Church Militant, a far-right Catholic group and website, and a subsequent investigation by The Daily Beast. “Two of [Peterson’s] former male associates came out in June with on-the-record interviews saying they engaged in sexual activities with him, while other men say he propositioned them,” the Beast reports. “These allegations about the pastor — who in public is staunchly heterosexual — have ripped like an earthquake through the manosphere, prompting some of Peterson’s allies to abandon him and prompting one manosphere conference to ban him.”The “manosphere” is a “hyper-masculine right-wing internet community,” the Beast explains, and Peterson is one of its biggest stars.

He is known for promoting a vision of gender norms that differ even from that of others on the far right; for instance, he asserts that a woman who reaches orgasm during sex is “becoming a man.” He has an online radio show and operates a group called Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and he is said to live with male members of the group at a residence called the “BOND house” in Los Angeles.On LGBTQ+ issues, he has said that those who participate in Pride parades are “children of Satan” and that “radical homosexuals are evil,” the Beast notes.Some of his other anti-LGBTQ+ statements, as compiled by GLAAD: saying that Pete Buttigieg, now secretary of Transportation, “flaunts his so-called husband with no shame, kissing him in public, and people applaud like [their marriage is] real”; that Rosie O’Donnell gets “demon instructions” from hell; that “lesbians are really violent in their relationships”; and that “radical homosexuals” have destroyed Black families.Patrick Rooney is one of the men who said he had a sexual relationship with.