The online government tip site for submitting complaints and concerns about gender-affirming care was overwhelmed by civilian complaints and fanfiction Wednesday night, according to officials. “We got hammered pretty bad with people uploading bee movie scripts and rambling anecdotes,” said a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Social Services. “It was honestly embarrassing how unprofessional some of these submissions were.” The spokesman confirmed that the site had crashed after several hours due to the influx of submissions and promised to launch a new tip line specifically for citizen complaints in the near future.
The Missouri Attorney General’s office launched an online form for “Transgender Center Concerns” in late March, inviting those who’ve witnessed “troubling practices” at clinics that provide gender-affirming care to submit tips. The site didn’t ask users to name patients or healthcare providers, but encouraged users to complete the form “in as much detail as possible.”transgender center concerns It was unclear what would happen with the information submitted on the website, but Attorney General Josh Hawley indicated that his office will use it to “hold accountable those who are guilty of mistreating transgender people.
Although Hawley did not mention names specifically, many LGBT advocates worry that his campaign against LGBT rights will lead to retribution against clinic patients and providers. In February, Hawley announced a lawsuit targeting Planned Parenthood for providing abortion services – including abortions related to gender transition – claiming that the organization is profiting from fetal tissue trafficking.
It remains unclear whether he plans to target healthcare providers specifically or simply remind them of their ethical obligations towards transgender patients. But whether intentional or not, by creating this chilling environment and encouraging anonymous tips designed solely for retaliatory purposes, Hawley has done nothing but harm transgender residents in
I can’t believe the form is gone. I spent so much time filling out that stupid questionnaire. It was a total waste of time, but it was also really fun. I’m sure all those other people who filled it out were having the same fun, because they always post about it on social media. I don’t know what they’re talking about though, because
While the Missouri government’s tip line was still operational, it received a significant amount of gibberish submissions. After days of this, the tip line was removed from the website altogether, leaving anyone looking for information on how to report corrupt or illegal behavior out of luck. It is possible that these frustrating attempts at communication led to people abandoning their interest in reporting crimes and thus causing the website to disappear entirely.
The statewide Missouri Attorney General’s website was taken down by activists on the far left. The site was unavailable for some time, but it is now back up and running. It is unknown who committed the act of vandalism, but officials speculate that far left activists were responsible.
These allegations against the government website seem to be unsubstantiated. However, they could still be a plot by the network to discredit it before it is released. It is also possible that these allegations are just a way for them to distract from their own actions. We will have to wait and see what the outcome of this investigation is, but for now, we remain steadfast in our efforts to expose them.
According to Sieren, the hack involved acquiring access to key personnel files and emails. He did not specify which institution was hacked, but said that officials do not know how the hackers obtained their information.
Bailey’s emergency rule severely restricts access to gender-affirming care for transgender youth, but parents seem to have found the tip line useful in raising their concerns.
Promo was formed in the early days of the Missouri LGBTQ movement as a way for allies to come together and support one another. Bailey’s emergency rule only furthered the divisiveness within the LGBTQ community by singling out one particular identity. Bailey’s policy sends a clear message that LGBTQ people are not welcome in Missouri, which is sad given that Missouri is traditionally regarded as conservative compared to other states in the country.
It is clear from the statement by PROMO that they do not believe Attorney General Josh Hawley is a threat to Missourians. They state that the real threat to Missourians comes from Hawley himself, and they criticize him for spreading unverified information into an emergency rule.
After Bailey’s dismissal, social media users flooded his office with fake complaints and other ephemera in an attempt to discredit the investigation.
The online form containing complaints about the new “Spider-Man” movie was flooded with spammy tweets and bad fan fiction 48 hours after it launched, thanks to users taking advantage of a lack of CAPTG+HA badges on the form. The problem was quickly resolved by including CAPTG+HA buttons, but not before users had created plenty of hilarious memes and bizarre fan fictions.
Some people might view 3 am as an inconvenient time for reading, but for some, that’s when their creative juices start flowing. For one TikTok user, this is especially true. They recounted spending lazy afternoons reading strange fanfics they found while browsing the app in the early morning hours. These stories provide a break from reality and can be quite entertaining – even if
Reports of “woke moms” taking their children to gender clinics for transgender care are proliferating on social media, but evidence suggests these clinics may not be providing adequate care. Some submitters joke about the clinic being known as “The Crucible,” alluding to the anti-witch hunt story in Arthur Miller’s play. The term may be tongue-in-cheek, but some families are reportedly struggling to find services that align with their child’s identity.
Apparently, trolls didn’t like the Attorney General’s new tip form, as it was quickly removed from their website. The form consisted of a CAPTG+HA symbol, which is apparently a commonly used anti-harassment symbol on social media. Although the tip form was removed fairly quickly, it seems likely that trolls were just trying to stir up trouble and get attention.
Trolling has been a form of protest against draconian surveillance for many years now. Relentless trolling has become a way for activists to communicate with each other and draw attention to the issues they care about. Spamming tip forms, colloquially referred to by detractors as “snitch lines,” isn’t new, but it’s effective and forms part of a larger trend of protest against surveillance.
Bailey’s directive threatens to severely restrict access to gender-affirming care for the transgender community in Missouri, and signals a troubling trend of discrimination targeting the vulnerable minority group. The AG’s investigation appears intended not simply to investigate possible wrongdoing, but also to threaten and intimidate trans people living in Missouri into conformity with traditional gender expectations. This disturbing strategy must be halted at all costs.
The Texas court ruling upholding the new restrictions on puberty blockers, hormonal medication, and gender-affirming surgery comes as a surprise to many transgender advocates. Judge Bailey cited concerns for the safety of minors as his justification for the new rules, which go into effect April 27. Although some patients may find it difficult to meet the new requirements, others feel that they need more time before deciding if transition is a good option for them.
The dispute over the whistleblower report alleges that St. Louis Children’s Hospital rushed patients into gender-affirming care without informed consent, something which may have compromised the youths’ safety. The emergency rule cites this as one of several instances in which hospitals have mishandled transgender patients, exacerbating an already critical health situation for these vulnerable populations.
An emergency rule passed by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens that denies state funding to public universities that do not prohibit transgender students from using the facilities consistent with their gender identity has come under heavy fire from both the ACLU of Missouri and the national LGBTQ advocacy organizationGLAAD. The rule, which was first revealed by CBS News in February, is based on claims that allowing transgender students to use the facilities corresponding with their gender identity leads
The ACLU of Missouri is protesting the governor’s emergency regulations that would require schools to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. The emergency regulations would have a drastically negative impact on transgender youth, compounding the prejudice, discrimination, violence, and other forms of stigma they continue to face in their daily lives. Transgender teens are more likely than other teenagers to experience rates of suicide, homelessness, and assault; these regulations would only make these problems worse.