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04/18/2013

Illinois' top 'pro-family' activist posts vicious meme from rabidly anti-LGBT Facebook group #glaadcap

by Jeremy Hooper

"Heterosexuals Inspiring Pride" is a truly nasty Facebook group that creates vicious meme graphics. Describing itself like so...

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…this group has created graphics that attempt to connect gays to NAMBLA, that paint us as diseased, that say we are "changeable," and more. This is the kind of thing you will find on this site:

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And that's not even the worst one. It's seriously one of the most fringe Facebook pages you could find. I'm actually a little surprised it's still up (but it is, if you want to take a look).

So who is a fan and has chosen to share one of the page's viciously anti-trans graphics? Why none other than David Smith, the president of the Illinois Family Institute and current leader against the state's marriage bill. On his own page, David Smith shared this HIP graphic and link:

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So for one, this tells me that Mr. Smith is actively following this shocking Facebook page. For another, it shows me that he has no intention of stopping his cause at just marriage, despite what his allies might try to persuade the legislators considering the current bill. And overall, it shows me exactly why LGBT people need respectful treatment in law: because people like David Smith are spending considerable time and energy trying to demean us in exceedingly nasty ways.

If this is who this Illinois heterosexual inspires pride, the count me among the proudly un-HIP.

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