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ICYMI – NBC: 20+ Politicians Promote Weird Declare That Youth Are Figuring out as Cats

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Reaching a brand new low of their effort to assault and malign LGBTQ+ children and their households, not less than 20 extremist candidates and elected officers have claimed that faculties are making litter containers accessible for college students who determine as cats. This weird lie is supposed to name into query college insurance policies associated to transgender and nonbinary youth, and the truth that extremist politicians are repeating it demonstrates their cravenness and the ability of misinformation and propaganda driving anti-LGBTQ+ assaults.

“Claiming that children are figuring out as cats underscores the sickening lengths some politicians will go to rile up essentially the most excessive and harmful components of their base,” mentioned Human Rights Marketing campaign Nationwide Marketing campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky. “The eye this freakish lie has acquired on social media illustrates the pernicious affect of disinformation and that anti-LGBTQ+ politicians will do and say something to animate essentially the most excessive fringe– irrespective of the consequence–. The Human Rights Marketing campaign has repeatedly known as on social media firms to take accountability for moderating content material on their websites. Their failure to cease the unfold of propaganda leads to extra stigma, discrimination, and violence towards LGBTQ+ individuals, notably those that are transgender and non-binary.”

NBC: HOW AN URBAN MYTH ABOUT LITTER BOXES IN SCHOOLS BECAME A GOP TALKING POINT

“Because the variety of individuals figuring out as trans and nonbinary has elevated in recent times, notably amongst younger individuals, so has the quantity of anti-LGBTQ laws from conservative politicians. The unfold of rumors about litter containers has grown alongside different excessive and baseless rhetoric accusing LGBTQ individuals and educators of “grooming” youngsters by classes and insurance policies on gender and sexuality. Some politicians issued warnings about youngsters appearing as cats throughout debates relating to college insurance policies associated to transgender and nonbinary youth.”

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“No less than 20 conservative candidates and elected officers have claimed this yr that Okay-12 faculties are inserting litter containers on campus or making different lodging for college students who determine as cats, based on an NBC Information overview of public statements.

Each college district that has been named by these 20 politicians mentioned both to NBC Information or in public statements that these claims are unfaithful. There isn’t a proof that any college has deployed litter containers for college students to make use of as a result of they determine as cats.”

“[The fact that it is false] has not stopped such rumors from circulating on social media, the place they’ve been repeated like a sport of phone, typically with descriptions of pals of pals who supposedly noticed such issues firsthand. And it has not stopped some politicians from selecting up these claims and utilizing them to alarm individuals by saying that that is the place protections for LGBTQ college students will lead.”

“The rise of the litter field rumor exhibits the ability of false claims that begin on social media to form political discourse. And it demonstrates how rapidly some components of fact could be twisted and mashed up with totally debunked assertions to create a viral narrative amplified by distinguished politicians, in addition to commentators with giant audiences.

“It is solely used to type of sensationalize untruth, and to hurt our group, particularly our transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive youth,” mentioned Nadine Bridges, government director of One Colorado, an LGBTQ rights group, when requested in regards to the litter field rumors.”

WHAT LIES EXTREMISTS ARE PEDDLING:

Herschel Walker Advised Faculties Have been Educating College students They May Establish As Cats.

“So is anybody speaking to anybody about it…in these faculties, I learn they’re educating our children how they determine. You generally is a woman at the moment. A boy tomorrow. And even a cat. I am like, have they learn the bible?” [Herschel Walker at Women for Herschel, Augusta 9/14/2022]

Lauren Boebert Falsely Claimed Durango Faculties Have been Placing Out Litter Bins For College students Who Establish As Cats.

“’They’re placing litter containers in faculties for individuals who determine as cats,’ Boebert mentioned. ‘Durango is doing this. That is how excessive it’s.’” [Colorado Times Recorder, 10/4/22]

Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Jensen Falsely Claimed Children Have been Figuring out As Cats.

“The Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota repeated final week a weird hoax declare which has been debunked that youngsters are being advised they’ll determine as anthropomorphic cats and are being allowed to make use of litter containers to urinate in faculties. Scott Jensen, the Republican candidate and a former state lawmaker, made the feedback whereas chatting with supporters, based on a video of the occasion posted on Fb. ‘However what about training?’ Jensen mentioned. ‘What are we doing to our children? Why are we telling elementary children that they get to decide on their gender this week? Why do we’ve litter containers in a few of the college districts so children can pee in them, as a result of they determine as a furry? We have misplaced our minds. We have misplaced our minds.’” [CNN, 10/3/22]

The Human Rights Marketing campaign is America’s largest civil rights group working to attain equality for lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. HRC envisions a world the place LGBTQ+ individuals are embraced as full members of society at house, at work and in each group.

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