New "NO GAYS ALLOWED" Campaign Spotlights An Anti-Gay Hate Group

A “NO GAYS ALLOWED” sign has appeared above Times Square on Tuesday (November 13), but it might not be as bad as you imagine.

As NBC News reports, the sign, which has a smaller message at the bottom reading, “STOP Alliance Defending Freedom. Learn more at NoGays.org,” is actually in support of LGBTQ rights.

The sign is much like the “I Hate Steven Singer” signs, which are actually negatively-worded but creative advertisements for a jewelry store. In this case, the billboard was created by pro-LGBTQ group Citizens of Transparency.

Caleb Cade, a spokesperson for Citizens of Transparency, says that the negatively worded billboard uses the rhetoric of Christian-based hate group Alliance Defending Freedom to shine a light on them.

“We want to remind people that there are still really insidious forces at work against our community,” Cade said to NBC News. “ADF has been leading that war for a long time, with tens of millions of dollars to do it.”

But what did the ADF do to become the COF’s target? The organization has repeatedly supported legal battles over religious freedom.

For example, the ADF supported the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jake Phillips during his Supereme Court battle. In addition, the organization is defending a professor who received a warning from his Ohio-based university after he refused to address a transgender student by her preferred gender terms. Then on top of that, they are also defending a funeral home that fired a transgender employee due to their religious beliefs.

The website in which the campaign sign refers to also tries to point out the anti-LGBTQ rhetoric that ADF spreads.

That said, ADF itself says that this campaign is based on lies.

“ADF is one the nation’s most respected and successful Supreme Court advocates, working to preserve our fundamental freedoms of speech, religion and conscience,” wrote ADF senior counsel Jeremy Tedesco to NBC News. “ADF is not litigating any cases, pursuing any legislation, nor supporting the passage of any laws domestically or internationally that criminalize sodomy.”

In addition, the Citizens for Transparency’s message seems to be getting lost in translation as first responses to the sign are showing.

With the upfront message being so bold and glaring, it’s a wonder how many are taking the time to see the real story behind it.

If spreading hate to expose hate is what the Citizens for Transparency are trying to do, they have succeeded. But, is more harm than good being done?

Your Sign Doesn't Matter: All Gays Are Allowed Everywhere

A hardware store owner in Tennessee once again made national news yesterday because he decided to put back up a sign that read "No Gays Allowed" after the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling this week. 

This is a pebble in what could eventually become bricks being thrown at this incredibly strong house that the LGBTQ community has built for decades, so its better to address this issue now than to let it fester and allow people like this owner to do what they are doing because they think they have the right to.

Here's the deal: I am not going back into the closet just because you feel like you are empowered to do these sorts of heinous acts given the political climate that we are in. This community didn't shut up when s**t like this was happening many decades ago, and we aren't shutting up now.

Let's take a look at the logical side of this sign, just for s***s and giggles. Do you really think it matters if someone is gay and they are looking to purchase an item FROM YOUR BUSINESS? They are in your store, they are an interested customer, their sexuality has nothing to do with it. This goes for a cake, a combination lock, a piece of pizza or anything else... you are there to sell your business not your religious beliefs (in my honest opinion).

It's truly disheartening how our community feels like we need to work at this all over again given how far we have come over the years. My sexuality has no influence on a purchase from your brand, the influence it should be having is the increase in cash flow that this homosexual is helping by buying what you are selling. Don't you get that? I don't for the life of me understand how homophobia has crawled itself from under the rug in the workplace in this sort of manner, when the logistics in all of it really doesn't make sense.

You want to practice homophobia in your home life and the people around you, then that's your unfortunate choice. But putting a sign up that says "No Gays Allowed" makes no sense when you don't even know who is gay and who isn't gay when they walk into your stores. Does your hardware location sell gay tracking devices so they know if a gay person is present? How would you even know if the customer that is there is truly a member of our community? Maybe think of these things before putting up a badly drawn piece of cardboard on your storefront. 

If what you are doing, though (and this goes for anyone who feels compelled to put up a similar homophobic piece) is strictly for your "own religious beliefs", then the resistance you will feel from our community will be present regardless. As stated before, we are not going to back down because of where we are politically. This does not equate, as the right side has called us, an "agenda" of sorts, its finally getting everyone in this entire world to realize after all this time that we are all the same underneath all of this and that our sexuality doesn't give you a free pass to hate. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

Hardware Store Owner Puts 'No Gays Allowed' Sign Back Up

Homophobic Jeff Amyx, who made national headlines back in 2015 for putting up a sign outside his hardware store that read "No Gays Allowed", has happily put that sign back up again after the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling this week. 

The sign was originally posted back in the summer of 2015 at Amyx Hardware and Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, Tennessee after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. He claimed the sign and policy was necessary because his religion has instructed him to be unneighborly toward a persecuted minority group. 

He even went further then that a couple of months later and started selling homophobic merchandise outside of his paltry little hung up sign. 

Now, that sign is back up at his business after the SCOTUS ruling, where he told local affiliate WBIR how surprised he was that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of fellow homophobe Jack Phillips. “I was really shocked because of the track record of our Supreme Court," he said.