Google, Paypal, Venmo Cracks Down On Hate Group Gays Against Groomers

Google, Paypal, Venmo Cracks Down On Hate Group Gays Against Groomers
Image: Jaimee Michell

Technology companies are finally cracking down on anti-trans hate group Gays Against Groomers.

Google on Wednesday suspended the group just hours after Paypal and Venmo shut down the group’s accounts for “violating” its user agreements. The group continues to be active on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

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“Big tech is coordinating a massive attack on our organization for trying to protect children. THIS IS INSANE.,” the group railed on Twitter. 

Right-Wing Lesbian Founder

Gays Against Groomers was founded by a Florida-based conservative meme creator and anti-vaxxer Jaimee Michell, who describes herself as “right-wing lesbian fighting for truth”

GAG purpotedly claims to be a  “coalition of gays against the sexualization, indoctrination and medicalization of children”, opposes what it calls against “gender theory” and drag queen story time events. 

Michell, has earlier compared gender-affirming health care to deadly experiments carried out by infamous Nazi physician Josef Mengele. The group has referred to transgender, queer, intersexual, and asexual people as “infiltrators” who “destroy the decades of work it took for us to be accepted in society.”

Last month, Twitter had briefly suspended GAG’s account multiple times for reportedly violating the social media platform’s rules that ban calling people “groomers” on the basis of their sexual oeirntation or gender identity. 

‘Evil Agenda’

On Tuesday, GAG shared screenshots of emails it received from Paypal and Venmo informing it of cancellation its accounts. 

“We are an organization that consists entirely of gay people whose only mission is to safeguard children from abuse. Woke homophobia is real, folks,” GAG claimed on Twitter. They added that the GAG had set up another processor and people could donate on its website. 

“This would never happen to an organization of gay people that fell in line with this evil agenda that has hijacked our community,” the group said in a statement.

A PayPal spokesperson told The Advocate, “PayPal’s policy is not to allow our services to be used for activities that promote hate, violence, or discriminatory intolerance”.




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