Exposed: The World Congress of Families

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is one of the most influential American organizations involved in the export of hate. Since 1997, WCF has held conferences and events around the world that foster homophobia and transphobia under the guise of protecting the “natural family.”

It is connected to some mainstream conservative organizations and to the very highest levels of government in the countries where it operates.

Active across five continents, WCF's activities range from holding conferences in Nigeria focused on denying rights to LGBTQ people to working to silence the Russian LGBTQ community.

The Salt Lake Tribune; World Congress of Families; WCF

Thanks to WCF's connections, its rhetoric and its willingness to associate with and encourage radically homophobic and transphobic activists, the group has had an outsized influence on anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) sentiment and legislation in many places.

Notorious anti-LGBTQ extremists, such as Scott Lively, Janice Shaw Crouse, Robert Knight, Jennifer Roback Morse and Brian Brown, have been affiliated with the group for many years.

This week, WCF is hosting a conference in Salt Lake City where some of the most virulently anti-LGBTQ extremists from across the country and around the world will gather to share ideas.

Ahead of the conference, HRC hosted its own international conference, the Inclusive Families Conference, to preempt the deeply divisive and destructive anti-LGBTQ animus and collaboration of the anti-LGBTQ hate group and their affiliates. HRC released a new edition of its scathing report on the organization, Exposed: The World Congress of Families.

Additionally, more than 14,000 people added their names to a two-page ad in The Salt Lake Tribune, standing in support of all families and against hate.

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