Gays Against Groomers

"Gays Against Groomers (GAG) is an American far-right anti-LGBT organization known for protesting against gender-affirming care for minors, including at hospitals that provide it; against LGBT representation at schools; and against Drag Queen Story Hour events. A spokesperson for the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD has claimed that the group uses the slur "groomer" to characterize LGBT people as pedophiles. GAG has hosted anti-LGBTQ rallies, alongside other far-right and anti-LGBTQ organizations such as Moms for Liberty, which have been attended by the Proud Boys. GAG began in June 2022 as a Twitter account created by Jaimee Michell, who had previously been employed by right-wing communications firms Arsenal Media and X Strategies and posted similar content on her personal account. The account is known for posting anti-trans rhetoric and has been compared to Libs of TikTok. Michell officially incorporated GAG in September. GAG has been banned from multiple social media and payment platforms for violating rules on hate speech; they have been promoted by right-wing media outlets such as Fox News, One America News Network (OANN), and InfoWars."


Gays Against Groomers Is Not A Grassroots Organization: Report
"A new report pulls aside the curtain and reveals the background of those working to spread anti-LGBTQ+ hatred using the hate account Gays Against Groomers. The founder of Gays Against Groomers, Jaimee Michell, and her partners are former ultra-MAGA Trump followers who spread anti-transgender propaganda with QAnon conspiracy theories and links to extremist militias, according to a Media Matters for America investigation published last week. In response to accusations that it spreads homophobia and transphobia, GAG claims that, as a “coalition of gay people,” it and its members cannot possibly spread anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda. Furthermore, they claim that any attack on the group is homophobic."
Feb. 21, 2023
Extremists And Trump Operatives Run Gays Against Groomers, According To A New Report
"The more we learn about the people behind “Gays Against Groomers,” the more it feels like their real name should be “Gays Who’re Grifting.” A new investigative report this week from media watchdog group Media Matters for America has revealed that Gays Against Groomers founder Jaimee Michell and her partners are former Trump acolytes employed by conservative communications companies using QAnon conspiracies and ties to extremist militias to spread anti-transgender propaganda. When accused of peddling homophobia and transphobia, researchers wrote, GAG frequently claims “that as a ‘coalition of gay people’ it and its members are incapable of spreading anti-LGBTQ propaganda.” But far from being a “grassroots organization” (as they claim on their official merchandise page, where t-shirts are currently on sale for $30), GAG is the project of several right-wingers who stand to politically and financially profit from anti-trans rhetoric."
Feb. 9, 2023
‘Gays Against Groomers’ Going After Former Illinois Activist
"“Gays Against Groomers” (GAG) has taken aim at a former Champaign resident who dared to challenge their claims. Noah, whose last name is being withheld out of safety concerns, had posted a TikTok video pushing back against a call by the group to go after The Trevor Project. In response, GAG went after him. GAG has risen to prominence along with other anti-LGBTQ groups such as Moms for Liberty (MfL) within the past couple of years. And like MfL, GAG has been particularly focused on drag queens and transgender people’s access to affirming care. [...] According to the “About” page on their website, they claim that the LGBTQ rights movement has been “hijacked” by “radical activists” pushing an extreme agenda. Which they say include drag queen story hours and inclusive education. GAG also claims that the majority of gay people support them."
Nov. 22, 2022
Google Bans Anti-Trans Hate Group Gays Against Groomers
"Technology companies have been under pressure for months to stop enabling the spread of anti-transgender hate and targeting LGBTQ+ people by online trolls. As a result of terms of service violations, a popular anti-trans hate group was banned from a major internet service for the second time this week. Gays Against Groomers, founded by Florida political operative Jaimee Michell who identifies as gay, was banned from using Google's subscriber services late Tuesday evening, the group said on social media. Shortly after Michell appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program to complain to the far-right pundit about the news that Venmo and PayPal had banned the group, Gays Against Groomers took to Twitter. Although Michell and Carlson discussed being banned from utilizing the platform to collect funds for use in its hate campaigns, Gays Against Groomers tweeted about now being banned from Google as well."
Sep. 21, 2022
This Gay Conservative Twitter Account Is The Latest Trying To Use Drag To Stir Outrage
"On Wednesday, the Daily Dot published a report on “Gays Against Groomers,” or GAG. It’s a Twitter account that is basically a Great Value version of the notoriously toxic Libs of TikTok, except it’s run by a lesbian, Jaimee Mitchell. She is apparently a creative designer at a right-wing marketing firm, one who (surprise!) follows open white supremacists and has promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories on her personal account."
Jul. 1, 2021

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