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, 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.

July 21 2015 2:19 PM Updated

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.

May 15 2015 5:00 PM

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.

April 14 2015 2:55 PM

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.'

February 23 2015 2:30 PM

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

February 11 2015 7:18 PM

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.

February 13 2014 7:34 PM

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.

December 17 2013 4:10 PM

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

December 03 2013 7:24 PM

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.

November 19 2013 3:36 PM

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

November 16 2013 1:02 PM