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.



When his book Ender's Game was transformed into a Hollywood movie this year, author Orson Scott Card could have helped protect the potential blockbuster film from a threatened boycott by renouncing his antigay past. But he kept mum. All this proves is that Card is a true, ardent homophobe. No amount of money or risk to the livelihoods of others could persuade him to reconsider his belief that people are made gay through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse. He's not going to stop believing that "regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy." In the end, the film wasn't a blockbuster even though its backers went out of their way to ensure a weary public that Card wouldn't make a cent from ticket sales for the movie. They probably saw what was coming when DC Comics had to shelve a new story for the Adventures of Superman series over bad press because Card had been hired to write it. The artist who was supposed to illustrate the comic quit the project in March over Card's participation. And stores had promised not to stock the issue if Card stayed on as author. — Lucas Grindley