Frequently Asked Questions
A: When the gay rights movement began in the U.S., the focus was on liberating homosexual people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and we believe this mission is still relevant enough to warrant its own movement. Today—with more and more letters being added to the acronym, growing condemnation of homosexuality as “exclusionary” or “transphobic,” and many heterosexual people now calling themselves “queer” to describe their sexual practices, fetishes, or personality traits—we feel there is an increased need to return to activism that specifically targets homophobia.
A: We stand for the human rights of all people, including those who identify as trans, and have nothing against them as individuals. Our opposition is to gender ideology, which denies the material reality, significance, and immutability of biological sex. Without acknowledging sex, we cannot acknowledge same-sex orientation, same-sex rights, or sexism.
A: While most trans-identified individuals are not harming anyone on an individual level, gender ideology has led to great harms against women, children, and LGB people, especially lesbians. For evidence, please see our Sources page.
A: We fully acknolwedge that trans-identified people face discrimination, like all gender-nonconforming individuals, on the basis of gender nonconformity. While we do not recognize subjective self-identification as a basis for institutional oppression, we are passionate advocates for gender nonconformity and fully support the right of everyone, regardless of identity or lack thereof, to express themselves freely outside the constraints of gender roles through their preferred appearances, clothing, names, interests, mannerisms, personalities, and cultural practices. We firmly oppose all political, legal, religious, and social efforts to uphold the regressive gender constructs that create such distress for dysphoric, gender-nonconforming, and trans-identified individuals.
A: This article explains our stance.
A: We consider them as much a part of the LGB community as anyone else and invite them to join our advocacy for same-sex rights.
A: Just as the civil rights movement did not abolish racism, nor have women’s rights abolished misogyny, the legal recognition of same-sex marriage has not abolished homophobia in the U.S. or any other country. We are up against millennia of discrimination against same-sex orientation, and institutional oppression does not disappear overnight, regardless of the laws in place. Homophobia remains deeply embedded in all sociopolitical structures, and while the U.S. now recognizes same-sex marriage, it is one of only 29 countries that does (while conversely, 96 countries allow people to legally change their "gender"). In fact, as of 2021, 69 countries still criminalize homosexuality.
A: While we are not legally affiliated with them, we are one of many national LGB Alliances developing across the globe and consider the UK charity our “parent” organization, aiming to uphold the same mission of LGB advocacy.
A: No. While our founding members and volunteers are largely left-leaning, we are a nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting LGB people across all political and ideological spectrums. We do, however, strongly oppose any party or institution that threatens same-sex rights or women’s bodily autonomy.
Stay tuned for updates!
We have not yet expanded into state chapters. If you are involved in a local LGB-focused organization or interested in starting one and would like to partner with us, please contact us.
At this time, we are unable to provide legal resources or advice. We recommend contacting attorneys in your area who handle civil rights litigation.
As we grow our organization, we will be aiming to provide direct resources for parents through LGBA USA. Currently there are several organizations dedicated to assisting parents of gender-questioning children—please visit the Resources for Parents section of our Sources page.