QAnon believers are embracing a new conspiracy that the coronavirus vaccine “increases the probability of them identifying as homosexual or transgender at a later stage.”
QAnon is a complex conspiracy theory that says that there is an international Satanic pedophile ring involving Hillary Clinton and Tom Hanks that Donald Trump was secretly working to take down. Many of the insurrectionists who attacked the Capitol during the MAGA rally believe in the outlandish conspiracy.
Reporter Shayan Sardarizadeh tweeted a series of screenshots from Telegram, a far-right social media platform, that appear to show the gullible Trump supporters promoting the unhinged claim.
One screenshot contains a list of questions posted by one user that gets increasingly stupid as it continues.
“At what rate would a child randomly receive the vaccinations to where the 50/50 split resulted in them receiving the opposite gender vaccine?” one asks, as if the multiple vaccines available are split by gender, not by the companies that developed them.
“I have many homosexual friends that have said they have known they were different SINCE THEY WERE LITTLE KIDS,” the user continues in all caps to stress that they have friends who enjoy being referred to with an archaic slur. “They say they were born this way and it wasn’t their choice.”
“When is your earliest memory? 4 years old? You’ve already received 50 vaccines by then in 2020.”
“Are unvaccinated children also homosexual or transgender? IDK,” they continue. “No one has done a study on it.”
“Add in all the soy and endocrine/hormone disrupters in our foods, cleaners, household products, etc.”
The idea that consuming soy milk or using certain cleaning supplies will make you more feminine is another common out-there belief that the far-right has embraced.
While anyone with a rudimentary understanding of science or logic wouldn’t fall for this nonsense, QAnon believers are not adherents to either.
“IMO he’s not far off,” one person responded. “This is why we have Gender confusion among our youth. Research how they put in hormones to alter DNA with their vaccines. Then pump our kids full of 50+ vaccines from birth!”
It includes a link to a story about an Iranian Muslim cleric who was widely mocked worldwide earlier this week when he claimed that the COVID vaccine will turn people into “homosexuals.”
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 probablity of them identifying as homosexual or transgender at a later stage. pic.twitter.com/42O62TFTjm
— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) February 10, 2021