Kalamazoo, Michigan – Not long ago, the gay rights movement was a small group of people struggling to follow their dispositions within a larger heterosexual culture. Gays and lesbians were underdogs, vastly outnumbered and loosely organized, sometimes subject to discrimination and abuse. Today’s movement, however, looks nothing like that band of persecuted outcasts. The LGBT rights agenda – note the addition of “T” – has become a powerful, aggressive force in American society. Its advocates stand at the top of media, academia, the professions, and, most important, Big Business and Big Philanthropy. Consider the following case.

Jon Stryker is the grandson of Homer Stryker, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the Stryker Corporation. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Stryker Corporation sold $13.6 billion in surgical supplies and software in 2018. Jon, heir to the fortune, is gay. In 2000 he created the Arcus Foundation, a nonprofit serving the LGBT community. Arcus has given more than $58.4 million to programs and organizations doing LGBT-related work between 2007 and 2010 alone, making it one of the largest LGBT funders in the world. Stryker founded Arcus right when the AIDS epidemic was being brought under control in the US. Jon’s sister Ronda Stryker is vice chair of Spelman College, where Arcus recently bestowed a $2 million grant in the name of lesbian feminist Audre Lorde. The money is earmarked for a queer studies program. Pat Stryker, another sister to Jon, has worked closely with openly gay Tim Gill. Gill operates the Gill Foundation, one of the largest LGBT nonprofits in America and has been close to the Stryker family since Jon created Arcus. Gill noted in his opening introduction for Jon Stryker at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards that, since knowing each other, he and Jon have “plotted, schemed, hiked, and skied together,” while also “punishing the wicked and rewarding the good.”

Prior to 2015, Stryker had already built the political infrastructure to drive gender identity ideology and transgenderism [sic] across the globe, donating millions to small and large entities. These included hundreds of thousands of dollars to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), an LGBT organization for equality in Europe and Central Asia with 54 countries participating, and Transgender Europe, a voice for the trans community in Europe and Asia with 43 countries participating (Transgender Europe has also funded smaller organizations like TENI, Transgender Equality Network Ireland). As the example of the Arcus Foundation shows, the LGB civil rights movement of yore has morphed into a relentless behemoth, one that has strong ties to the medical industrial complex and global corporatists. Although activists present the LGBT movement as a weak, powerless group suffering oppression and discrimination, in truth it wields enormous power and influence – power it increasingly uses to remake our laws, schools, and society. (First Thing – Jennifer Bilek at www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/01/the-billionaires-behind-the-lgbt-movement) [Editor’s note: Although a right-wing site, the analysis is interesting on the sources of funding of LGBTQ groups. The article is significantly abridged.]

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