Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) administration quietly removed LGBTQ+ youth resources from a state website after a conservative media outlet questioned the links, according to records seen by The Washington Post.
“Within hours of an inquiry from the Daily Wire, a dozen resources, including a live-chat online support group for teens, were removed from the state health department website at the direction of a Cabinet-level agency, according to emails obtained under the state’s open records law,” the Post reported on Thursday.
“The presence of the materials — and their subsequent disappearance on May 31 — generated two headlines and a flurry of online reaction from conservative readers of the outlet, co-founded by right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro. The decision elicited concern from department leaders who had not been consulted and began emailing their higher-ups asking why this had happened — again,” the report noted.
The Youngkin administration has removed information from the website without consulting its own subject-matter experts at least three times in the year and a half, records show.
His actions have stripped public health resources on abortions, sexual health and pregnancy among other issues as he remakes state policy after eight years of Democratic control.
“In Virginia, the governor will always reaffirm a parent’s role in their child’s life. Children belong to their parents, not the state,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter said in a statement. “The governor supports providing resources that are age appropriate however the government should not facilitate anonymous conversations between adults and children without a parent’s approval. Sexualizing children against a parent’s wishes doesn’t belong on a taxpayer supported website.”
She added that state officials are “reviewing other elements of the page.”
The Washington Post’s revelations have sparked outrage online.
This is just evil. I don’t know how else to describe it.
— 12fan (@12fan5) July 6, 2023
Cruelty is the point
— debcombs ☮️ (@debcombs14) July 6, 2023
Truly protecting the kids I see
— EldritchKvn, M3gan's Bestie (@KvnRaptor) July 6, 2023