MassResistance President Brian Camenker

I’m writing this column on my birthday. My present? John Bolton taking office as Trump’s National Security Advisor. Bolton, who was ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, really wants to go to war with North Korea and Iran. Like, bad. And now we’ve got him whispering into the ear of our dangerously impulsive president. Which should make all of us fear that we won’t make it to our next birthday.

And yet, in the face of potential annihilation, there are still people who think that men kissing men is much worse than men killing men. (Spoiler alert: It isn’t.)

Such are the concerns of MassResistance.

No, MassResistance isn’t when you pretend you’re sleeping and cannot hear your mom hollering that it’s time to go to church (something I spent much of my formative years doing, which must be why I’m gay). Rather, MassResistance is a group battling the so-called homosexual agenda. Because priorities.

It’s all the same rhetoric, and many of the same faces, we’ve been subjected to for decades. In fact, MassResistance just welcomed notorious homophobe Peter LaBarbera to its staff. LaBarbera is president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, an organization that does everything but tell the truth about LGBTQ people.

“It goes without saying that Pete is despised and vilified by the LGBT movement,” crowed MassResistance President Brian Camenker. Which is true! Here I am, vilifying him now: Peter LaBarbera is a villain.

MassResistance prides itself — not in the gay way — on being different from other anti-LGBTQ groups. For one thing, they’re based in Massachusetts, a den of sin and hellfire ever since 2004, when it became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. As you might imagine, in Massachusetts there are no signs on restroom doors, and you have to get gay-married to own property or vote. Only straight people pay taxes.

MassResistance brags on its webpage that the organization’s been described as a “hardcore pro-family group.” They are very clear that they aren’t like those mainstream pro-family groups: “Too many pro-family groups are more interested in being viewed as ‘reasonable’ and ‘not extreme.’”.

MassResistance is so extreme that it managed to get banned from this year’s Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) — even though CPAC is a notorious den of hateful filth — after 2015 remarks Camenker made about LGBTQ people came to light. He said it was totally fine to be “insulting and degrading” toward LGBTQ people because this was a “war” not a “church service.”

So be on the lookout for MassResistance creeps as they pop up in places like public libraries in Texas to fight God’s war against LGBTQ book displays.

And Jesus wept (after the earth was destroyed by nukes because Trump wanted to distract from his incompetence and corruption).

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D'Anne Witkowski
D'Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter