Anti-LGBT industry (or Anti-Gay industry) is a term referring to organizations raising noticeable amounts of funding based exclusively on their work opposing the rights of LGBT peoples.
The industry is compromised of conservative religious leaders, advocacy groups and politicians that works on many fronts to restrict the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It does so through organized and orchestrated efforts to promote anti-LGBT legislation at all levels of government and by promoting misinformation about LGBT people for political and/or financial gain.
Coined in early 2005 by Matthew Foreman and Jeffrey Montgomery to classify organizations heavily engaged in anti-LGBT behavior and to explain the financial incentive of conservative organization leaders in encouraging such behavior.
It was based, in part, on observations of the disparities between the amount of money raised by conservative organizations in comparison to the amount spent by those organizations on those issues. Leading to speculation that many individuals and organization financially benefiting from anti-LGBT political practices were more committed to financial gain than any actual outcomes and doubted the ultimate success of their own efforts. It's initial usage was in response to increased attention on such organizations and behavior following the increase in hate crimes against the LGBT communities following the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling.
The term was first used during press coverage of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project's 2005 annual hate crime statistics report.
A number of organizations in the anti-LGBT industry are being documented on WikiQueer, including:
- American Family Association
- Christian Community Foundation, Inc. (also known as "Waterstone")
- Family Research Council
- Focus on the Family
- Traditional Values Coalition
- United Families International
- Westboro Baptist Church
- "Anti-Gay Industry". National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- Michael, Jason (June 2, 2005). "Triangle announces details of 11th annual dinner event". Between The Lines. Retrieved June 14, 2012.