Heidi Beirich, the director of the Intelligence Project at Southern Poverty Law Center, was interviewed by The Outline. Beirich is one of the nation’s leading experts on extremism. I am going to quote one paragraph and encourage you to read the piece in its entirety:
At times we’re criticized for some of the groups we have on our
anti-LGBT list, and my response to those criticisms is, when you look at
hate crime statistics for the LGBT community, they’re the most targeted
and have been through all the years of hate crimes statistics for
violent acts. And there’s a price to be paid when you demonize a
population, and that’s what we’re looking at.