QAnon supporters claim COVID-19 vaccines turn people gay, transgender

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02/12/2021

QAnon supporters are peddling the false conspiracy theory that COVID-19 vaccines turn people gay or transgender. BBC investigative reporter Shayan Sardarizadeh posted screenshots from Telegram – the new home of many conspiracists kicked off mainstream social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook after the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol – promoting the false narrative that vaccines turn people LGBT. “Two of the biggest QAnon channels on Telegram, with 180,000 and 56,000 subscribers respectively, have endorsed the baseless conspiracy theory that vaccinating children increases the probability of them identifying as homosexual or transgender at a later stage,” Sardarizadeh tweeted along with the screenshots. One screenshot is a response to a story about claims Iranian cleric Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian made on the subject. “Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine,” he told his more than 210,000 followers on Telegram. “They have become homosexuals.”

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