Every weekend we bring you a round up of either the best LGBT moments from the week before -- our "Something To Celebrate" series -- or, as you'll see below, the worst anti-LGBT stories from the last seven days in our "Know Thine Enemy" feature.
You can think of "Know Thine Enemy" as a primer filled with the anti-LGBT rhetoric being leveled against us, as a reminder of how far we still have to go, and maybe even as a chance to have a laugh (because let's be honest, some of this stuff is so ridiculous it's pretty hilarious).
Check out 10 of the stories we covered this week below -- all in one convenient slideshow -- and let us know who you think the biggest enemy of the LGBT community was in the comments section.
Hurricane Isaac Is God's Punishment For 'Homosexual Agenda,' Says Pastor, Locals
A number of Christian extremists are openly linking Hurricane Isaac's life-threatening weather to New Orleans' annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival. Isaac's arrival -- a full seven years after the devastating Hurricane Katrina -- coincides with Southern Decadence, which is often billed as the "Gay Mardi Gras" and draws an estimated 120,000 LGBT visitors to the city each year. "The hurricane is scheduled to hit the New Orleans area on Wednesday, Aug. 29 which is the beginning of an annual homosexual event in New Orleans called 'Southern Decadence,'" Defend & Proclaim The Faith's Pastor John McTernan writes in a blog. "Isaac, of course, is a biblical name meaning laughter." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/hurricane-isaac-southern-decadence-gay-festival-new-orleans_n_1843636.html" target="_hplink"> You can read the full story here</a>.
Catholic Church In Scotland Makes Homophobic Move
The Roman Catholic Church has sent a letter to its parishes across Scotland protesting a political race to legalize same-sex marriage. The letter was read Sunday (Aug. 26) by priests in 500 Catholic parishes urging Scotland's political leaders to "sustain rather than subvert marriage" and to reaffirm that "marriage is a unique, lifelong union between a man and a woman." Scotland is caught up in a debate over whether it should become the first segment of Britain to legalize gay marriage, ahead of England and Wales. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/catholic-church-in-scotland-gay-marriage_n_1834908.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
GOP Approves Ban On Gay Marriage, Abortion For Platform
Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs. The document opens by warning that while the American Dream has long been of equal opportunity for everyone, "Today that American Dream is at risk." It pledges that the GOP will "begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes and regulates." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/platform-abortion_n_1837571.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
'That's So Gay' Has Lasting Impact For LGBT Youth, Study Finds
"That's so gay" has been part of the adolescent lexicon for some time, but a new University of Michigan study has revealed the phrase could have deep consequences for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. Published in the current issue of the Journal of American College Health, the study reportedly examined the impact of hearing "that's so gay" among 114 LGBT students between the ages of 18 and 25, CBS Detroit is reporting. The resulting data found that LGBT students who heard the phrase frequently were more likely to feel isolated and experience headaches, poor appetite or eating problems than those who didn't. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/thats-so-gay-phrase-impact-lgbt-youth_n_1837330.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Pat Robertston Says Democratic Party Must Be 'Out Of Its Mind' To Support Gay Marriage
he Democratic party might be "out of [its] mind" to support same-sex marriage, Pat Robertson has declared. As Right Wing Watch reports, the notorious anti-gay pundit's remark came as was commenting on a segment of "The 700 Club," which reported on the Coalition of African-American Pastors' (CAAP) professed opposition to marriage equality. Robertson asked, "To think that the Democratic Party would put in their platform support of gay marriage, you just say: what are they thinking about, what are they thinking about?" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/pat-robertson-democratic-party-gay-marriage_n_1836781.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story here</a>.
'The New Normal' Slammed By One Million Moms
"The New Normal" doesn't make its official NBC premiere for another two weeks, yet advance criticism of the show's gay plotlines and characters continues to build ahead of its debut. As Right Wing Watch reports, notorious right-wing pundit Bryan Fischer featured Monica Cole of One Million Moms, the infamous women's subgroup of the American Family Association, on his "Focal Point" show. Cole proceeded to slam the show for "[continuing] to attack Christian values, conservative values, the traditional family...you cannot recreate the biological will." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/the-new-normal-one-million-moms-slammed-gay-content_n_1834694.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story here</a>.
Louisana Lawmaker Wants University To Ax LGBT Studies Minor
A Louisiana lawmaker is facing a tirade of criticism after pressing a local university to drop its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies minor with claims that the subject matter doesn't prepare students for future jobs. In a letter to University of Louisana at Lafayette's president, Rep. Jeff Landry writes, "I want our young people prepared for workforce and the LGBT minor does not assist them toward that goal...our neighbors and students should trust that the education dollars they spent at University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be used to further their careers, not a political agenda." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/jeff-landry-louisiana-representative-lgbt-studies-minor_n_1834134.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
'Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick' From Focus On The Family May Contain Anti-LGBT Language
Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization known for its vocal opposition of so-called "homosexual activist groups," has released a new "Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick" in partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The document aims to help parents and teachers evaluate their anti-bullying policies and make sure the rights of all are protected. However, analysis by ThinkProgress concludes the Yardstick may feature "an elaborate scheme to ensure religious bullying is protected in schools while students most likely to be targeted for harassment are made more vulnerable," namely, LGBT students. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/01/anti-bullying-policy-yardstick-released-by-focus-on-family-controversial_n_1847964.html" target="_hplink"> Read the full story here</a>.
Victoria Jackson Sounds Off On Todd Akin's Rape And Abortion Comments, Gay Lifestyles
Reacting to the controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments regarding rape and abortion, former "Saturday Night Live" star and conservative activist Victoria Jackson said on Wednesday that if she were raped she would have the baby because it "would be a blessing," noting that the baby "has its own DNA" and is "not the father's DNA." And responding to a HuffPost Gay Voices blog post from a former friend who said he ended their friendship because of her views on homosexuality, Jackson said she doesn't "think people should identify themselves by their sexual life." <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/victoria-jackson-todd-akin-rape-abortion_n_1847852.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.
Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Anti-Gay Hate Crime
A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to a brutal attack on a gas station customer he believed was gay. Everett Dwayne Avery, 36, admitted he struck the victim in the face, fracturing his eye socket, at a Detroit BP franchise in March 2011. The victim, identified by <em>Gay Star News</em> as Justin Alesna, had apparently been standing in line behind Avery. Worrying that the victim was standing too close, Avery reportedly hurled a range of anti-gay slurs before attacking Alesna. Avery's case makes him the second person to have been prosecuted under Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009. <a href="www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/everett-dwayne-avery-michigan-anti-gay-hate-crime_n_1844186.html" target="_hplink">Read the full story here</a>.