Anti-gay activist: gay TSA workers are ‘secretly getting turned on'

Wed. November 17, 2010 5:15 AM by News Staff

"His homophobic hate is so off off the rails, it's comical."

Chicago, IL - The debate and uproar over airport full-body scans and pat-downs by the Transportation Security Administration continues to heat up, but one radical anti-gay activist has given the debate a new homophobic spin, saying gay TSA workers may become secretly "turned on" during a pat-down.

"Is it fair to travelers who may end up getting ‘groped' by homosexual TSA agents who are secretly getting turned on through the process," says Peter LaBarbera who heads the anti-gay group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), based in west suburban Naperville.

In a press released designed to garner attention for his anti-gay group, LaBarbera raises the concern of male travelers getting "groped" by Barney Frank and female travelers getting a lesbian pat-down from Ellen DeGeneres.

"Yes, his homophobic hate is so off off the rails, it's comical, but LaBarbera's nearly 20-year obsession with "opposing the radical homosexual agenda and standing for God-ordained sexuality" causes lots of damage and heartache to members of the LGBT community," writes the website.

LaBarbera's group is labeled a "hate group" by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which works to fight discrimination, hate and bigotry.

The 47 year-old LaBarbera has a long history in Illinois' anti-gay movement. Prior to founding AFTAH, LaBarbera lead the Illinois Family Institute, a group that worked to get anti-gay referenda on the Illinois state ballot. In 2006, he resigned from the Illinois Family Institute and re-launched his anti-gay message as Americans For Truth About Homosexuality.