Finding Common Ground: Bridging the Political Gap
One of the biggest challenges Gays Against Groomers faces as an organization is reaching as many people as possible from as many walks of life as we can. We face opposition from not just the far left, but the far right of the spectrum of people who do not see eye to eye with us. Even internally, not all of our members agree on every single issue, and that’s okay! The last thing we want to be is a hivemind group, but the psychological operations coursing through society have programmed even those among us to operate from emotions before logic, and turn against their peers.
This variety of opposition was expected from day one. We hear the same arguments day in and day out from extremists everywhere. While it becomes exhausting and unnecessary to cater to people bent on waging war against us, several of these arguments or comments are easily addressed, debunked or refuted. For example, we laugh in the faces of people convinced this is not a grassroots movement run by members of the LGBT community. This is so easily disproved it isn’t worth addressing.
One of our oppositions’ favorite arguments is to bring up sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic church. Sadly in today’s society, it is common knowledge that a certain percentage of priests commit sexual crimes involving minors in their church community. And because we don’t make these priests our main target, some people make a hobby out of accusing us of not caring about it. While Gays Against Groomers is against all abuse committed by any kind of child groomer, our main focus is the abuse within the gay community, hence our name.
Let’s look at the statistics of church abuse versus abuse that occurs where children are heavily present: school. According to abuselawsuit.com, from 1950-2002 nearly 4,400 priests were accused of sexual abuse of a minor, which makes up 4% of Catholic priests serving the church during this time period. A small percentage of these priests actually did time for their crimes; most of us know this is because the church frequently covers for them. Oftentimes these priests are simply moved to another church, where they are able to continue their crimes.
We’ve been hearing about abuse by Catholic priests from the media on a regular basis. So where is the group against these crimes that have gone on for so long? Shouldn’t it have a strong platform by now? What are they doing to end the abuse within their community? Or is the percentage just small enough to be ignored, only to be used as a strawman argument against an organization focused on a different community?
Now let’s discuss abuse within the school system, which children occupy daily, not just a few times a week for a church service.
Since 2014, sexual abuse from educators has been on the rise. “48 Hours” investigated abuse on the rise from female educators in particular, a stigma that often gets taken less seriously due to the double standards of gender expectations. In many instances, teachers who abuse students are often the most respected in their community, receiving awards like “Teacher of the Year.” The Education Department report from nearly 20 years ago claimed that over 9.5% of students experience sexual misconduct by an educator during their school career. Almost 350 K-12 educators were arrested for child sex crimes in 2022 alone.
In this case, a group against this abuse exists called Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation (SESAME). On their website, you will find some alarming statistics regarding the millions of students facing sexual abuse by their educators nationwide. Of course, not all of these children go to church or are part of an outside community, which makes school the priority regarding their safety.
Recently, there has been a new factor that has entered education: “queer” ideology and gender theory. With this came a wave of teachers who claim they know better than the parents of their students, driving a wedge into families by encouraging students to keep secrets, leaving parents in the dark and in denial.
Many disturbing behaviors are exposed regularly, from teachers who claim 80% of their class “came out” as trans or gay [source] (which is statistically impossible and a symptom of a psychological contagion), to teachers who have their students pledge allegiance to the inclusive rainbow flag over the flag that represents all of us as Americans, to teachers caught giving puberty blockers to students without their parents consent or knowledge [source]. These behaviors are equivalent to child abuse, and do not represent the true LGBT community, who do not attempt to actively “recruit” youth.
School is where children are supposed to be safe, educated in a neutral environment and equipped with basic skills to enter the next phase of education. It is not a place where parents need to worry about their children being exposed to sexual materials they’re not ready for or don’t even approve of. Knox Zajak, an 11 year old sixth grader in Maine, recently exposed a sexually explicit book he was given by a school librarian that detailed sex acts between two teenage boys. [source] He was asked by the adult librarian if he wanted more pornographic books. It seems these explicit materials are given a pass simply because they fall under the LGBTQ umbrella.
Meanwhile, in New York, a fifth grade teacher is being sued by the parents of a student she attempted to “convert” using a book that taught young students about the transgender identity and how to access hormones as well as sex-changing surgeries. The student, born a biological female, became confused and suicidal, drawing a picture of a girl and writing “I want to kill myself” underneath. [source]
One of the biggest fallacies perpetuated by the radical ideology is the idea that unless underage children are given access to puberty blocking hormones and body altering surgeries, they will end their lives. However, a percentage of transitioners do experience complications and regret that lead to further suicide ideation, a statistic these people love to sweep under the rug and ignore. And clearly students like the little girl in New York are only further confused by being introduced to these concepts. Perhaps the lives of these individuals don’t matter simply because it does not support the false narrative that being gay or trans solves all problems. Chloe Cole, a well known detransitioner, regularly receives death threats and violent comments for attempting to protect minors from the damage and trauma she went through on her journey to discover herself.
