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