For many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, the coming out process can be stressful and terrifying. In fact, close to half of LGBT youth "experience some degree of family rejection," according to the Ali Forney Center for queer youth. These facts make anti-gay group Faith 2 Action's new video spoofing the coming out process even more irresponsible and offensive.
Titled "If You Love Me," the clip begins with a man asking a woman for support.
"I have these desires, these urges, and if I don't act on them, I'm not being true to myself," the man says, invoking phrases often used to describe what it feels like to embrace one's sexuality.
"If you love me, you'll support what I do, who I am," man continues before saying he's an adulterer.
"I'm so proud of you for finally coming out," the newly revealed mistress exclaims.
And it's all downhill from there.
The spoof is followed by the words, "Just because you love someone doesn't mean you endorse everything they do."
The video ends with a clip of anti-gay advocate Peter LaBarbera comparing being gay to being an alcoholic.
On its website, Faith2Action bills itself as being pro-life and pro-family.
Faith2Action is about being faithful where the battle is the hottest–where our Bible-based beliefs and freedoms are most at risk. But beyond defending the issues that are most under attack, Faith2Action is about advancing–taking back ground. Our goal isn’t to just survive the cultural war, but to win it.
The group's president, Janet Porter, is known for controversial books, such as The Criminalization of Christianity. She has also claimed that hate crime legislation -- specifically laws that address hate crimes against the LGBT community -- would protect pedophiles, while sending Christian dissenters to jail.
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