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How antisemitic tropes are being used to target the LGBTQ community

Language that vilifies Jewish, LGBTQ people raises red flag for anti-hate groups

People demonstrate against Drag Story Hour outside the Queens Public Library in New York City in December. The storytimes, where drag queens read to children and their parents, have become just one target of anti-LGBTQ protesters, whose language suggests a 'convergence' of antisemitism and anti-LGBTQ hate, one group says.(Yuki Iwamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the past year, a new front for hate has opened up across Canada and the United States, with drag performances and gender-affirming care providers becoming targets of harassment and threats. But the vitriol has an all-too-familiar tone — one that a well-known anti-hate organization says is a cause for concern.

The U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is warning about a "convergence" of antisemitism and anti-LGBTQ hate.

"Extremists and antisemitic conspiracy theorists have capitalized on the spread of dangerous and offensive falsehoods about LGBTQ+ people," read a Jan. 24 post from the ADL's Center on Extremism. Simultaneously, the organization wrote, anti-LGBTQ "fearmongering" is serving to boost anti-Jewish prejudices and conspiracy theories.

The increase in language that vilifies Jewish and/or LGBTQ people raises a red flag for organizations that work to fight discrimination out of concern that hateful rhetoric could lead to violence.

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