This week on LGBTQ Twitter: Social media goes silent

This week on LGBTQ Twitter: Social media goes silent
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This week on Twitter, LGBTQ allies spoke out against the ongoing crisis facing queer and trans youth. Some efforts were more successful than others.

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NPR host Peter Sagal (of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”) used his Twitter feed to educate in two different ways. First, he shared a Daily podcast episode about a transgender boy and sought responses from people who are “anti-trans.”

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The following day, he handed his feed over to trans people and their caregivers.

Journalist Kit O’Connell chimed in with a thread full of context on the current crisis.

Other trans adults shared their experiences and support for trans youth.

After Sagal’s experiment had come and gone, it was time for celebrities, politicians, and companies to show their support for the annual Day of Silence. Some clearly used the GLSEN provided template. No shame in that, if few points for creativity or authenticity.

Wisconsin Rep. Gwen More told LGBTQ+ students that she has their backs.

And Florida Rep. Darren Soto urged his colleagues to join him in recommitting themselves to the cause of LGBTQ rights.

Out California Rep. Mark Takano even introduced a Day of Silence resolution.

While some accounts tweeted about Day of Silence on the day it occurred, a number of football clubs posted the day before with a vow to go silent on the day.

The Detroit City FC included some ways to get more involved.

But some clubs that posted support are getting called out for also partnering with Chick-fil-A.


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