Words have consequences. Whether it's a local school board member, a religious organization, national 'advocacy groups' or elected officials, anti-gay vitriol creates a toxic environment that can make LGBT people – particularly youth – think they aren't worthy of the same dignity that all Americans deserve. Check out where HRC is calling out homophobia and how you can get involved.
Advancing equality requires not just legislative progress, but change in communities across the country. HRC’s Call It Out campaign is tackling hateful homophobia and transphobia wherever it occurs – whether it’s irresponsible anti-gay remarks from a rural school board member or a professional athlete using a slur on national television. The path to equality is never easy, but with your help, we’re making a difference. Here’s how:
- In October 2010, when a Mormon Church leader called same-sex attraction “impure and unnatural,” and correctable, HRC and the Utah Pride Center went to Salt Lake City and hand-delivered 150,000 petitions calling on Elder Boyd Packer to correct his dangerous statements. Several weeks later, the Mormon Church removed same-sex attraction from its “list of sins.”
- In October 2010 – at the height of LGBT youth suicides – Midland, AR, School Board Member Clint McCance wrote on his Facebook page: “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed therselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.” HRC set up a Facebook page calling for McCance’s resignation that attracted over 65,000 supporters. Two days later, McCance resigned.
- HRC called out the Republican National Committee when they tried to raise money at the expense of LGBT Americans. An official RNC hate site attacked President Obama for his support of equality issues like DADT repeal, hospital visitation and relationship recognition. The anti-gay content soon disappeared.
- HRC immediately called out basketball star Kobe Bryant after he called a referee a “f***ing f***ot” on the court – a slur caught by TNT cameras. Hours later, Bryant expressed his regret. The NBA fined Bryant a hefty $100,000 for the offensive slur.
- When the law firm King & Spalding agreed to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of House Republicans, HRC planned an educational campaign to ensure King & Spalding’s clients knew of the firm’s anti-gay work. HRC launched an aggressive action campaign to tell Speaker Boehner that Americans didn’t want their tax dollars – an eye-popping $520 an hour – spent on defending discrimination, especially during an economic downturn. Within a week, King & Spalding announced they would no longer take the DOMA case.