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.
Marriage Recognition Suit Filed in Alabama
February 13 2014 7:34 PM ET

Marriage Recognition Suit Filed in Alabama

Trudy Ring

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
December 17 2013 4:10 PM ET

WATCH: Miss. Teen Bullied by Classmates, Teachers

Sunnivie Brydum

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'
December 03 2013 7:24 PM ET

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

Trudy Ring

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
November 19 2013 3:36 PM ET

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

Sunnivie Brydum

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
November 16 2013 1:02 PM ET

School Agrees to Publish Tuxedo-Clad Student's Photo

Trudy Ring

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

Student Omitted From Yearbook — Possibly for Tuxedo
November 13 2013 5:15 PM ET

Student Omitted From Yearbook — Possibly for Tuxedo

Michelle Garcia

A transgender high school student in Texas was told his yearbook photo was rejected because he wore a tuxedo.

Russia Invites Discredited Antigay Researcher to Offer 'Expert' Testimony
October 29 2013 1:59 PM ET

Russia Considers Discredited Antigay Researcher an 'Expert'

Trudy Ring

Paul Cameron, who has been denounced by major U.S. mental health and civil rights groups, conflated homosexuality and pedophilia in testimony to Russia's Parliament.

Op-ed: Will Illinois Be Left at the Altar — Again?
October 29 2013 3:07 AM ET

Op-ed: Will Illinois Be Left at the Altar — Again?

Andy Thayer

Why Illinois marriage rights activists are putting the pressure on gay state lawmaker Greg Harris.

City Gov. Blocks Lesbian From Opening Gay Bar
October 02 2013 12:33 PM ET

City Gov't Blocks Lesbian From Opening Gay Bar

Michelle Garcia

The bar owner plans to take members of her City Council and mayor to court over the blocking of her permit.

Op-ed: Why We Must Protect Intersex Babies
September 27 2013 5:12 AM ET

Op-ed: Why We Must Protect Intersex Babies

Hida Viloria

Cosmetic genital surgery or sex reassignment surgery on intersex babies is just wrong — case closed.

Op-ed: Angry Intersex People With Signs!
September 18 2013 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Angry Intersex People With Signs!

Riki Wilchins

Is surgery on intersex infants just another form of genital mutilation?

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