Southern Poverty Law Center Updates List of Anti-Gay Hate Groups, Adding AFA, FRC, Others…

The Southern Poverty Law Center updated its list of hate groups today, adding 13 new groups.

Splc Writes the SPLC: "These groups’ influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the “facts” they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations.

Here are the additions:

American Family Association, Family Research Council, Illinois Family Institute, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment, Family Research Institute, Abiding Truth Ministries, American Vision, Chalcedon Foundation, Dove World Outreach Center, Faithful Word Baptist Church, Traditional Values Coalition, and MassResistance.

Read their full list of 18 anti-gay hate groups.

With the new designations comes a report that gays remain the minority most targeted by hate crimes.


  1. Joe says

    Adding FRC and AFA are huge wins I think, as they are often cited by bs Republican politicians as credible sources. Now, a poli will have to think twice before citing them.

  2. anon says

    The SPLC is in danger of hurting themselves a bit because they used only list groups that advocated violence, had a history of violence or advocated segregation/Jim Crow style laws. Now they are inclined to simply put on their list groups that want to maintain the status quo but aren’t inclined to violence. The rhetoric might be harsh, but these groups are pretty careful to not advocate violence. Now, would they in their wildest dreams like to conduct violence? An open question certainly. Would they mind if other conducted such violence? Again. It would help if they created a new category, keeping one reserved for the likes of the KKK and the Aryan Nation/Brotherhood and another for harshly right wing types like the AFA. After all, there is nothing now separating these groups from the Republican party, so why not add them to the list as well?

  3. Dave from Chicago says

    @Dave – Westboro has been listed as a “general hate” group by the SPLC for quite some time now. They are considered general hate, not specifically anti-gay, because they also target Jews and Catholics.

  4. BobN says

    “How can Wetboro Baptist Church NOT be included in those hate groups listed by SPLC?”

    I think it’s because they’re so small. It’s just a family operation, a bunch of lawyers going around the country pissing peope off and then suing them when they cross a line.

  5. Michael says

    FFA – Florida Family Association is very anti-gay and they write letters to advertisers in shows that have gay characters.

    This man is probably the worst of the lot.

  6. Tony X says


    HRC should be on the list.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Nov 22, 2010 2:18:01 PM

  7. Whatever says

    “…groups that want to maintain the status quo but aren’t inclined to violence. The rhetoric might be harsh, but these groups are pretty careful to not advocate violence.”

    Because people are (finally!) starting to realize that hate ALWAYS advocates violence. The recent incidents of bullying and suicide have shown people this fact, if they didn’t see it before. The hate these groups advocate tells the bullies that they are right, and pushes the victims into despair. Indirect violence is still violence. Hate harms.

  8. ravewulf says

    Has anyone caught any press releases or statements from these organizations and what they think about being declared hate groups?

    Andy could you post the reactions if/when they turn up? (I’m sure it’ll be a laugh)

  9. Alosjs says


    I don’t even want to know who you are & what you are. I can guess. But I’m not like you.

    I’m just gonna think you are trying to divide everything or you just came here to call attention & be hateful.

    What’s SO FUCKING wrong with people!?

  10. David says

    I am surprised. I wrote to the SPC earlier this year, asking why the AFA was not on their list, and received a very snarky, condescending reply that could almost have been written by Maggie Gallagher.

    Guess I have to unblock their email address now.

  11. Lonnie says

    The WBC is annoying, but they are not a hate group. There’s a huge difference between groups that annoy and groups that incite violence.

    I’m shocked the Democratic Party isn’t listed. After all, they’ve been the biggest obstacle to LGBT equality in the last 40 years. Or maybe that honor should go to the self-loathing queers who vote for Democrats and actually expect them to be “progressive”.

  12. says

    Oh, Lonnie, must you be completely bonkers on every thread you post on? The WBC isn’t a hate group but the Democrats (who in my state legislated my full equality, moron) are. (Conveniently, you always leave the Republicans off the table and the self-loathing it takes to vote for some of those prize candidates.) Between that and someone calling the HRC a hate group you’d think Glenn Beck’s insane following had arrived on Towleroad–perhaps they have.

  13. Thomasina says

    @David: Could part of the problem have been that you didn’t email the correct place? This organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been watching and reporting on anti-gay (and other) hate groups for years–but their abbreviation is SPLC, not SPC.

  14. David says

    “@David: Could part of the problem have been that you didn’t email the correct place? This organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been watching and reporting on anti-gay (and other) hate groups for years–but their abbreviation is SPLC, not SPC.”

    No, I emailed the right place. I left a letter out of my post. The two are not related.

    Now, think about your snarky response – had my email gone to some other organization, would they have even bothered to respond, assuming that the typo email address was even functional? Not likely. And if recipient had responded, would they have gone to the trouble of adding my email address to SPLC’s address list for their regular news bulletins – which suddenly appeared in my email after their snarky reply? And would the recipient have researched the name and title for the SPLC ex who signed the email?

    Think before you snark off next time.

    And if you work for them, disclosing that would be the honest thing to do.

  15. rafi says


    I was inclined to agree with you until I started reading the descriptions of each group. Several are headed by people who support criminalizing homosexuality, some to the extent that they think it should be a death penalty offense. One went to Uganda to preach against homosexuality a month before the Kill Gays bill was introduced.

  16. MajorTom says

    The sheer audacity of these groups is astouding. Stepping back for a moment,objectively, what we have are groups of people who have chosen to adopt a certain set of beliefs. They believe that by virtue of having done so, they have gained the right to pass judgement on the lives of others who may not share these beliefs, and further to work to deprive those with whom they disagree of their legal rights, their dignity, and their feelings of self-worth. And if some of those they persecute are so distressed by that persecution that they kill themselves, it’s only what is deserved for having incited their self-righteous wrath.

    These people are functionally insane and are working hard to install their barbaric beliefs into the foundations of our government. We must stop sniping at each other and focus on the real enemy. We fail to do so at our own peril. I commend the SPLC for focusing a spotlight on these hotbeds of irrationality and hatred.

  17. ophu says

    JUST REMEMBER, one of their primary goals is to get you to hate them back. By this they hope to create a demon they can fight. Don’t let them. They cannot win if they have nothing to fight.

  18. Thomasina says

    @David: Just saw your wildly paranoid and bizarre response to my post. It seems to me that you are in fact the person who needs to scrutinize his posts for signs of your own, shall we say, obsessions. You assumed, wrongly, that I was being “snarky” when in fact I was being sincere, but based on your posts, you apparently have a odd vendetta against the Southern Poverty Law Center that seems to blind you to your own weird and random biases and renders your judgment, even of something as relatively unimportant as the intended tone of internet postings, suspect. I don’t work for the SPLC or even know that much about them, but I do read this website fairly regularly, and for a few years now have seen Towleroad’s reporting on the good work they do. That’s all I was pointing out.