Congress of Families’ assertion that it represents either.
The Family Research Institute is essentially a one-man operation for Paul Cameron and his son, who serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Cameron holds a doctorate in psychology, which he uses as armament in his war on LGBT equality, despite the fact that he was expelled from the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association. In 2008, Cameron has peddled his “research” in Russia and Eastern Europe. More recently, the authors of Uganda’s so-called “Kill the Gays” bill cited Cameron’s research. In February, Cameron reiterated his support of the Uganda legislation as such:
“I’m not advocating the death penalty. I’m saying I’m open to it, depending on what the legislature of a given country decides. One must understand those who act on their homosexual desires or interests usually end up being parasites on society, and parasites that are very dangerous for society, not only because they take far more than they contribute to society by they particularly injure children… I have no particular, nor my colleague, any particular stand on this except to say this is not an unreasonable thing, especially we consider, as we’re looking right now, at news reports all across the world regarding those with homosexual interests in children have done to children.”
We cannot allow these American extremists to continue to propogate their bigotry unchecked. Join HRC is spreading the truth about Larry Jacobs and Paul Cameron’s international missions of hate. Read the complete Exporters of Hate report now.