A Guide to The Usual Suspects

This is an alphabetical listing of individuals, groups and organizations that consistently disperse and/or distribute lies, misinformation or ideologically driven anti-transgender propaganda about transgender individuals, identity and public policies that support civil rights protections for those who are gender divese.

It’s important to know that among many of these organizations, there is no differentiation between being gay and being transgender, as they believe all LGBTQ-spectrum identies are simply subsets of the “gay agenda”.


Abiding Truth Ministries / R. Scott Lively
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate

Anti-LGBT hate monger and Christian extremist R. Scott Lively statement in support of Russia’s oppressive anti-LGBT laws:

“The beauty of the Russian law is it cuts right to the heart of the real problem of LGBT advocacy: the recruitment of children… What I mean is the normalization of homosexual conduct and culture to children and youths, leading them to engage in homosexual experimentation among themselves and subsequently self-identify as “gay.”

He/They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Advance America
“Advance America is [Indiana’s] largest pro-family, pro-church, pro-private and home school, and pro-tax reform organization.”

This organization is far right wing Christian extremist, engaging in anti-transgender hate, oppression and incitement of others to violate the human and civil rights of transgender children, youth and adults. They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth.


Alliance Defending Freedom
Religious Extremist/Legal Activism

“It is not enough to just win cases; we must change the culture, and the strategy of Alliance Defending Freedom ensures lasting victory.”

American College of Pediatricians
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group/Pseudo-Medical Propaganda

“It is the position of the American College of Pediatricians that young children who present with a complaint of feeling as if they were born into the body of the opposite sex, or who exhibit behaviors predominantly identified with the opposite sex be evaluated extensively, along with their nuclear families.  This should be done by a competent mental health professional  who can sort out and address psychopathology and who does not have a bias to recruit the patient to an opposite gender identity… There is published evidence that psychotherapy can realign the patient to heterosexual orientation if that is what the patient and family wish to do.”

Their positions are dangerous to all children and youth

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH)
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate

“Peter LaBarbera, 52, is president of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas.”

“Perhaps the depression and suicidal ideation that gender-confused teens, post-op “transsexuals,” and homosexuals experience results in part from societal disapproval, but perhaps their anguish results at least in part from apprehension of the truth that God has written on their hearts regarding homoerotic activity, cross-dressing, and bodily mutilation.”

AFTAH published and supported the following commentary by Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute. It was in response to the suicide of an Ohio transgender teen who had been rejected by their extremist Christian family:

“There is no evidence that [the teen’s] parents abused him [intentionally misgendering her] or even rejected him [emphasis theirs]. They rejected his belief that his desire to be a girl signified something true and good. They rejected [the teen’s] belief that his desire to be a girl should be affirmed as central to his identity. And they rejected his request to pursue bodily mutilation.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

American Vision
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate

The following letter to California Governor Jerry Brown is posted on the American Vision website. It is related to California Assembly Bill 1266 which protected transgender student rights:

“In attempting to protect “transgender” students, you have not only helped consign them to living their life as a lie, but you have also risked the safety of a host of other children out there. So when will you resign? Will it be when the first messed up “transgender” kid commits suicide because they were led to believe a lie about themselves as a result of your legislation? Will it be when the first sexual harassment or abuse case emerges as a result of the law you have signed? Or will you repent and repeal the law before such situations arise?”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Breitbart News
Far Right Conservative “News”/Far Right Conservative Opinion

Excerpt from an anti-transgender 2015 article written by Thomas D. Williams, PhD:

“When nature is removed from the equation the only thing left is personal self-expression, which can take on as many forms as there are human beings. Society’s pathological fear of offending others by calling a spade a spade and a sickness a sickness has left us in the impossible situation of supporting every whim imaginable, even to the point of amputating limbs, calling boys girls and helping people kill themselves.”

Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM)
Religious Extremist/International Anti-Trans Hate Group

General Assembly Fights Back Against Sexual Left:
“The [United Nations] General Assembly this year was one of the most socially conservative in recent memory. The sexual left has been wrangling with delegates at the General Assembly for years, because countries inevitably find their suggestions distasteful and inappropriate. But, with the help of influential friends in Europe and the USA the sexual revolutionaries always manage to make some normative gains, however minor. This year they were denied any progress at all… Sexual orientation and gender identity was kept out of all resolutions, a sound defeat for homosexual pressure groups.”

Chalcedon Foundation
Religious Extremist/Christian Absolutist

“We believe that the whole Word of God must be applied to all of life. It is not only our duty as individuals, families and churches to be Christian, but it is also the duty of the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion. We must live by His Word, not our own.”

