Evangelical Franklin Graham Addresses Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group's Event - 2019-11-13
Graham was guest speaker at the anti-LGBTQ hate group Illinois Family Institute's annual fall banquet titled "Faith, Family and Freedom." Graham's remarks included his support of President Donald Trump and what he called the nation's faltering state of morality. But his appearance at the Nov. 1 event outside Chicago links him to a group with a history of anti-LGBTQ stances perhaps even more extreme than his own.
The Illinois Family Institute is a state affiliate of anti-LGBTQ hate group American Family Association, though it operates independently.
Examples of the Illinois group's statements about LGBTQ people include that homosexual behavior is "medically, emotionally and spiritually unhealthy." In July, Laurie Higgins, a cultural affairs writer for the group, said that trans people are harming children, stating that the "ravenous, pro-'trans' behemoth smells the blood of children in our murky cultural waters and is hurtling toward them with blinding speed." Higgins went on to say that "trans activists [are] in league with 'many homosexuals'" and are "propagandizing, grooming, and mutilating children."