Southern Poverty Law Center

Discover the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an American civil rights organization founded in 1971 by Morris Dees and Joseph Levin. The group has been instrumental in tracking the records of various hate groups that target minorities, including antigay, racist, and anti-Semitic groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, Westboro Baptist Church, and American Vision as among the groups opposed to LGBT rights and the gay community. Learn more about the Center and other groups that help further the cause of equality within the United States.
Ashley Diamond, Black Trans Woman Suing for Safety, Allegedly Raped in Ga. Prison Again
August 31 2015 6:55 PM ET

Ashley Diamond Allegedly Assaulted in Prison Again

Ashley Diamond, 36, has called the repeated rapes she's allegedly endured in men's prisons 'torture.' Despite her other legal victories, she's still not safe.

'Sodomite Semen' Pastor's Church Joins List of Hate Groups

'Sodomite Semen' Church: Officially a Hate Group

Pastor James David Manning's ATLAH World Missionary Church is one of four newcomers to the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of anti-LGBT hate groups.

WATCH: Fired for Refusing to Wear 'Women's Clothes,' Louisiana Trans Man Files Suit

Trans Man Fired for Refusing to Wear 'Women's Clothes'

A week into his job for First Tower Loan, Tristan Broussard says he was told to sign a form saying he would dress and act like a 'female' at work.

WATCH: Incarcerated Trans Woman Sues Georgia Prisons Over Repeated Rapes, Hormone Denial

WATCH: Incarcerated Trans Woman Sues Prisons Over Repeated Rapes

Ashley Diamond and the Southern Poverty Law Center are fighting the trans woman of color's treatment in several Georgia state men's prisons, arguing it is 'cruel and unusual.'

N.J. Judge: Illegal to Call Being Gay a 'Mental Disorder'

N.J. Judge: Illegal to Call Being Gay a 'Mental Disorder'

Now, in an ongoing lawsuit, a jury will determine whether an 'ex-gay therapy' provider made such a claim.

Marriage Recognition Suit Filed in Alabama

Marriage Recognition Suit Filed in Alabama

A suit filed in federal court on behalf of a gay widower seeks to overturn the state's statutory and constitutional bans on recognition of same-sex marriages.

WATCH: Miss. Teen Bullied by Classmates, Teachers; Files Suit Against School

WATCH: Miss. Teen Bullied by Classmates, Teachers

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a Mississippi school district repeatedly ignored a student's pleas for help combating the bullying to which she was routinely subjected.

WATCH: Bill O'Reilly Lauds Antigay Group's Work in 'War on Christmas'

WATCH: Bill O'Reilly Lauds Antigay Group's Work in 'War on Christmas'

On his show Monday, O'Reilly praised the antigay Alliance Defending Freedom for helping him fight back in the supposed war on Christmas.

'Ex-Gay' Therapist Leading Air Force Academy's Cadet Counseling

'Ex-Gay' Therapist Leading Air Force Academy's Cadet Counseling

Mike Rosebush has spent more than two decades advocating for the discredited therapeutic practice that aims to turn gay people straight. He's now the head of the cadet counseling program at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

School Agrees to Publish Tuxedo-Clad Student's Photo

School Agrees to Publish Tuxedo-Clad Student's Photo

After action by LGBT rights groups, transgender student Jeydon Loredo will have his senior portrait, with him wearing a tuxedo, in his school yearbook.

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