In a new report, researchers at the Southern Poverty Law Center say they have identified a network of more than 60 organizations pushing anti-LGBTQ+ disinformation, as well as 100 of their most common sources of “junk” science.
SPLC published the report, titled Combating Anti-LGBTQ+ Pseudoscience Through Accessible Informative Narratives (CAPTAIN), on Tuesday this week. The anti-hate watchdog group said the CAPTAIN report is intended to document an extensive network of right-wing propaganda and pseudoscience, all of which is aimed at rolling back the clock for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. and abroad.
“We show how this network of anti-LGBTQ+ actors have built a political and PR machine that twists data and opinion from a very small minority of the medical community and positions it as mainstream,” said senior research analyst R.G. Cravens in a press release accompanying the report.
Split into six main sections, the report details the most prevalent lines of disinformation, clarifies their roots, and identifies the people and organizations that push false statements about LGBTQ+ people today.