Christ The King Convenant Presbyterian Church (Larkspur, Colorado)
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group

“The word of God is quite clear. He’s destroyed every culture that has embraced homosexuality. The sin is similar to that of cannibalism and child molestation in the sense that it’s a sin against society.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

“DIRT” aka Lynn M. Baker


Family Policy Institute of Washington
Religious Extremist/Far Right Cultural Conservative

“The Family Policy Institute of Washington works to unite a coalition of allied national and local organizations to create public policy that recognizes and respects the significance and sanctity of the family.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Family Research Council
Religous Extremist/Far Right Cultural Conservative/Anti-Trans Hate Group

Mission of Organization:
“Family Research Council’s mission is to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”

From “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement“:

“In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes… The first wave of this attack came from the modern feminist movement and the second from the homosexual movement. The third wave of this assault on the sexes has been an attack on a basic reality–that all people have a biological sex, identifiable at birth and immutable through life, which makes them either male or female.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Family Research Institute
Religious Extremis/Anti-Trans Hate Group

“Family Research Institute is a non-profit scientific and educational corporation that believes the strength of our society depends on preserving America’s historic moral framework and the traditional family. FRI is working to produce sound, scientific data on pressing social issues — especially homosexuality — in an effort to promote traditional policies. We welcome all who would join in the fight to restore a world where marriage is upheld and honored, where children are nurtured and protected, and where homosexuality is not taught and accepted, but instead is discouraged and rejected at every level.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Family Watch International
Religious Extremist

“Preserve and promote the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman as the societal unit that provides the best outcome for men, women and children.”

Gender Identity Watch
Anti-Trans Hate Blog/Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF)

“Gender Identity Watch is a blog devoted to tracking legislation and case law that attempts to codify “gender identity” into law and to override protections based on sex.  Contributors to Gender Identity Watch are lawyers who apply a radical feminist analysis to gender, but who also are aware of the compromise that comes from interaction with legislatures and the courts.”

The following post by frequent contributor Linda V. Shanko (under the pseudonym GallusMag – TRIGGER WARNING) is but one of many examples of posts containing misrepresentations of fact and conflation of crimes committed by cisgender male predators with everyday, non-invasive use of gender segregated facilities by transgender girls and women.

“One of the tropes Transjacktivists use to promote and legalize their desire to eliminate female spaces is to assert that males with GID are speshul snowflakes or claim that males wouldn’t adopt transgenderism in order to prey on women. Or that males who are arrested repeatedly for getting off on watching women perform intimate activities (in places they assume they are free from males) wouldn’t go through the trouble of putting on a wig that makes those same activities legal.” 

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Generations with Vision
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Radio

“There are no professionals on this program. There are no psychiatrists, professional counsellors, bureaucrats, and seminary professors. But you will find fathers, mothers, grandparents, pastors, and friends. We are introducing modern life to a different social context. We also assume the existence of God and the foolishness of human thought without the benefit of transcendent truth.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (H.O.M.E.)
Anti-Trans Hate/Anti-LGB Hate

A H.O.M.E. suggested letter from parents to their LGBT child:

“Now, if you feel that you have to engage in homosexual activity, as long as you are living in our house we must insist you don’t. If you go ahead and do so, you will create problems… And if you are living outside of our home, and you choose to flaunt the fact that you engage in homosexual activity, that will also create embarrassing problems. No moral family is going to be very welcoming to members of that family who loudly and proudly engage in immoral activity… It will be much easier to include and welcome you in family functions (though it could still be awkward) if you are discreet about your homosexual activity. Needless to say, any homosexual lovers/partners you have will not be welcome at family functions… Actions have consequences. Choices have consequences.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society
Religious Extremist/Far Right Cultural Conservative

“Even if Republicans were to succeed in constitutionally defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman, some judge somewhere would soon discover a novel meaning for ‘man’ or ‘woman’… This is already happening in custody cases involving transsexuals. Britain’s Gender Recognition Bill now allows transsexuals to alter their birth certificates to indicate they were born the gender of their choice.  “The practical effect of the bill will inevitably be same-sex marriage,” writes Melanie Phillips of the Daily Mail.  “‘Man’ and ‘woman’ will no longer mean anything other than whether someone feels like a man or a woman.  As a result, priests may unwittingly marry people of the same sex.”

Illinois Family Institute
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate/Far-Right Cultural Conservative

“We oppose efforts to include “sexual orientation” as a category for preferential status under civil rights statutes at the federal, state and local levels. We support a full repeal of SB 3186, a law which adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Illinois’ Human Rights Act. We believe such laws invariably erode the freedom of people of faith and others who oppose homosexuality and normalizing gender confusion (“transgenderism”) as a matter of conscience.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Liberty Counsel
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group/Legal Activism

“Today Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Fairfax County, Virginia, for illegally changing its nondiscrimination policy so that it conflicts with the state’s policy… The board added “sexual orientation” on November 6, 2014, and again added “gender identity” on May 7, 2015, of which the school failed to even define its intended meaning.”

