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Shopify says store selling products alleging ‘grooming’ of kids doesn’t violate rules – National

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Ottawa based company Shopify has resisted calls to cut ties with the controversial site, known as the Libs of TikTok, accused of being anti-LGBTQ2.

The product features the words “Stop grooming your kids.” Increasingly deployed, according to the Anti-Defamation League By some of the far right with no evidence against members of the LGBTQ2 community in the past year. especially those who take drugs.

multiple celebrities LGBTQ2 Voices, including Helen Kennedy, head of the LGBTQ2 advocacy group Egale, and openly queer Ottawa City Council member Ariel Troster, called on Shopify to stop serving vendors.

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However, Shopify told Global News it has no intention of severing ties with the vendor.

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A spokesperson said, “This merchant is not currently in violation of Shopify’s Terms of Service.”

This policy specifically prohibits Shopify users from promoting or condoning “hate or violence” against “gender-based people” and “sexual orientation”, among other categories.

“Shopify’s growth means that we are increasingly the platform of choice for anyone looking to sell to consumers online. We host businesses of all types and sizes,” said a spokesperson.

“We take concerns about merchants on our platform very seriously and Shopify’s AUP outlines activities that are not permitted on our platform.”

Calls for Shopify to cut ties with vendors follow a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado that left five dead and 18 injured.

Although the slogan doesn’t explicitly say it has anything to do with the LGBTQ2 community, Troster said Libs of TikTok “is specifically targeting trans people, trans performers and the LGBTQ community,” and that the product tells her. I’m clarifying the message I’m trying to get.

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“Selling merchandise that says ‘Stop grooming your children’ is intended to deliberately incite hatred and violence against our community,” Troster said.

“We are calling on Shopify to remove TikTok’s library as a client.”

American media, including The Washington Post, reported that TikTok’s Libs frequently Share anti-LGBTQ2 content on social media platformscontaining many tweets ridiculing the use of gender-affirming pronouns and highlights Dragging Events for All Ages as a Cause of Concern.

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Read a drag queen book and protest outside the library in downtown Edmonton

Despite five attempts over 24 hours by Global News to reach out to Libs of TikTok for comment on Monday, there was no response by publication time.

Kennedy said the products sold by TikTok’s Libs are “disrespectful” to LGBTQ2 people.

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“I can imagine what it feels like to pass someone wearing a t-shirt and hat that says ‘Stop grooming our kids’ on a street or neighborhood where you think you’re safe. ?” said Kennedy.

“It’s an affront to your human identity and has no basis in fact. It’s just ignorance.”

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Kennedy added that Shopify is “responsible” for removing the page.

“I think it’s offensive. I think it incites violence and hatred,” Kennedy said.

Stories about LGBTQ2 people trying to “groom” children into members of the LGBTQ2 community or sexually abuse them are baseless tropes promoted by homophobes for decades. is.

“It’s the exact same tactic that evangelicals used in the ’70s and ’80s, and it’s back again,” she said.

“This kind of rhetoric … normalizes really horrible suggestions about people like me and people I love. that is very important.”

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In recent years, amid a rise in hate crimes and anti-LGBTQ2 rhetoric from the far right, Shopify has faced criticism for allowing products to continue to be sold through its platform.

A particular focus of the hate is drag queens and an event known as “drag queen story time” when drag queens read stories to children about inclusivity. multiple such events and Canadian library A donut shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma was also the victim of an arson attack. Days after hosting a drag art show.

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Pronouns are the first step towards respecting gender identity and inclusivity

Wider violence against the LGBTQ2 community has also become widespread in recent years, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ2 advocacy group in the United States.

In 2022, “at least” 32 transgender people will be reported to have been shot by other violent means. It’s unclear if this figure accounts for the number of people who died in Colorado Springs over the weekend.

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“We say ‘at least’ because all too often these stories go unreported or are misreported,” explains the 2022 Deadly Violence resource.

“Historically, the majority of these people have been black and Latino transgender women.”

In 2021, the HRC found that at least 57 transgender or gender nonconforming people were murdered through violent means. The HRC said the number broke a record.

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In Canada, police reported 263 hate crimes targeting sexual orientation in 2019. This is a 41% increase from the previous year and the highest number since 2009. According to Statistics Canada.

“More than half” of hate crimes targeting sexual orientation are violent crimes, compared to a quarter of hate crimes targeting religion, including violence.

“Transgender Canadians are more likely than cisgender Canadians to report poor or normal mental health and are also more likely to have seriously considered suicide during their lifetime,” StatCan added. rice field.

“Recent Crowdsourced research Gender-diverse participants (i.e., participants who did not report their gender as female or male only) were almost three times more likely than male participants to report experiencing discrimination during the pandemic. I understand. “

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US President Joe Biden has also warned of the “rising hate and violence” facing the LGBTQ2 community.

“We continue to witness a disturbing setback and an increase in hate and violence targeting LGBTQI+ people in the United States and around the world,” he said in May of this year. According to NBC.

“This is wrong.”

In the face of these hostilities, Troster sent a message to LGBTQ2 youth.

“Whoever you are, it doesn’t matter who you are,” she said.

“We will always have your back.”

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