NOM Pres­i­dent Brian Brown is tak­ing his anti-LGBT fight global

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

They’re baaaaaaack. The Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mar­riage, that is. And now that the United States has elected a big­oted rage-baby to be our next prez, NOM Pres­i­dent Brian Brown can’t wait to get the anti-gay en­gine restarted.

In fact, Brown has such a rag­ing boner for hurt­ing LGBT peo­ple that he’s tak­ing his fight global.

Brown an­nounced on In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day (be­cause of course) the for­ma­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Fam­ily (IOF). Ac­cord­ing to Brown, IOF is “a coali­tion of al­lies to take the world­wide lead in fight­ing for mar­riage, re­li­gious lib­erty, parental rights, the truth of gen­der and other is­sues cen­tral to the pro-fam­ily move­ment.” In other words, it’s a com­ing to­gether of smaller hate groups across the globe to form one big hate group.

“With the ad­vent of IOF,” Brown wrote in a mes­sage on NOM’s blog, “NOM will be able to fo­cus all our ef­forts here in Amer­ica, where we have tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­shape the cul­ture and le­gal cli­mate for mar­riage. We look for­ward to work­ing with Pres­i­den­t­elect Trump, the Congress and our al­lies in Wash­ing­ton and the states to pur­sue a wide rang­ing agenda on be­half of our is­sues.”

Now, I don’t know if Trump will ac­tu­ally work with NOM to dis­man­tle LGBT rights be­cause I’m not sure Trump cares that much. But it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter. Congress is full of NOM’s friends as are many state gov­ern­ments. We will no doubt see a sus­tained ef­fort to erode LGBT gains. Most likely trans­gen­der and gen­derqueer peo­ple will be hurt the most as “the bath­room wars” con­tinue to rage. Whether you’re the butch­est gay man or the most lip­stick of les­bians, this is your fight, too.

LGBT peo­ple and our al­lies must re­main vig­i­lant. What Brown and his anti-gay ilk aren’t count­ing on is that their fight to take away our rights will be much harder than their fight against us ever gain­ing them in the first place. Be the re­sis­tance you want to see.

Brian Brown

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