Hollywood director and producer Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story," "Pose") said he's launching a "multi-million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office" — and called out his enemies by name during a Los Angeles event last week honoring the Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
"Why don't we consider ever targeting the people who are causing the problem here?" he asked those gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "The homophobes, the trans naysayers, and the small, restricted and dangerous minds who are causing so many young people to needlessly hate themselves and doubt themselves in our country, when what they should be receiving from us is love and support and understanding."
Murphy — who recounted his difficulties as an "out" gay youth — encouraged his listeners to "help the kids by showing the small-minded the door" and noted that the midterm election results "inspired" him to do just that.
"One after one, anti-LGBTQ candidates who made hate speech and ideology part of their legacy fell away," he said to cheers from the audience. "They were disgraced. ... The number was astounding to me ... over 20 anti-LGBTQ right-wing politicians and their horrifying views were gone in a day. Dana Rohrabacher. Mia Love. Jason Lewis. Pete Sessions. Gone. Bigots, all of them. And they were replaced by [Democratic] allies. New politicians who won't spread harmful and wrong rhetoric that can lead a young LGBTQ person to actually believe that they are not good enough or worthy enough to stay on this earth anymore."
Murphy added: "I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go and to stop polluting our moral and ethical ether."
What's his plan?
Murphy said his show "Pose" on FX is rooted in "activism" and that it pledged all profits to "trans-rights causes" — and that the Pose Gives Back initiative has a new plan.
"In 2020, we're going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi-million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office," he said to more applause, adding that the group is going to target 20 "senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes by hurting and discriminating against us ... well, we can get votes too, and we can fight back."
Murphy added, "We are going to send a message which says you cannot make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore. You cannot keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded, anti-constitutional viewpoints."
He then named some of the candidates the group will target.
"We say, 'Hello, Mike Lee.' The young, Ivy League-trained senator from Utah. Mr. Lee is a future leader of the GOP who just committed himself to the bad old days by introducing what has been called quote the vilest, anti-LGBTQ religious freedom bill of our time," Murphy said of the GOP senator. "So we want to say, 'We see you, Mike Lee.'"
He also named Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) who's "vying to become America's biggest bigot. His side business is rhetorical gay bashing. ... Let's show Rep. King that the queens are not having it."
Here's the clip. The relevant portion starts just after the 6:30 mark: