Anti-LGBT rhetoric

themes, catchphrases, and slogans that have been used against homosexuality or other non-heterosexual sexual orientations and to demean lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people

Anti-LGBT rhetoric is a kind of speech that is directed against LGBT people. Most of the time, it is used against homosexuality. People who use it often have the image that marriage and relationships should be between a man and a woman; they are against same-sex marriage or civil unions of people of the same sex. Very often, these ideas are based on religion. Anti-LGBT rhehoric is a form of hate speech.[1][2] It is illegal in countries such as the Netherlands,[3] Norway,[4] and Sweden.[5]

Protesters at a gay parade, in Seattle, 2006

Anti-LGBT rhetoric often consists of moral panic or conspiracy theory. In Eastern Europe, these conspiracy theories are based on earlier antisemitic conspiracy theories and say that the LGBT movement is an instrument of foreign control and domination.[6][7][8]



  1. "Hate Speech and Hate Crimes against LGBT Persons" (PDF). European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  2. "Hate crime & hate speech". ILGA-Europe. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  3. "Dutch penal code – article 137c". Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  4. "Norwegian Penal code, Straffeloven, section 135 a." Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  5. Morén, Kristoffer (24 July 2012). "Lag om hets mot folkgrupp innefattar homosexuella - DN.SE". Dagens Nyheter. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  6. Herdt, Gilbert (June 2009). Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight Over Sexual Rights. New York University Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-3723-1.
  7. Klosowska, Anna (6 June 2011). "Trouble in the Global Village: A Snapshot of LGBT Community in Eastern Europe". In Sierra, M.; Román-Odio, C. (eds.). Transnational Borderlands in Women's Global Networks: The Making of Cultural Resistance. Springer. ISBN 978-0-230-11947-5.
  8. Sherry, Michael S. (2007). Gay Artists in Modern American Culture: An Imagined Conspiracy. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-8589-5.