REBECCA BOONE 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Experts warn that extremist groups may see anti-LGBTQ rhetoric by influencers as a call to action.

Sophie Bjork-James is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University and an expert on the white nationalist movement in the U.S.

She says research shows there is a clear path between normalizing anti-LGBT sentiment in Statehouses and having extremist groups take hateful actions.

Thirty-one members of the neo-Nazi group Patriot Front were arrested in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Saturday and charged with conspiracy to riot. Police say the men planned to riot at a pride event.

Lawmakers in Idaho, Florida and elsewhere have recently suggested without evidence that members of the LGBTQ community are harming children.