Mass Resistance
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group/Anti-Trans Legislative Activism

From the Mass Resistance website “About Us” page [Emphasis theirs]:

Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr once described us as a “hardcore pro-family group.” Through uncompromising first-hand reporting we expose the agendas and horrors targeting children in schools and the institutions of society. We provide analysis so the average person understands what’s really happening. And we give citizens and activists everywhere the tools and strategy to effectively confront the anti-family forces against them.

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Pacific Justice Institute
Religious Extremist/Legal Activism

“Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.”

Parents Rights in Education Oregon
Anti-Trans Youth Propaganda/Far Right Cultural Conservative

“Though it is unclear who exactly crafted this draft policy document, resources for school personnel and families referenced within it include the Portland-based organization TransActive; the same organization which, on July 9, 2015, expressed support of Oregon taxpayer-funded gender transformation/reassignment surgery for minors without parental consent. In addition, TransActive Executive Director Jenn Burleton was a 2013 keynote speaker at the controversial Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference… Parents’ Rights in Education would like to know how allowing a “transgendered boy” into a locker room full of young girls is considered “best practice” and how does this provide a safe and civil environment for these young girls?”

Their positions are dangerous to all children and youth


Pray In Jesus Name Project aka Gordon James Klingenschmitt
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Propaganda

Gordon James Klingenschmitt (aka “Dr. Chaps”) is the national TV show host of PIJN NEWS on the NRB network, affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University, and the former Navy Chaplain who dared to pray “in Jesus’ name.”

“Dr. Chaps” authored the following petition to Congress in opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA):

“Nancy Pelosi admitted ENDA is a “bathroom bill” that forces women and little girls nationwide to share public bathrooms and locker rooms with cross-dressing men. ENDA would punish any Christian employer with fines, penalties, and lawsuits for “segregation” and “discrimination” if they disagree. Gender confusion is a spiritual and psychological disorder that needs proper counseling…”

He/They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

The Ruth Institute
Religious Extremist/Far Right Cultural Conservative

“For the past fifty years, the Sexual Revolution has torn families apart through divorce, cohabitation, out of wedlock childbearing, abortion and pornography. The “gay marriage” issue is but one strand of a larger cultural problem of the Sexual Revolution and the destruction of marriage. A whole generation suffers from childhood wounds, and from participation in the toxic sexual culture. Loneliness and cynicism are among the widespread results of the Sexual Revolution.”

Save California
Religious Extremist/Far Right Cultural Conservative

“SaveCalifornia.com is a leading West Coast nonprofit, nonpartisan organization standing strong for moral virtues for the common good. We represent children and families in the areas of marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.”

Sons of Thundr (Faith Baptist Church)
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group

“WE WILL continue to scorn, mock, rebuke and dispute with the sodomites [homosexuals] and we will never accept the wicked act of so-called “Gay Marriage”! You may continue to turn the Truth of God into a lie and you may never return to the closet, BUT YOU WILL NOT ESCAPE THE MESSAGE !
Romans 1:26-32″
They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Traditional Values Coalition
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group/Far Right Conservative

“For over 30 years, TVC has warned that the homosexual agenda has nothing to do with toleration.  These people are demanding acceptance of their lewd and sick lifestyle, and they are willing to wage a ruthless war of extermination against Christianity in the public square to get what they want.”

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Truth In Action Ministries/D. James Kennedy Ministries
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group

Truth in Action Ministries is a ministry that educates, motivates and activates believers to understand God’s truth, apply it to their daily lives, and transform their culture for Christ.

United Families International
Far Right Conservative/Anti-Trans Extremist

“United Families International is devoted to maintaining and strengthening the family. By strengthening the family, communities, states and nations are strengthened.”

Family:  Respect for existing law, political structure, religion and cultural norms that preserve the family.

Marriage:  Respect for marriage between a man and a women founded on chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage

Westboro Baptist Church
Religious Extremist/Anti-Trans Hate Group

Their hate speech is too extreme to quote & at the furthest extremes of religious ideology.

They pose an EXTREME danger to all children and youth

Wisconsin Family Council


This blog is maintained by TransActive Gender Center, a leading national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and other resources and services to gender diverse children, youth, their families and the communites in which they live.




Author: jennburleton

Jenn Burleton is the founder and executive director of TransActive Gender Center. An internationally recognized educator and authority on diverse gender identity in children, youth and adults, she is a passionate advocate for the civil and human rights of gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents, teens and their families. She lives in the Pacific Northwest United States with her partner of more than 30 years.

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