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.



If we gave out an award for the single worst thing anyone said all year, Pat Robertson would get that award. But it would be hard to pick which of his comments was 2013's most offensive. There was his conspiracy theory in August about gay death rings. Basically, Robertson suggested that men in San Francisco wear very sharp rings that could cut you during a handshake and spread HIV. Or, in July, he advised one 700 Club viewer to never "like" a social-media photo of a gay couple kissing because it would equate to condoning their relationship. "To me, I would punch 'Vomit,' not 'Like,' but they don't give you that option on Facebook." Robertson denied he's antigay and said that he actually has "thousands" of gay fans who watch his show looking "to have a better way." Yes, you read that correctly. Pat Robertson believes thousands of LGBT people watch his show in hopes it will turn them straight. Lately, he's been spouting new antigay things that we've never heard before. But he also reliably returns to old homophobic myths, like the time in November when he advised a parent whose son came out to investigate his sports coaches in case the son had been molested. Then for those who missed his baseless belief that people turn gay because of child abuse, in December he told a viewer whose nephew had come out that he may have been molested, and the best fix is to show him the Bible. And just this week he advised a woman to be wary of letting her children meet a lesbian friend of hers, as "you don’t want your children to grow up as lesbians." By the way, over the years, Robertson is a repeat Phobie winner. — Lucas Grindley