Patrick Wooden

Pastor, Upper Room Church of God in Christ

Attacked Vice President Kamala Harris in a sermon for officiating a 2013 same-sex wedding when she was Attorney General of California, saying: “These people have an agenda, and one of the things is to get rid of the church, to have abortion on demand, the promotion of all things LBGTQ [sic]… anybody who’s trying to turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah is not good for this nation, she ain’t good for the state, and she ain’t good for Black folk.”

Insisted: “Everybody knows that a transgendered [sic] woman is a man. And everybody knows that a transgendered man is a woman. And we have allowed common sense to go out of the window in the name of political correctness.”

Claimed trans rights “hijack” the civil rights movement: “The language of ‘civil rights’ shouldn’t be hijacked to give privileges to the politically vocal while taking away freedoms from people disfavored by government.... As you can see, I am African-American. I have been African-American since birth; God made me this way. For the attorney general to equate the legitimate struggle of the civil rights movement to the things that HB2 stands for is embarrassing and is wrong.”

On being gay: “We’re not talking about some little innocent looking thing that you may see in Glee, two clean cute little boys holding hands acting like two little effeminates and that is what homosexuality is all about and people think that it is something like that when we’re talking about a wicked, perverse lifestyle that destroys people and I think that it’s high time that people who think like we do come out of the closet and let their voices be heard, if not society will continue to go in the toilet.”

—Said it’s “normal” to react violently to those who are gay: “We’ve always had a hostile response, or a disrespect if you will, for that kind of behavior.”

—Claimed Chaz Bono is acting under “the influence of the Devil, demon spirits—spirits of perversion.”

Claimed adult gay men have “to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels.”

On civil rights: “I think that every African American ought to be appalled, ought to be angry, and should begin to wave their fist in the air and declare black power and say to the homosexual lobbyists, the homosexual groups, how dare you compare your wicked, deviant, immoral, self-destructive, anti-human sexual behavior to our beautiful skin color.”

Tells lesbian blogger Pam Spaulding: “Pam needs Jesus, when Pam meets the Lord that yearning for a member of the same sex will change … she’d probably make a fantastic mother, and would enjoy having a husband who was born male—no Chaz Bono business—born male—and meet her man, and rock her world, in the name of the Lord.”

—Warned that marriage equality will lead to men marrying goats and to a pedophile problem (1st clip); said gay people must “come out of homosexuality and get delivered” then enter into a union with opposite sex. (2nd clip)


The GLAAD Accountability Project catalogs anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and discriminatory actions of politicians, commentators, organization heads, religious leaders, and legal figures, who have used their platforms, influence and power to spread misinformation and harm LGBTQ people.