It Wasn’t About Bathrooms, and It’s Not About Women’s Sports

Anti-transgender organizations want to use the machinery of the government to impose gender roles on everyone.

Over the last 28 years, the ADF has defended laws prohibiting same-sex intimacy; opposed marriage, adoption, and surrogacy for same-sex couples; attacked LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, as well as bans on conversion therapy for minors; argued in favor of laws that require transgender people to undergo sterilization before legally changing their gender; challenged access to contraception; and supported the criminalization of abortion at any stage of pregnancy. Its work stretches beyond the United States; ADF has, for instance, championed Belize’s archaic anti-sodomy law, which allows for the persecution and imprisonment of gay people. The ADF’s overarching position on gay people is that they should either be converted to heterosexuality or fired from their jobs and imprisoned because of their sexual orientation. This stance has earned the group a controversial designation as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

U.S. Education Department Sides With Alliance Defending Freedom

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others’ rights

A letter from the department’s civil rights office, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage.

The office said in the 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows athletes to participate under the gender with which they identify. The policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics, the office said.

Department of Education Takes Aim at Trans Athletes

Department of Education Takes Aim at Trans Athletes

An anti-LGBTQ+ group has filed a complaint saying trans high school athletes violate Title IX.

The Department of Education, which is under Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken up an anti-trans complaint filed by an anti-LGBTQ+ legal group in Connecticut. According to the complaint, the school’s trans-inclusive policy has “denied equal athletic benefits and opportunities for girls” says a new AP report.

Anti-LGBT Hate Group Alliance Defending Freedom Defended State-Enforced Sterilization for Transgender Europeans

Anti-LGBT Hate Group Alliance Defending Freedom Defended State-Enforced Sterilization for Transgender Europeans

One component of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) decision to list the legal powerhouse organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as an anti-LGBT hate group is the substance of their work abroad, which has recently included defending — albeit unsuccessfully — European laws requiring the sterilization of transgender citizens seeking administrative recognition of their preferred gender.

Senate Confirms Dangerous Religious Extremist Allison Rushing As Federal Judge | Michael Stone

Senate Confirms Dangerous Religious Extremist Allison Rushing As Federal Judge | Michael Stone:

More of that Christian theocracy: Allison Rushing, a dangerous religious extremist and former warrior for an anti-LGBT hate group, has been confirmed to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge.

This Law Firm Is Linked to Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills Across the Country – NBC News

This Law Firm Is Linked to Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills Across the Country – NBC News:

“Bills have been introduced in 15 states nationwide this year that aim to restrict transgender people’s access to sex-segregated facilities. From Minnesota to New York, many of the legislative bills awaiting votes focus specifically on schools as kids and teens find themselves at the center of a battle over bathrooms.

But many of the so-called ‘bathroom bills’ filed across multiple states closely resemble each other. That’s because many used language strongly similar to the model legislation called the Student Physical Privacy Act drafted by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a powerful conservative Christian law firm with a decades-long track record of litigating against LGBT rights. It’s also been labeled a ‘hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”