Parents and critics are outraged by another move to implement LGBTQ+ policies in public school systems with a new LGBTQ+ chat space for students aged 13-19 to discuss gender and sexuality with adults without parental consent.
The outrage stems from a tweet shared by the Libs of TikTok Twitter account capturing a decision by the Arizona Department of Education that would provide a “resource link” for LGBT students to discuss their gender and/or their sexuality with LGBT adults and adolescents.
“The online chat room has a ‘quick escape’ feature in case a child wants to hide it from their parents,” the Libs of TikTok account adds in the caption.
Screenshots of the chat room show the platform touting the ability for teens to “find and provide support, have fun, connect around common interests, and get great information.” It also allows teens to “chat with like-minded peers” and engage in conversations facilitated by “experienced staff who work in LGBTQ+ centers across the country.”
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In the comments section, outrage ensued, with critics hurling the slurs of “healer” and “paedophile” at the chat room organizers.
“That’s pedo-level stuff. Where’s Chris Hansen?” radio host Mike Mason wrote in a response.
Former cyclist and outspoken conservative commentator Joe Papp also chimed in, saying the instance was “literally a state-sponsored grooming, folks,” and writer David Coulson asked, “Let’s not teach anymore the danger of strangers?
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“What could go wrong?” he added.
Additional criticism came from Republican Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers, who called the move “nasty and wrong”, adding that “parental rights are paramount to the evil state.”
Best-selling author Josh Steimle shared the Libs of TikTok post in a quote tweet, tagging Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and asking if he knew anything about the LGBTQ+ push.
Others encouraged parents to take a stand against the secret LGBTQ+ policies found in public school systems across the country and argued that public education departments should neither play a role in teaching students about gender and sexuality or encourage behaviors related to gender or sexuality.
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