A new report proves that online anti-LGBTQ2S+ hate turns into real-life violence

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12/16/2022

Coordinated online hate targeting doctors and hospitals providing gender-affirming care to youth leads to real-life violence, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the HRC, released a report titled Online Harassment, Offline Violence: Unchecked Harassment of Gender-Affirming Care Providers and Children’s Hospitals on Social Media, and Its Offline Violent Consequences. In the report, the organization draws connections between online harassment and misinformation about gender-affirming care and offline threats and violence. Recent organized campaigns of anti-trans harassment and misinformation have impacted access to gender-affirming treatment and, sometimes, entire hospitals full of patients, says the report. It also says social media companies have let this dangerous misinformation and rhetoric spread virtually unchecked.

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