The radical right targets LGBQT youth suicide prevention

Conservatives, with Republican Party help, are waging all-out warfare against LGBQT people, including kids.

They were already trying to exclude LGBQT kids from school sports, tell them what bathrooms they can use, ban LGBQT books from libraries, and censor teachers.

Now, they’re falsely accusing the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides suicide prevention counseling to LGBQT youths (profile here), of “grooming” those kids for sexual exploitation. Read story here.

One of these smear artists is Chaiya Raichik, a former Brooklyn real estate agent who reportedly now lives in L.A., is an election denier who participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol protest (but has not been charged with rioting or trespassing), and a Covid denier (read more about her here.

Don’t confuse her with an English woman with the same name, who’s become a target of this Raichik’s critics after the latter was exposed by a Washington Post reporter as the person behind the anti-gay “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account (details here) that Joe Rogan helped promote. Read about the mistaken identity problem here.

(Rogan claims to be politically neutral and just giving a platform to people who otherwise don’t have a voice, but his show is heavily laden with rightwing cranks.)

Another propagandist attacking the Trevor Project as a “groomer organization” is conservative author and commentator James A. Lindsay, who made a name for himself by submitting hoax papers to academic journals (read about him here), and now is involved in attacking “critical race theory.”

Basically, these people and others like them are accusing Trevor Project and their professional counselors of committing crimes against children. Why would anyone do that? I don’t know what their motives are. Pedophilia, child porn, and sexual exploitation of children are real-life problems — and crimes. But conservatives, by all appearances, are bigots waging a hate campaign against LGBQT people in the false guise of protecting children.

In any case, if you’re going to publicly accuse someone of being a child predator, you’d better be right, and have evidence to prove your allegations. So to Raichik, Lindsay, et al., I say: Let’s see what you’ve got.

And if they’ve got nothing, which I suspect is the case, then it would be nice to see Trevor Project bring a big fat libel lawsuit against them like the one by Sandy Hook parents that bankrupted Alex Jones.

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