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Meet the 2013 anti-gay Bigots of the Year

Meet the 2013 anti-gay Bigots of the Year

American author Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: ‘The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.’

For as much progress countries and communities are making with regards to marriage equality, homophobic bullying and transgender discrimination, the fight is far from over.

With the rapid-fire speed of social media, it seems someone, somewhere, is always making harmful comments to and about the LGBTI community.

All we need to look at is the hateful messages Tom Daley recieved after coming out earlier this year.

This year we saw politicians, Harvard professors and even the CEO of a pasta company make global headlines for making their homophobic feelings public.

Many justify their anti-gay comments with political and religious ideals, but there’s still no acceptable reason to say and do what some of the following people put out into the world this year.

1. Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist wants Facebook ‘vomit’ button for LGBTI posts

There was no way TV evangelist Robertson wasn’t going to make it to our list. His conservative Christian ideals and anti-gay views won him gay rights group Stonewall’s 2013 Bigot of the Year.

Robertson has compared transgender people to his castrated horse and said gays are just straight people who have ‘forsaken God’.

He has also expressed his desire for a ‘vomit’ button on Facebook so he could show how much he dislikes LGBTI-related posts.

2. Scott Lively, conservative Christian leader and supporter of Uganda’s Anti-Gays Bill

The outspoken Massachusetts-based Christian leader is well-known for being an inspiration for Russia’s anti-gay laws. His views were spread and followed by a series of prohibitions on gay propaganda in Russian. 

Previously he admitted to supporting the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda and the country’s ‘Kill The Gays’ bill.  He is now facing trial in the United States for crimes against humanity.  

He also toured Latvia with a translator wearing a ‘No Pride’ shirt and told Latvian police officers: ‘The gay movement is the most dangerous political movement on earth.’ He publicly said he is proud of all he did. 

3. George Gabauer, UK vicar who refused to baptize lesbian couple’s baby

The Church of England vicar refused to christen a baby boy after both his lesbian parents wanted to register as his mothers.

Instead he wanted one of them to register as a godmother, saying it is illegal for a baby to have two mothers. He also said he ‘feels sorry’ for gay people because they are ‘medically imbalanced’.

4. Winston McKenzie, UKIP candidate against gay adoption

Gay rights organization Stonewall called the UK Independence Party candidate for Croydon North a ‘political obsessive’ after his comments on gay adoption.

McKenzie said it’s ‘not healthy’ for children to be adopted by a gay couple and compared it to throwing ‘children to dogs.’

5. Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor

Early this year Harvard professor Ferguson implied the late British economist John Maynard Keynes did not care about future generations because he was gay and childless. He said Keynes economic views were influenced by his homosexuality.

Ferguson apologized for his comments and said he didn’t mean any harm. However, this was not the first time Ferguson criticized Keynes based on his homosexuality, and students said Ferguson mentioned Keynes’s sexuality during his lectures back in the 90s.

6. Guido Barilla, head of Barrilla Pasta

Earlier this year, Barilla Pasta’s chairman said he would not use gay people in his adverts.

Guido Barilla said the concept of the ‘classic’ family was fundamental and if the LGBTI community didn’t like the concept they could buy pasta from a different brand.

He said he didn’t disrespect gay people but however, they don’t think the same way. Barilla later apologized for his comments but it was already too later as millions of Italians campaigned to boycott the brand.

Check out Barilla’s apology speech:

7. Homophobic subway preacher

A preacher in a New York City subway car referred to gay people as an ‘abomination’ and ‘sick’.

People ignored the bigot and waited for him to go away but one gay passenger stood up and said: ‘I’m a good man! And I’m a gay man and Jesus loves me!’

Check out the video below:

8. US Senator Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said earlier this year being anti-gay doesn’t make him a bigot. 

However, according to OnTheIssues.org: He is against gay parents being fosters parents; is opposed to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA); supports a federal amendment to prevent same-sex marriage; and supports banning homosexuals in the military.