Hate Is Wrong began as a saying in the 1990s. While playing in the NFL as a closeted gay man, Esera Tuaolo cut short acts of discrimination around him by standing up and saying, “Hate in any form is wrong.” By the early 2000s, Esera came out as gay and began advocating for inclusion across the United States by speaking at corporations, colleges, and high schools, as well as popular television programs like The Oprah Show and Ellen. He referred to his work as the Hate In Any Form Is Wrong campaign. Over a decade later, in November 2017, the Hate In Any Form Is Wrong campaign turned into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization titled Hate Is Wrong.
Hate Is Wrong’s purpose is to foster diversity in sports and anti-bullying among youth.