Phobie Awards: The 13 Worst People of the Year

Friday the 13th is upon us, in 2013. Let's review the year's 13 biggest homophobes with The Advocate's annual Phobie Awards.

BY Advocate.com Editors

December 13 2013 4:00 AM ET

PHOBIE AWARD: PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE
This California-based right-wing "Christian" organization came out swinging this year with a bevy of blatant, unapologetically transphobic attacks. In an effort to undermine California's recently passed Student Success and Opportunity Act, which guarantees trans students access to the facilities and sports teams that correspond with their gender identity, the Pacific Justice Institute targeted a transgender 16-year-old in Colorado, claiming she was "harassing" other female students in the bathroom. When the school district and police confirmed that no such harassment took place, the institute amended its claim to contend that the mere presence of a transgender student in the bathroom constituted harassment. The organization then published a video painting the cisgender teenage girls and their parents as the "victims" of this transgender student's so-called insolence. Naturally, the institute is also a key player in the Privacy for All Students campaign, the deceptively named right-wing coalition aiming to repeal California's trans student law. Privacy for All Students is currently attempting to repeal that law through a voter referendum — though initial analysis of the signatures gathered for the initiative makes it not exactly promising that the initiative will qualify for the ballot. If the coalition's campaign to repeal the law at the ballot box fails, the Pacific Justice Institute plans to stall the law's January 1 implementation with legal challenges. The institute's executive director has said on numerous occasions that his organization won't wait until there are actual "victims" of the law. Instead, the group has issued repeated calls to parents of cisgender students who have a classmate who "claims to be a transgender" to "come along side to be a plaintiff at our action." — Sunnivie Brydum

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