From Massachusetts to Wisconsin, schools across the United States are directing children to secretive online LGBT chat platforms where minors discuss “gender affirming surgeries,” transgenderism, and even occult practices with adults who identify as LGBT.
At public schools in Massachusetts, for example, administrators pushed youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ to QChat, a secretive platform that aims to provide “chat-based discussion groups for LGBTQ+ and questioning teens ages 13 to 19” and invites participants to join conversations on everything from tarot cards to “queer youth activism” to “sex and relationships,” all without parental permission.
The site, a project of various LGBT activist groups and Planned Parenthood, is even equipped with a “quick escape” button that allows users to swiftly hide their use of the site from parents.
And in Wisconsin, students were guided to TrevorSpace, which similarly allows minors who identify as LGBT to anonymously chat with adults on a platform. The platform, a project of the Trevor Project, has been exposed as a hotspot for graphic conversations about sexual fetishes — adults even reportedly gave minors advice on how to discreetly obtain breast binders and hide the purchase from their parents. Perhaps most disturbing, adults on the platform detailed their masturbation habits in chat rooms that were open to minors.
The revelation comes as parents grapple for control over their children’s health with states, school districts, and medical organizations, all of which have sought to enable both the social and medical transition of children without parental consent. In one instance, a social worker at a school in Maine even secretly supplied a 13-year-old girl with a breast binder meant to flatten her chest, aiding her attempt to socially transition.
Nicole Neily, the founder and president of Parents Defending Education, says the promotion of these secretive chat-groups that circumvent parents is often done under the guise of anti-bullying.
“Most gender policies in districts are promoted as ‘anti-bullying’ and ‘anti-harassment’ measures, and districts often cite data on mental health and suicidality,” Neily told The Daily Wire. She said her group is working to provide parents with information on where they’re being circumvented by radical gender activists in the schools.
“Parents are emotionally blackmailed into supporting ‘gender-affirming’ care,” Neilly said. “Through our tip line, PDE receives information from across the country, and gender issues are ubiquitous from coast to coast.”
In the Massachusetts school district, Brockton Public Schools, administrators pushed the QChat on an “LGBTQIA+ Resource Guide” intended to “improve the comfort level of School Personnel to provide appropriate gender sensitive interactions.” The guide advertised the platform after first noting that youth who identify as LGBT “are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders” and are more likely to attempt suicide.
Wisconsin’s Pepin Area Schools previously pushed the TrevorSpace under the guise of mental health resources but delisted the link after an inquiry from The Daily Wire.
“While the TrevorSpace platform may provide peer support for LGBTQ students, other concerns about the potential misuse of the platform do outweigh that positive support. The link to TrevorSpace has been removed from the District’s website,” a representative of the district told The Daily Wire. “The District will not be referring any students to TrevorSpace as a resource.”
The platform similarly allows minors who identify as LGBT to anonymously chat with adults on a platform. One mother found the chat space featured graphic conversations about sexual fetishes. Adults even reportedly gave minors advice on how to discreetly obtain breast binders and hide the purchase from their parents. Perhaps most disturbing, adults on the platform detailed their masturbation habits in chat rooms that were open to minors.
But several other districts promote the chat platforms. Wisconsin’s Madison Metropolitan School District promotes the QChat on an “LGBTQIA+ Equity” page, telling students to “join QChat Space for an upcoming group!” A link to the TrevorSpace is accompanied with the description, “Start meeting LGBTQ friends today!” and describes TrevorSpace as “an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.” San Juan Unified School District, located just outside of Sacramento, California, also promoted the TrevorSpace.
The Charlotte Independent School District in a small Texas town advertised the Q Chat Space, as well as other youth LGBT chat rooms earlier this year. Meanwhile, Parents Defending Education pointed to dozens of other school districts that cite the Trevor Project, the activist organization behind the TrevorSpace, as a resource.
A wide array of other schools from across America, including California’s Long Beach Unified School District and the Beverly Hills High School, pushed QChat while District of Columbia Public Schools and Wisconsin’s DeForest Area School District pushed both chat platforms.
Both platforms have c0me under heavy criticism from those who are concerned about the threat they could pose to children’s safety.
Republican lawmakers have blasted the Center for Disease Control for their promotion of QChat. Eight members of Congress, led by Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), sent a letter to then-Director Rochelle Walensky calling it “unconscionable” for the government to promote the platform.
State officials have also come under fire for advertising the site, with former Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman hit with a lawsuit over the Arizona Department of Education’s promotion of the Q Chat Space. The suit was dismissed, though Hoffman was ousted from office after her endorsement of the site became a focus of the election.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty drafted a letter for parents to sign to demand that the TrevorSpace be removed as a resource on school district sites.
“Chat room-style forums allow adults and children to connect to discuss topics such as sexuality and sexual preferences, gender transitioning (including how to obtain sex hormones and promotion of irreversible surgeries), and how to keep information secret from parents,” the letter says. “Students discussing sexuality with adults, often seeking to eliminate parents entirely from the conversation, raises significant concerns about student safety.”
“If the school district promotes TrevorSpace as a recommended crisis support resource for students, I urge you to discontinue such recommendations and remove it immediately as a resource from your website and any other locations,” it says.
Reno, Nevada’s Washoe County School District previously listed the QChat Space on its counseling resources and community services but removed the link following a Daily Wire inquiry. “It is not on our district’s list of approved websites and we have removed it,” a representative of the district said.
None of the other school districts responded to requests for comment. Neither the Trevor Project not QChat responded to requests.
This article has been updated to include comment from a representative of Pepin Area Schools.