Alt-right trolls are spreading the myth that gay people support paedophiles

The dangerous myth linking gay people with paedophilia is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to alt-right trolls.

The falsehood has a long and hateful history, but just in the past year or so, it has been repeated by a Labour Party councillor who branded Pride marchers “paedophiles,” Spanish ultra-conservatives and a Danish imam.

And last week, a sign with the message “Paedophiles are people too. Because Love Is Love” set against a rainbow background was posted around Willamette Primary School in Oregon.

It was part of a rising trend of trolls pretending to be queer activists who want to promote paedophilia as part of the LGBT community.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12:  White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and members of the "alt-right" attack each other as a counter protester (R) intervenes during the melee outside Emancipation Park during the Unite the Right rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Alt-right supporters have been behind the resurgence of the dangerous myth (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Cameron Whitten, executive director of a local LGBT community group called the Q Centre, told KATU: “It’s just very clear that this message was meant to stigmatise and stereotype LGBTQ people.

“At a time when we are facing homophobia [and] transphobia, it is not helpful for these kinds of harmful messages to be disseminated out.”

The lie was spread further by alt-right figurehead and former Hollywood star James Woods, who tweeted: “And so it begins…” above a picture of the poster, as reported by BuzzFeed News.

Woods, who hit the headlines last year when he tweeted that a gender-creative child would end up killing his parents, attracted more than 36,000 retweets and likes with the post.

And it’s not the first time.

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