What Gays Against Groomers wants its audience to understand is that we too are coming from a place of compassion and concern, just as the far left and far right claim to be. The idea that kids will be happier gay or trans is not necessarily an idea that we support, nor do we support the erasure of all gay people. That is why we have to do our best to meet in the middle for the sake of the children. “Gender affirming care” for minors may sound like a good idea on the outside, but behind the curtain are sinister motives that often trace back to dollar signs in the eyes of greedy corporations looking to turn children into permanent medical patients. Isn’t that worth considering?
One major source of confusion about our organization is how we stand on transsexual adults. We have stated many times that adults are free to make their own choices, and these individuals are still worthy of respect and compassion as long as they do not actively influence youth. The perspective of trans individuals is vital in understanding how this choice would affect an underdeveloped child. We do not support hating on these individuals for simply existing; this type of hate will never help us move forward in today's society. We will continue to sound the alarm on the obvious groomers within our community, which may or may not claim the trans identity. [source] At the end of the day, children are more important than our feelings regarding adult decisions.
We understand that religious beliefs are a factor in what parents do or don’t want their children exposed to. We respect these beliefs, and believe all parents have a right to know what their children are being taught and to approve the materials. As gay people, we are not going away, but we will stand hand in hand with you to push back against and police our own community, and make education safer and more neutral for all children. You don’t have to like us, and you don’t have to approve of who we love as consenting adults, but the most mature thing we can do is set aside our differences for the safety and innocence of the children that will build our future.
It is also our belief that all drag shows belong in adult spaces only. Drag is and always has been inherently sexual nightlife behavior. We’ve recently seen an influx of scantily clad and obscene performers around very young children, which some parents are explaining away with excuses like “this won’t affect them.” If that’s the case, why aren’t children allowed inside of strip clubs? Because children do not belong around nearly nude and fully nude performers. Not all of these performers are a danger to children, but we cannot ignore the drag queens that have already been caught in sex crimes against minors, and the overly sexual performers who insist on performing for children. [source] These people are not exempt from scrutiny. No one is.
We also cannot find a good reason for drag queens’ desire to perform or read books in front of children. Where are the story book characters, puppet shows or clowns? What happened to age appropriate entertainment? Why do progressives believe drag queens are essential to teach children acceptance? We still haven’t heard an appropriate answer. Instead, children are being taught that this over-the-top sexual behavior is a fun and acceptable way to earn validation from others. It is abhorrent that the risks of this even needs explaining. We urge parents to consider these risks, and leave the kids at home when attending drag shows.
Many of us care about the same things differently. The far left is indoctrinating children under the guise of “care” for their wellbeing. The far right wants this indoctrination to stop for the same reason, but wants to erase LGB and T people entirely, which isn’t realistic, and can also drive a wedge into the family unit. So many people are operating from personal emotions, beliefs and trauma that they project onto children without understanding how differently they can be affected. Young and sensitive minds don’t know how to discern what adults are doing and why, but gravitate to whatever glitters like gold and makes them feel “safe and accepted,” regardless of true intentions. We see gender ideology and queer theory as nothing but nefarious agendas designed to confuse children, leaving them vulnerable and easily manipulated. Children see these topics as fun and attractive but are unable to have a clear understanding of what they truly mean. It’s imperative that education on these topics remain age appropriate, so as not to overwhelm underage children who are easily influenced.
Children deserve a neutral education that won’t cause more inner turmoil than they face on average without excessive outside influence. Growing up is hard, but natural puberty is integral for healthy development, and the information on puberty blockers is incomplete or biased at best. Lupron, a popular puberty blocker, is used to chemically castrate pedophiles in prison.[source] These chemicals are often advertised as “safe,” with serious side effects briefly mentioned or left out by doctors eager to create a permanent medical patient. If there is a risk at all, why are children still being subjected to drugs that could potentially sterilize or sexually cripple them for life?
Our organization does not believe these explicit materials, medicalizing procedures, or over saturation of “queer” ideologies are necessary for development. It certainly wasn’t for us to decide who we were. It is time to recognize that we don’t have to agree on everything to protect children. Their safety should not be politicized. We must find a neutral ground if we ever expect to win this war on innocence. We need boundaries and legislation in place to protect minors from these dangers. If you can agree with us on these points, please stand with us as we hold our own community responsible and push back on this dangerous trend to protect all children. Let’s come together for the sake of future generations.
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By Judith Rose